BREAKING: Black fox of Bassingbourn killed by car

PUBLISHED: 13:35 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 10:40 02 April 2012

The black fox spotted in Bassingbourn. Photo by John Moore

The black fox spotted in Bassingbourn. Photo by John Moore

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A RARE black fox which hit headlines this week has died after being hit by a car earlier this morning (Thursday).

The fox, which was featured in the Crow earlier this week, died after being hit by a car.

An attempt to save the fox was made by East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) communications manager Gary Sanderson, after passers by flagged him down.

Gary was driving to trust headquarters in Cambourne when he was stopped. He got out to see if he could rescue the fox but it had already died.

It happened around 10.45am this morning on Old North Road between Royston and Bassingbourn, with passers-by recognising the famous fox straight away.

Gary said: “Members of the public had stopped to see if they could help the injured animal as it had been hit by a car which had then driven off. But after they flagged me down it was evident there was nothing anyone could do and the fox had sadly died.

“I must admit this was the first time I have seen a black fox and it’s a shame it has died.”

The animal’s body was moved to the roadside, with the area blocked around it to protect it. The county council environmental department was contacted so the fox could be removed and the roadside cleaned.

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