SHOCKING VIDEO: Footage of rats running around Irish branch of coffee chain emerges
A video has emerged of rats rummaging around a branch of Caffe Nero in Belfast.
The shop, in Belfast's city centre, currently has a sign in the window stating that it is 'closed for essential maintenance'.
Caffe Nero has nearly 600 stores around the world.
The footage was taken last month by a couple who were passing the shop at around 1.30am having been our for dinner.
A 24-year-old man from Belfast, who took the footage but din't want to be named, said: "It was around 1.30am-2am. We couldn't get a taxi so we decided to walk through town to get to a taxi depot.
"It was out of the corner of my eye I noticed one rat on the floor and then eventually another one, and I watched them climb up the counter top and in behind the coffee machine. Then I started recording it.
"I couldn't believe it in such a well-known brand. I was quite shocked and stunned. That's why I started recording it, because I didn't think anyone would believe it."
In a statement, a spokesperson for Caffe Nero said: "This incident has only just been brought to our attention.
"We are taking it extremely seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation as a matter of urgency."