Foxes chewing through drivers’ brakes
Drivers in Tunbridge Wells have been left outraged after hungry foxes apparently chewed through the brake cables of several cars.
Foxes have been named as the guilty party in a spate of car brake cuttings across Tunbridge Wells. Six drivers across the area had reported their cars had been tampered with during a two-week period in May.
Kent police called in an wildlife expert who confirmed that the damage was caused by young foxes playfully chewing their way through the lines. Inspector Christian Mayers, from the Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Unit, described the cases as “very unusual”. He suggested that drivers regularly wash their car to remove the scent left by other foxes or even consider using animal repellents to deter the intruders.He added: ‘I would always advise people to get some strong animal repellent and squirt it underneath and round the car. Or park your car elsewhere.’I did know of a case once where a woman got in her car and went out down the M25 and suddenly realised she had no brakes.
There is no evidence at this stage to suggest the damage was deliberately caused by a person however any new reports will be thoroughly investigated. Foxes, especially cubs at this time of year, are known to rest under vehicles and can chew through pipes.
Foxes, especially cubs at this time of year, are known to rest under vehicles and can chew through pipes.
– Kent Police statement