Sidcup woman mugged by fox for her fruit and veg

Louisa Power

Louisa Power

First published in News by

A HEALTH conscious fox stalked a Sidcup shopper before mugging her fruit and veg as she walked home.

Louisa Power was walking along Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup, at around 6.15pm on November 5, after visiting the Co-op to buy ingredients for her soup that night.

As the 46-year-old headed home with her bag of spring onions, two apples, baby corn and mange tout, she came across a medium sized fox which was "quite young and didn't look tatty".

She told News Shopper: "It was in front of me in the road, I thought 'that's a brave fox'.

"It didn't move when I walked past."

She added: "It sniffed my grocery bag and started walking after me.

"I used my handbag to try and shoo it away.

"But as I looked round it was on my heel snarling at me.

"I ran away and it jumped up and grabbed the food bag out of my hand."

Mrs Power, who works in advertising, says the fearless fox ran off with her apples and spring onions.

The mother-of-two said: "It was unbelievable, the audacity of that fox.

"A guy came over to help me and retrieved a couple of the items.

"I was quite shocked because they are not small animals - a big thank you to the man who helped me.

"I will have my wits about me from now on when I walk home."

She added: "The council should do something to deter the foxes away from urban areas.

"It is a growing problem and dangerous to both young and old people in Bexley.

"It is essential that it is dealt with by the council in a humane way, I love animals and don’t want any harm done to them."

A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: "The council provides advice and support to people who are affected by foxes in their neighbourhood, this includes how foxes can be deterred and discouraged.

"The council would be happy to receive further information in relation to this incident to see if it can help resolve any matters which could be encouraging foxes.

"The council does not provide a fox control service.

"This is in response to independent research which shows culling or removal of foxes has little impact on numbers."

For more advice, call 020 8303 7777 option two or visit bexley.gov.uk

Other fearless foxes across the News Shopper area

News Shopper: Seb Baker was walking home with his shopping when he was mugged by a fox

- In March Seb Baker, 29, was walking with his shopping along an alleyway near Mungo Park Way, Orpington, when a fox jumped up and stole his Tesco Value garlic bread.

- Last month Crayford tradesman Kevin May, 61, was told wires on the underside of his van had been chewed by foxes - costing him more than £470 to fix.

- Joseph Gillinder, from Bromley, is calling on foxes to be culled after one bushy-tailed creature crept into his home last month, leaving the 31-year-old fearing for the safety of his four-month-old baby.

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9:15am Tue 13 Nov 12

PaulErith says...

Yeah right!
Yeah right! PaulErith
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9:17am Tue 13 Nov 12

cookster says...

La-la land.
La-la land. cookster
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9:20am Tue 13 Nov 12

EverardEdbutt says...

Another Non Story by the NS. They should stop giving column space to these attention seeking numpties.

Mind you I did get held up at gunpoint by my neighbours cat last week

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Another Non Story by the NS. They should stop giving column space to these attention seeking numpties. Mind you I did get held up at gunpoint by my neighbours cat last week http://funcial.com/m achine-gun-cat-anima tion-gif/cctu.us*cop permine*albums*docba un*machine-gun-cat-a nimation.gif/ EverardEdbutt
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10:45am Tue 13 Nov 12

Virtual-Monster says...

Snarling fox? Someones imagination got the better of them I think!
Snarling fox? Someones imagination got the better of them I think! Virtual-Monster
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11:28am Tue 13 Nov 12

the wall says...

She added: "The council should do something to deter the foxes away from urban areas - Oh do shut up you stupid woman!
She added: "The council should do something to deter the foxes away from urban areas - Oh do shut up you stupid woman! the wall
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11:30am Tue 13 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

These people must be tripping.


Aceeeeeeeeeeed
These people must be tripping. Aceeeeeeeeeeed Gypo.Joe
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1:29pm Tue 13 Nov 12

PaulErith says...

I'm guessing someone at the Newshopper doesn't like foxes. The other article was even worse in terms of being a non story. (i.e. the one where a fox set foot in a house and then run out again!).
I'm guessing someone at the Newshopper doesn't like foxes. The other article was even worse in terms of being a non story. (i.e. the one where a fox set foot in a house and then run out again!). PaulErith
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2:35pm Tue 13 Nov 12

mysticpoppy8 says...

Never heard of a health conscious fox before. Foxes are shy animals who wouldn't want a carrier bag of fruit and veg anyway, they would much prefer a nice joint of meat. Come on now, do you really think that anybody believes this twaddle. You just don't like wild life.
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Never heard of a health conscious fox before. Foxes are shy animals who wouldn't want a carrier bag of fruit and veg anyway, they would much prefer a nice joint of meat. Come on now, do you really think that anybody believes this twaddle. You just don't like wild life. . mysticpoppy8
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5:34pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Virtual-Monster says...

mysticpoppy8 wrote:
Never heard of a health conscious fox before. Foxes are shy animals who wouldn't want a carrier bag of fruit and veg anyway, they would much prefer a nice joint of meat. Come on now, do you really think that anybody believes this twaddle. You just don't like wild life.
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Foxes are scavenging omnivores and will eat pretty much anything given the opportunity. Some foxes have become comfortable around humans and it is entirely possible that they equate carrier bags with food (think how many of your neighbours wrap up scraps of food in carrier bags in preparation for the dustbin).

I think this story has more holes in it than a rusty colander, but we must not forget that foxes are wild animals and as such there is always a chance that someone with an over active imagination could find themselves misunderstanding the actions of a fox.
[quote][p][bold]mysticpoppy8[/bold] wrote: Never heard of a health conscious fox before. Foxes are shy animals who wouldn't want a carrier bag of fruit and veg anyway, they would much prefer a nice joint of meat. Come on now, do you really think that anybody believes this twaddle. You just don't like wild life. .[/p][/quote]Foxes are scavenging omnivores and will eat pretty much anything given the opportunity. Some foxes have become comfortable around humans and it is entirely possible that they equate carrier bags with food (think how many of your neighbours wrap up scraps of food in carrier bags in preparation for the dustbin). I think this story has more holes in it than a rusty colander, but we must not forget that foxes are wild animals and as such there is always a chance that someone with an over active imagination could find themselves misunderstanding the actions of a fox. Virtual-Monster
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7:26pm Tue 13 Nov 12

You again? says...

EverardEdbutt wrote:
Another Non Story by the NS. They should stop giving column space to these attention seeking numpties.

Mind you I did get held up at gunpoint by my neighbours cat last week

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[quote][p][bold]EverardEdbutt[/bold] wrote: Another Non Story by the NS. They should stop giving column space to these attention seeking numpties. Mind you I did get held up at gunpoint by my neighbours cat last week http://funcial.com/m achine-gun-cat-anima tion-gif/cctu.us*cop permine*albums*docba un*machine-gun-cat-a nimation.gif/[/p][/quote]100% agree You again?
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7:39pm Tue 13 Nov 12

paulbexleyheath says...

very funny.
who would have thought it . a fox thats gone on a health food diet lol... come on get real.
very funny. who would have thought it . a fox thats gone on a health food diet lol... come on get real. paulbexleyheath
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9:50pm Tue 13 Nov 12

D.D.S.B says...

She isn't looking sternly at the camera with her arms folded so is clearly not that concerned.
She isn't looking sternly at the camera with her arms folded so is clearly not that concerned. D.D.S.B
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10:26pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Marty1979 says...

I see the report about one attempting to attack / eat / abduct a baby has been changed from "waltzed" into the house to "crept in"

Well, someone else has had their 15 minutes of fame
I see the report about one attempting to attack / eat / abduct a baby has been changed from "waltzed" into the house to "crept in" Well, someone else has had their 15 minutes of fame Marty1979
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11:42pm Tue 13 Nov 12

MMetaller says...

Hahahahahaha!

Oh good lord! Come on news shopper writers; this is honestly getting ludicrous now.

Please get off your backsides and report some real news; not fabricated and generally one sided rubbish.

News shopper respect levels depleting ever so rapidly now.
Hahahahahaha! Oh good lord! Come on news shopper writers; this is honestly getting ludicrous now. Please get off your backsides and report some real news; not fabricated and generally one sided rubbish. News shopper respect levels depleting ever so rapidly now. MMetaller
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12:29am Wed 14 Nov 12

mouthalmighty says...

You are all missing the point. The governments drive to get everyone eating more healthily has got through to the foxes. Well done the Gov.
You are all missing the point. The governments drive to get everyone eating more healthily has got through to the foxes. Well done the Gov. mouthalmighty
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11:43am Wed 14 Nov 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

I was mugged in me yoof, a foxy young lady stole me meat and two veg.


I'm still paying the price now.
I was mugged in me yoof, a foxy young lady stole me meat and two veg. I'm still paying the price now. Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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1:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

PaulErith says...

Noticed that this 'story' has made the Metro this morning. Probably be in the Evening Standard tonight! Incidently, love the woman's pose in the picture.
Noticed that this 'story' has made the Metro this morning. Probably be in the Evening Standard tonight! Incidently, love the woman's pose in the picture. PaulErith
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2:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

PingXL says...

I think I saw this fox in Avery Hill Road last night, near Old Farm Avenue. It was about 5.50pm and there were lots of pedestrians and traffic about. I noticed it because it didn't seem to run off as I approached, or anyone else for that matter. I work nights and when I was on my way home about 6'ish, I saw it again, this time in Old Farm Ave. Again it didn't run away at first and I stood face to face with it about 2 yards away for a short while before it trotted off. My first thought was that it had gone mad but I suppose it could be desperately starving. It didn't look imaciated though.

I don't think I need a checkup from the neck up but they say you are the last to know.
I think I saw this fox in Avery Hill Road last night, near Old Farm Avenue. It was about 5.50pm and there were lots of pedestrians and traffic about. I noticed it because it didn't seem to run off as I approached, or anyone else for that matter. I work nights and when I was on my way home about 6'ish, I saw it again, this time in Old Farm Ave. Again it didn't run away at first and I stood face to face with it about 2 yards away for a short while before it trotted off. My first thought was that it had gone mad but I suppose it could be desperately starving. It didn't look imaciated though. I don't think I need a checkup from the neck up but they say you are the last to know. PingXL
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3:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

junie says...

great news.

omg been mugged by a fox..ok love we believe
ya
great news. omg been mugged by a fox..ok love we believe ya junie
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6:53pm Wed 14 Nov 12

jaded1 says...

Foxes today!
Foxes today! jaded1
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9:19pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Threadworm says...

I believe her I really do, santa clause and the tooth fairy told me foxes attack........ anyone sees this woman point her in the direction of the mental institute and the news shopper me thinks needs to encourage readers not discourage them keep writing this ****
I believe her I really do, santa clause and the tooth fairy told me foxes attack........ anyone sees this woman point her in the direction of the mental institute and the news shopper me thinks needs to encourage readers not discourage them keep writing this **** Threadworm
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12:04am Thu 15 Nov 12

PingXL says...

You are a cynical bunch. You'll be telling me there's no god next, or UFO's. And ghosts :-(
You are a cynical bunch. You'll be telling me there's no god next, or UFO's. And ghosts :-( PingXL
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12:35pm Thu 15 Nov 12

highway warrior says...

A non story about a fox and yet they still manage to shoehorn in a whinge about the council lol
A non story about a fox and yet they still manage to shoehorn in a whinge about the council lol highway warrior
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4:24pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Readers, stop having a go at the News Shopper. It's a nice quirky story to round off the week.

If you don't like lighthearted stories, subscribe to The Times.

Oh no, you won't do that. You'd have to pay, wouldn't you?
Readers, stop having a go at the News Shopper. It's a nice quirky story to round off the week. If you don't like lighthearted stories, subscribe to The Times. Oh no, you won't do that. You'd have to pay, wouldn't you? Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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6:58pm Fri 16 Nov 12

yogacat says...

Loving these comments and glad i'm not the only one that doubts this story.

Why oh why do people have to stretch the truth just to get in the paper and look stupid with their silly poses? Is that how she acted when the fox was "snarling" at her?
Foxes get such a bad press and thanks lady for adding to it with this ridiculous story.
And the man posing with the Tesco bag and his "Tesco value" garlic bread? I bet his mates had a really good laugh at that!
Pathetic.
Loving these comments and glad i'm not the only one that doubts this story. Why oh why do people have to stretch the truth just to get in the paper and look stupid with their silly poses? Is that how she acted when the fox was "snarling" at her? Foxes get such a bad press and thanks lady for adding to it with this ridiculous story. And the man posing with the Tesco bag and his "Tesco value" garlic bread? I bet his mates had a really good laugh at that! Pathetic. yogacat
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9:38am Mon 19 Nov 12

Rev. Sue Scottley says...

Why would we want to keep foxes away from suburbia? The foxes and all the other nature are part of the reason I live in Bexley. Can't blame foxes for getting cheekier, like all animals they are just adapting to their environment. Humans feed them directly and indirectly so of course they associate us with food.

I appreciate it's not newsworthy when someone has a positive experience with a fox, but I think some stats should be included in the end of negative articles in the interest of balance.
Why would we want to keep foxes away from suburbia? The foxes and all the other nature are part of the reason I live in Bexley. Can't blame foxes for getting cheekier, like all animals they are just adapting to their environment. Humans feed them directly and indirectly so of course they associate us with food. I appreciate it's not newsworthy when someone has a positive experience with a fox, but I think some stats should be included in the end of negative articles in the interest of balance. Rev. Sue Scottley
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12:21pm Sun 25 Nov 12

madras says...

Headline is only a couple of words away from man mugged by fox for his meat and two veg - now that would be newsworthy!
Headline is only a couple of words away from man mugged by fox for his meat and two veg - now that would be newsworthy! madras
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