Man says foxes must be dealt with before someone is hurt

A Goring man said foxes have become a '˜problem' after he claimed a '˜dangerous pest' chewed through his brake cable.

Daryl Mann of Goring said fox chewed through brake cable SUS-160323-164943001
Daryl Mann of Goring said fox chewed through brake cable SUS-160323-164943001

Daryl Mann, of North Avenue, narrowly avoided a car accident on Monday, March 14, after he made the shocking discovery that his brakes had failed.

But when investigating the problem he found brake fluid had leaked all over his driveway and the brake cable had been chewed through.

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Daryl said: “Foxes are becoming a problem in Goring. I very nearly had a car crash because as I drove my vehicle out of my drive I realised I had no brakes because a fox had chewed through my brake cable causing toxic corrosive brake fluid to flood out all over my driveway, and now I face a big bill at the garage.”

Foxes assemble opposite Goring home

Daryl claimed this was not the first time his property has been damaged by foxes.

He said: “Last month we had our mains lead to our pond pump chewed and to our garden lights.

“Our next door neighbour had his mains cable from his house to his caravan chewed.”

Foxes are no stranger to North Avenue and residents have claimed to have seen up to ten congregating at a time.

Daryl said: “If you come any time of the day to North Avenue in Goring you will catch foxes out and about whatever the time or weather.”

Earlier this month, Jamie and Emily Hollif, also of North Avenue, took an eye-opening picture one evening of seven foxes congregating outside their home.

At the time, Jamie told the Herald: “It’s lovely seeing them because they’re wild and intriguing but it does get a bit frustrating.”

Daryl said the council has been informed of the fox ‘problem’ in Goring, and he hopes they can be dealt with ‘humanely’ before someone is seriously hurt.

He said: “We are yet to see what they will do with these dangerous pests who are out in force terrorising the local pets. We are setting up motion detection cameras and a time lapse camera to show how bad the problem is.”

A spokesman for Adur District Council said it has no powers to remove foxes but will be looking to fine people who feed them.

He said: “We will maintain a focus​ ​on finding out who is feeding the foxes, and on asking landowners to keep waste ground tidied​,​ reduce ground​ ​cover, and separately to find out from planning colleagues the timescale for redevelopment of th​is site​. We will also continue to investigating a possible littering offence concerning one or two members of the public​,​ ​who do not live in the area, but are feeding the foxes​.”

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