London Inns Group has fired the manager of its Harp pub in Maidstone, Kent after being fined £3,500 over a rat problem.

A dead rat and a gnawed electrical cable were discovered during a routine inspection of the site.

Alan Bowes, the company's founder, said: "I've had 20 years running successful businesses and never had dead rats. There is no excuse that my then management, area manger and operations manager failed in their duties."