Milk delivery allegedly sabotaged to lure foxes to cafe

Police are investigating an incident in which someone allegedly lured foxes to a business to then complain about the mess the foxes made to the council.

The bizarre claim was made during a hearing by the Licensing Panel of LB Hounslow on Wednesday 20 January, in which The Coffee Traveller cafe at 58 Thames Rd, Strand on the Green was applying for an alcohol licence.

The cafe wanted to be able to sell craft beers and wine with food, but the proposal raised some opposition locally. The alcohol licence was approved, but during the hearing the applicant, Mike Nickson, said of one of the opponents:

“What are we to make of that person knowing about, and having complained persistently about urban foxes, then tampering with a secure delivery of milk left outside The Coffee Traveller one morning in such a way that it would inevitably attract the fox! But then complaining to the council about the fox and the delivery!”

Police are now investigating the claim.

Normal opening times for the cafe are Monday to Sunday, 10..00am till 7.30pm. The cafe originally applied to remain open until 10.00pm on up to 30 days for evening events, but this part of the application was removed before the hearing after the cafe owners had discussed it with the police.

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