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Littlehampton woman moves house after foxes terrorise her home
1:50pm Sunday 17th February 2013 in News
A disabled pensioner in Littlehampton said she is being forced to put her home on the market after a council refused to help her tackle the wild foxes who have been terrorising her home.
Barbara Huggins, 65, of White Horses Way, has been living in fear since she witnessed foxes kill a cat in her back garden two months ago.
She says the fearless creatures wander the streets in broad daylight, and she is now too fright- ened to let her beloved two-year-old Chihuahua outside.
She said: “Alfie is the only family I have left. He is my life and soul. I can’t sleep because I’m terrified that the foxes will kill him.”
The desperate homeowner claims the foxes have caused extensive damage to her bungalow, wrecking her garden and even getting onto her roof.
She described one occasion when the wily creatures crept into her dining room after she left the back door open.
She added: “There was blood up the walls and it stank.”
Fears for safety It is unclear where the foxes are coming from, but Barbara believes that the animals are drawn by rubbish left on an abandoned path at the bottom of her garden.
Arun District Council has been unable to confirm who is responsible for the path, but she claims to have spoken to at least 25 neighbouring households who have been affected by the problem.
These include a family who are concerned for the safety of their young child.
Anxious for help, she appealed to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Arun District Council, but was informed by the local authority that there was nothing they could do.
The council’s website confirms that it is unable to assist residents with foxes, but urges people not to encourage them with food or unsecured rubbish.
But for Barbara mere advice is not enough.
One company said it would cost £200 to have the foxes relocated, but she lives alone and this is more than she can afford.
Despite living on White Horses Way less than a year, she now feels that she has no option but to put the property back on the market.
She said: “I’ve tried everything but I don’t know what else to do.
“I don’t want to sell my bungalow but if that’s what it takes then that’s what I have to do.”
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