Farringdon tube mice cause rolled-trouser panic in London

Aug 28, 2012

Spoof sign in London Underground station introduces world to dangerous ankle-biting mice

FORGET the Essex lion – which now turns out to be an exaggerated moggy – the animal striking terror into the hearts of Britons today is even smaller. The Farringdon mouse is a vicious creature with the habit of nipping commuters’ ankles, according to a much-tweeted London Underground sign.

A picture doing the rounds on the internet (above) shows a Tube whiteboard on which is written the warning: “The mice at this station have been attacking customers. Please place the bottom of your trousers into your socks to avoid being a victim of the Farringdon Mice.”

Transport for London (TfL) has now denied that the sign in question was written by an employee. The transport provider told the London Underground blog that there are “no problems with mice” at the station and the board has now been wiped.

But the sign caused mirth and even consternation before it was denounced as a hoax. Twitter user and Guardian writer @GuardianJoanna wrote: “Yikes! Not sure I'm keen to go to Farringdon Tube station anytime soon - don't want a mouse running up my leg!”

The London Loves Business website asked if Londoners might be treated to the sight of Boris Johnson “down there with his pellet gun”. Cameramen from ITV were spotted filming the sign this afternoon – perhaps in preparation for an “and finally” spot on News at Ten.

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