Tree are growing so close to homes in Kentish Town, north west London, that squirrels are stealing soap and shower gel from bathrooms.
This is the warning from residents in Castle Road, who say Camden Council needs to intervene over trees which they say look like they “belong in the Brazilian rainforest”. The trees, a mixture of ash, sycamore and chestnut, were planted along the pavement in the 1970s, but are now causing “houses to crack apart”.
Johnny Murphy, 75, who has lived at a flat in Castle Road, for more than 40 years said the soap-stealing squirrels “must be the cleanest in Kentish Town”. He added: “Nobody knows where the stuff goes or what on earth they want to do with it, but we know it’s them because they’ve been caught red-handed in the past.
“No one can leave their windows open because you open one window and they spot it. They leap straight in from the branches.” Mr Murphy added: “Even if they don’t steal anything, who wants squirrels bouncing around in their bedroom? It’s because they have homes in the trees. These trees are horrendous and they’ve got to go.”