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Mouse hunt at Holyrood restaurant

Mice are suspected of being in the parliament's restaurant

The Scottish Parliament is being monitored after "evidence of mice" was found in the restaurant and bar at Holyrood.

A Scottish Parliament spokeswoman said signs had been spotted in the restaurant and bar which is used by MSPs and others in December.

She said after that the area had been cleaned and the problem was "resolved".

Bait boxes, which measure any mouse activity, had been placed in the MSPs' block at Holyrood, she added.

These are monitored routinely and the spokeswoman said that so far there had been no further sign of the creatures.

The spokeswoman said: "December was the first and only time evidence of mice was reported in the members' bar."

She added: "The parliament ensured the area was cleaned and undertook weekly checks.

"Within two weeks the problem was resolved and no further evidence of mice in the area has been reported."

Holyrood bosses have previously had to install netting on parts of the building in a bid to stop pigeons.

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