Bad news from Hackney last week, with two little girls apparently attacked by a fox who managed to get into their home. Nasty stuff, and while foxes have been known to attack humans (such as this incident in Dartford in 2002), such events are very, very rare.
This didn’t prevent what looked like the first silly season story of the summer emerging from this sad tale, with mayor Boris Johnson weighing in against the foxes and BBC London publishing possibly the most ridiculous news story in its history – “policeman takes photo of fox”. Get the bushy-tailed bastard!
To complete the descent into tragic farce that the reporting of this family tragedy became, with one child still in hospital and the other back with her parents, police are now guarding the family home because of fears of attacks by animal rights activists.
As most Londoners will know, foxes tend to be very timid creatures around humans – although I’ve heard of tame ones in Greenwich Park. Of course, they can make a right mess – and a right racket when they get in the mood. Whatever has been said and done in the past few weeks, and whether or not it was a fox who attacked the children in Hackney, hopefully they will recover soon and the family will be able to live a normal life once again after what has undoubtedly been a terrible time for them.
Still, as Boris instructed London’s boroughs to redouble their efforts against these beasts, Greenwich Council has stepped up to the mark. On page two of this week’s issue of propaganda rag Greenwich Time, the authority reassures us that it’s being vigilant…
Yes, it does say “ther” in the headline. The council is so keen to impress on us that it’s concerned about foxes, the same story, er, also appears on page seven…
Tough on foxes, tough on the causes of foxes. Still, let’s be thankful for small mercies – it’s better than another photo of the council leader, I guess.