These skin-crawling images show fat brown rats stalking the streets of Cheltenham’s upmarket shopping and dining area.

A reader captured the rodents on the streets of Montpellier after shoppers spoke of their horror after a rat was spotted sat on a shelf in the district’s Co-op store.

But the sightings come as no surprise in the area as the old adage suggests people are never more than six-feet away from a rat – especially in an area with restaurants and a thriving nightlife.