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Mother, Meltam Assim, who is frightened about foxes calls for Enfield Borough Council to take action
A mother “terrified” about foxes attacking her baby is calling for Enfield Borough Council to take action.
Meltam Assim, of Hammond Road in Enfield Highway, claims a skulk of up to nine foxes is plaguing front and back gardens in the street during the day and night.
The 41-year-old claims the pests have lurked for months and refuses to open her windows in case they gain access to her home and harm her five-month-old son Kaya-Khan.
Her fears were heightened following at a fox attack in Lewisham last month, which left a four-week-old baby with a severed finger after an animal gained access to his family’s home.
Ms Assim said: “I am at the stage where I am terrified to leave a window open – I have a baby in the house. I don’t know how we are going to get through the summer.
“The council has dealt with the wheelie bins, but they have not provided a solution to the fox problem.
“I am not against foxes, I love animals but it is not safe for them to be living here.”
She said over the past weeks more foxes have appeared and she is anxious their numbers will rise as they breed over the summer.
The road, she claims, is largely kept clean, but she believes a neighbour encourages the foxes by feeding them regularly.
Although she can keep a watchful eye over her son inside her home, she fears for her cat’s safety after a neighbour’s pet cat was “butchered” by foxes in the past few weeks.
Kathleen Woodham, who lives next door to Ms Assim, has called the council regularly to warn the authority of the issues.
However, she claims the complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
The 63-year-old is fretting about the safety of the children in the neighbourhood, but is also growing increasingly protective of her pet chihuahua, which she believes could fall victim to the foxes.
She said: “The kids can’t play outside because foxes are in the garden. Now the weather has started to improve, we can’t go into the garden. It’s ridiculous.
“I think the council has got to do something now. We have all had enough.”
Ms Woodham said she has spent £200 on pest control to try to coax the foxes away from the area, but she does not know what else can be done unless the council gets involved.
She added: “Foxes look lovely, but they are not – they are evil.”
The Enfield Independent is waiting for a comment from the council.