Hertfordshire Mercury, 2nd November 1918
At a hearing of the Hoddesdon Urban District Council on Wednesday evening at the Coffee Tavern Hall, Hoddesdon, Mr A.L. Watson, a Council Member, drew attention to the plague of rats in the district and spoke of the ravages which they were committing on allotment gardens. His turnips, carrots and beet had been spoilt by them and the man who helped him with his garden had 29 tails in his possession. Under the Defence of the Realm Act it was the duty of everyone to destroy rats which spoilt the food that was being grown.
The Clerk said the police had authority to pay a penny per tail. Mr Watson said the Ware Rural Council were paying an additional penny to that offered by the County Council. The Clerk was directed to have some notices issued on the matter.