Mapping fox attacks in south-east London and north Kent

Have you ever been attacked by a fox?

Have you ever been attacked by a fox?

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NEWS Shopper wants to map fox attacks across the south-east London and north Kent area.

Urban foxes are again in the spotlight following an incident in which a one-month-old baby reportedly had a finger ripped off by one of the animals which got into its Downham home.

While this was a very extreme case, fox attacks are not uncommon – as a quick trawl through News Shopper’s web archive testifies.

In 2006 we reported on another incident in Downham where a 10-year-old girl was bitten on the leg in her bed.

In 2010 a 49-year-old woman was bitten on her hand outside her front door in Catford 

Last year there were several reported incidents including a man ‘mugged by a fox for his garlic bread in Orpington.

A Sidcup woman suffered a similar attack when a fox went after her fruit and veg 

And one particularly 'cocky' fox was mown down by a car in Blackfen shortly after attacking a teenage couple 

We want to build up a map of such incidents so please tell us if you, your pets or your property have ever been attacked by a fox.

Add your comments below or email News Shopper, providing as much information as possible as about the where, the when and what happened.

You can also send in pictures of foxes you’ve spotted where you live – email them or text 80360 starting your message with NEWS SHOPPER.

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2:32pm Mon 11 Feb 13

old nick says...

it's all B.S.
it's all B.S. old nick
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3:17pm Mon 11 Feb 13

mymatesteve says...

I've had it with these **** things. If you ask me the government should arm 14 year old boys with air rifles and they'd take care of them no probs.
I've had it with these **** things. If you ask me the government should arm 14 year old boys with air rifles and they'd take care of them no probs. mymatesteve
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3:24pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Polly Staight says...

I find it amusing that townspeople are getting excited about foxes and their habits...

...Whilst simultaneously holding the whip hand when it comes to country people needing to keep the fox population low.

I reckon that instead of banning hunting foxes with dogs, we should have expanded the franchise to endorse... Hunting foxes with a pit-bulls and BMX's.
I find it amusing that townspeople are getting excited about foxes and their habits... ...Whilst simultaneously holding the whip hand when it comes to country people needing to keep the fox population low. I reckon that instead of banning hunting foxes with dogs, we should have expanded the franchise to endorse... Hunting foxes with a pit-bulls and BMX's. Polly Staight
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3:25pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

Oh please NS..until you can say for definite it was a fox I don't think you should be blaming a fox! I know you like a bit of banter but please..a poor baby is still in hospital recovering from his ordeal for crying out loud and this is not the time/place for entertaining jokers!!!
Oh please NS..until you can say for definite it was a fox I don't think you should be blaming a fox! I know you like a bit of banter but please..a poor baby is still in hospital recovering from his ordeal for crying out loud and this is not the time/place for entertaining jokers!!! Inspirationalady28
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4:15pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Louise Richardson says...

Most suspicious story of 2013! None of it adds up. Their back door lock was broken "for ages" and Lewisham council refused to fix it. Why did they refuse to fix it? How did the fox get in? Did they leave the door open then, with an unattended baby in another room? Or we've tamed them so much they use handles nowadays?!  What sort of people would not at least try and fix the door themselves rather than wait for the Council, especially with a new baby in the house, leaving it open for all and sundry to come in?! And, now the family have apparently been moved to different accommodation?! Seriously?!! I wouldn't mind betting there was a jealous family dog involved, not a fox, and this is all down to their irresponsibility and they're covering something up. The police won't comment as to whether or not they had a dog and enquiries are still ongoing. Hope the little boy gets well soon..
Most suspicious story of 2013! None of it adds up. Their back door lock was broken "for ages" and Lewisham council refused to fix it. Why did they refuse to fix it? How did the fox get in? Did they leave the door open then, with an unattended baby in another room? Or we've tamed them so much they use handles nowadays?!  What sort of people would not at least try and fix the door themselves rather than wait for the Council, especially with a new baby in the house, leaving it open for all and sundry to come in?! And, now the family have apparently been moved to different accommodation?! Seriously?!! I wouldn't mind betting there was a jealous family dog involved, not a fox, and this is all down to their irresponsibility and they're covering something up. The police won't comment as to whether or not they had a dog and enquiries are still ongoing. Hope the little boy gets well soon.. Louise Richardson
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6:43pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Marty1979 says...

Housing association have stated door was fixed 24th January and even now they've had no other reports

Pictures on TV & papers show closed door with no damage

Then suggestion fox got in through cat flap

Same pictures show no cat flap


Gets stranger and stranger
Housing association have stated door was fixed 24th January and even now they've had no other reports Pictures on TV & papers show closed door with no damage Then suggestion fox got in through cat flap Same pictures show no cat flap Gets stranger and stranger Marty1979
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9:55pm Mon 11 Feb 13

blackheatheagle says...

We have had foxes in our back garden for over 30 years as we back on to a playing field. I have never seen them display any aggression even when our dog chases them. In fact we currently have a young dogfox who appears to be smitten by our dog as he tries to get as close to her as possible. Definitely play tendancies being displayed at the moment.

Many of our neighbours have cats who pass through our garden and I have never heard of any of them coming to any harm.

Certainly in my opinion the pecking order of 'I'm not standing any nonsense from you' would be cat, dog and then fox.
We have had foxes in our back garden for over 30 years as we back on to a playing field. I have never seen them display any aggression even when our dog chases them. In fact we currently have a young dogfox who appears to be smitten by our dog as he tries to get as close to her as possible. Definitely play tendancies being displayed at the moment. Many of our neighbours have cats who pass through our garden and I have never heard of any of them coming to any harm. Certainly in my opinion the pecking order of 'I'm not standing any nonsense from you' would be cat, dog and then fox. blackheatheagle
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4:09am Tue 12 Feb 13

Smiffy666 says...

Man in Orpington mugged for his garlic bread, by a fox! You had better believe it, I was mugged by a fox just yesterday, it came from behind me cuffed me on the back of the head and wanted my watch! it wanted to know what time the dustmen were coming, never been so scared! Think there is a gang of these Foxy muggers on the loose. The world has gone nuts!!
Man in Orpington mugged for his garlic bread, by a fox! You had better believe it, I was mugged by a fox just yesterday, it came from behind me cuffed me on the back of the head and wanted my watch! it wanted to know what time the dustmen were coming, never been so scared! Think there is a gang of these Foxy muggers on the loose. The world has gone nuts!! Smiffy666
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7:47am Tue 12 Feb 13

Simon bald says...

great idea ns,maybe a name for this campaign like Foxhunters.

Who you gonna call

FOXHUNTERS!!!!!
great idea ns,maybe a name for this campaign like Foxhunters. Who you gonna call FOXHUNTERS!!!!! Simon bald
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8:12am Tue 12 Feb 13

Beckenhamlady says...

Poor little man I hope he gets better soon.

I don’t believe the story for one moment I have foxes in my back garden I have a two year old I never leave my back door open when I am not in the room and I don’t leave my front door open when I take out the rubbish may sound weird but I know my daughter is safe from any harm.
If I had a broken lock I would get it fixed if my Landlord didn’t just so I know my daughter and I are safe not just from Foxes.
In the pictures the front garden looks a mess try tidying it up clearing away all the rubbish scattered around the lawn.
Poor little man I hope he gets better soon. I don’t believe the story for one moment I have foxes in my back garden I have a two year old I never leave my back door open when I am not in the room and I don’t leave my front door open when I take out the rubbish may sound weird but I know my daughter is safe from any harm. If I had a broken lock I would get it fixed if my Landlord didn’t just so I know my daughter and I are safe not just from Foxes. In the pictures the front garden looks a mess try tidying it up clearing away all the rubbish scattered around the lawn. Beckenhamlady
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10:47am Tue 12 Feb 13

Invicta58 says...

Shall we wait until it is proven a fox was involved? There are more holes in this story than my underwear. And that's a lot.
Shall we wait until it is proven a fox was involved? There are more holes in this story than my underwear. And that's a lot. Invicta58
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2:20pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Cubbage says...

You can map all you like but including an attack on a garlic loaf and some fruit and veg is stretching an already thin point!
You can map all you like but including an attack on a garlic loaf and some fruit and veg is stretching an already thin point! Cubbage
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10:45pm Tue 12 Feb 13

paulbexleyheath says...

i just dont believe any of this fox story.
foxes are great rat catchers not baby killers . ok they rumage though bins for food. but they dont attack babies .
i just dont believe any of this fox story. foxes are great rat catchers not baby killers . ok they rumage though bins for food. but they dont attack babies . paulbexleyheath
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1:28pm Wed 13 Feb 13

banjo8 says...

well this one did.
well this one did. banjo8
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12:06pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Wiggy001 says...

So 5 incidents of a very dubious nature with no actual proof in 7 years constitutes "common"?

Come on NS, try reporting on real news for a change.
So 5 incidents of a very dubious nature with no actual proof in 7 years constitutes "common"? Come on NS, try reporting on real news for a change. Wiggy001
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4:44pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Bromley Rover says...

I see foxes any time I come home after dark, never cause me any problems apart from the odd scat on the doorstop.
Just leave them alone.

Dogs are far more dangerous, lets have a cull on every council estate.
I see foxes any time I come home after dark, never cause me any problems apart from the odd scat on the doorstop. Just leave them alone. Dogs are far more dangerous, lets have a cull on every council estate. Bromley Rover
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