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Rare black foxes on the loose in Colchester

PUBLISHED: 21:08 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:05 29 April 2019

The three rare breed black foxes are said to have been let loose from their enclosure in Colchester Picture: RICHARD ASHTON

The three rare breed black foxes are said to have been let loose from their enclosure in Colchester Picture: RICHARD ASHTON

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Two rare black foxes are currently on the loose in Colchester after someone let them out of their temporary accommodation.

The last of the three missing foxes has been found dead on the A12 near Colchester. Picture: RICHARD ASHTONThe last of the three missing foxes has been found dead on the A12 near Colchester. Picture: RICHARD ASHTON

Exotic animals consultant Richard Ashton, who owns the foxes, said the animals were deliberately released from a location in Mile End on Thursday evening.

Three foxes – two male, one female – were originally on the loose, but Mr Ashton has since caught the female this evening in the grounds of the St Aubyn Centre.

Many people have taken to social media with sightings of the foxes around the town.

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Mr Ashton, who lives in Ipswich, said: “They were deliberately let out by someone who broke into where they were being temporarily housed.

“I've been all out day, and have seen them but unfortunately members of the public have tried to chase them or catch them and we haven't been able to get them back.”

Mr Ashton said: “They are captive bred foxes but they have special medical conditions.

“I'm due to be building brand new enclosures for them.”

Mr Ashton is urging people to call him with sightings.

“If people see them, then call me on 07717 372150, don't try to chase them or catch them,” he added.

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