THE MYSTERY behind an overflowing bin that attracted 'rats the size of dogs' has been solved.

Residents of Connah's Quay were baffled as a bin located near the former Swan Inn pub had not been collected for nearly two years - despite rubbish continuing to be added.

Nearby resident Stacey Clowes said she was not getting to the bottom of who the bin belonged to and who would remove the rubbish.

She said: "Biffa wouldn't empty it because they said a bill hadn't been paid and Flintshire wouldn't remove it because it wasn't theirs.

"It stinks. It's been there for nearly two years and it keeps attracting vermin.

"We don't even know who this bin belongs to. The rubbish is overflowing, it's disgusting.

"We are seeing rats the size of dogs. The amount of people that pass through there, it's like hanging the washing out to dry but never picking it back up."

A spokesman from Biffa added: “After investigation we do not have any live contracts in this area and we believe the bin is from a previous contract. We apologise for any inconvenience to the locals and will ensure the bin is picked up and collected as soon as possible.”