Downing Street rat on TV for second time

Jan. 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM

LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A rat appearing on camera during a BBC broadcast from in front of the British prime minister's residence made a second TV appearance during an ITN report.

The rat, which made its first appearance in front of 10 Downing Street during a BBC broadcast Jan. 17, hit the airwaves for a second time Monday during a broadcast featuring ITN correspondent Lucy Manning, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

The rat appeared as Manning was speaking about Andy Coulson's resignation from his position as the Conservative Party's head of communications amid allegations of improper wiretapping at the News of the World tabloid while he was editor.

Coulson resigned his position Friday, saying the "drip drip" from the scandal, involving allegations of workers accessing voice mails left for royal aides, was making it difficult for him to perform his duties. The newspaper's royal editor, Clive Goodman, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed in 2007 on conspiracy charges related to the investigation.

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