FOR FOX SAKE! Olympic venue faces clo­sure as ur­ban pests in­vade Roms tak­ing crime hol­i­day

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

OLYMPICS bosses are in the sh*t af­ter scat-happy foxes be­gan break­ing into an of­fi­cial venue and CRAP­PING on the floor!

The Royal Ar­tillery Bar­racks in Wool­wich, south east London ( be­low), will play host to all of this sum­mer’s shoot­ing events.

But sports­men train­ing there say the build­ing is be­ing over­run by the gin­ger ur­ban pests.

The an­i­mals have been leav­ing steam­ing ‘presents’ on the ri­fle range – and even on the win­ners’ podium – while else­where chew­ing through ca­bles and wreck­ing mi­cro­phones. If the stinky prob­lem persists it’s thought the venue might have to be CLOSED while ex­perts make it fox-proof.

Peter Un­der­hill, in charge of the shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the Olympic or­gan­is­ers Locog, said: “The foxes lived here be­fore we cre­ated the venue, so at night they’re get­ting into some of our en­clo­sures, go­ing round chew­ing things.”

Richard Faulds, one of the shoot­ers on the Bri­tish team, says the foxes are even brazenly tak­ing a dump in the venue while ath­letes are prac­tis­ing. He re­vealed: “We were drop­ping our guns off in the ar­moury when I saw some­thing out of the corner of my eye, a fox. It had left a lit­tle present on the in­door ri­fle range.”

Ur­ban foxes have a va­ri­ety of fleas and ticks and can trans­mit the dis­ease ‘tox­o­cari­a­sis’ to hu­mans – which can cause blind­ness.

They can also spread tape­worm and sca­bies.

An Olympics source added: “We clearly can’t have fox poo ly­ing all over the place.” RO­MA­NIAN crime gangs are flood­ing London with pick­pock­ets, hook­ers and beg­gars ahead of the Olympics.

Skint mi­grants ar­rive in the cap­i­tal ev­ery day, many di­rected to the best pitches, which they have been or­dered to de­fend from ri­vals.

Coun­cil work­ers are evict­ing around 60 Ro­ma­nian na­tion­als from Mar­ble Arch and Ox­ford Street ev­ery night and the sit­u­a­tion is get­ting worse.

West­min­ster crime re­duc­tion of­fi­cer Claire Hardy said the for­eign crooks were be­ing al­lo­cated patches prior to leav­ing their coun­try.

She said: “We may be wit­ness­ing the first or­gan­ised crime ahead of the Olympics.”

FILTHY BEAST: Foxes are leav­ing ‘presents’

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