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Horror pic shows bloodthirsty rat that tried to eat 76-year-old disabled pensioner as she slept

This is the first picture of the crazed rat which tried to eat disabled pensioner while she was asleep in her bed downstairs in her home.

Husband John Kirk, 85, came downstairs to find wife Diana, 76, caked in blood, and her face and neck covered in claw and bite marks following the attack by the animal.

The pensioner's eyelids, fingers and elbow had also been gnawed by the ravenous rodent which had been hiding in the couple's home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire.

Unknown to the couple, the 9ins long animal had been nesting in their sideboard where John kept bird seed before savaging Diana in the early hours of Monday, May 9.

The next morning the rat was caught in trap laid by a neighbour who shot it dead with a pellet gun.

Retired tank driver John, who has been married to Diana for 36 years, said: “Diana’s injuries were horrific.

“When I was in the army the fella in the next bed shot his brains out with a revolver but the mess that caused wasn’t as bad as this.

“At first I thought Diana had been shot.

“There was blood everywhere. The rat had tried to eat her to get to her blood.

"There were bite marks on her cheek and her lips. Diana’s fingers and elbow were badly chewed as well.”

Diana, a retired John Lewis shop worker, suffers from a catalogue of health problems including dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

A fall down the stairs six years ago left her brain damaged and unable to feel pain.

John, a retired entrepreneur and grandfather-of-one, said: “The only saving grace is that Diana didn’t know too much about it.

“She can’t feel pain because of her brain damage.”

Because of her health problems, Diana sleeps downstairs in the couple’s semi-detached home.

John said he heard scratching sounds coming from the living room the night before Diana was attacked.

He said: “We had a rat in the house before Christmas which the council came and got rid of and I’d thought that was that.

“I’d put seeds and peanuts out for the birds in the garden and kept bags of bird food in the sideboard in the living room.

“The rat must have sneaked into the kitchen and set up a nest in the sideboard because the bags of food were all chewed through.

“The night Diana was attacked I’d gone to bed about 10.20pm and had heard scratching behind the TV but didn’t think too much about it.

“At about 1.30am in the morning I noticed something brush past my bed but fell back to sleep.

“When I came downstairs at 6am the next morning to make Diana a tea, that’s when I saw her covered in blood.

Husband John Kirk and Diana Kirk after the attack (Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

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