DELINQUENT inner city foxes are being offered free weekend courses in DJ and MC skills in a bid to give them positive focus.
As the numbers of young foxes implicated in petty street crime continues to grow, it is hoped that the music workshops will help them channel their energies and perhaps give them the basis for a career in the recording industry.
Youth worker Roy Hobbs, co-ordinator of the FoxBeatz project, said: “I typically have eight foxes in a group, taking turns to share a pair of turntables and a microphone.
“The hardest part is getting them to wear headphones, and I’ve got multiple puncture wounds to prove it.
“Mostly they just run around barking, shitting and frantically trying to hurl themselves out of the window. But if you can get them relaxed and on side it’s really good.
“Foxes get a lot of negative press, but really they just need an outlet for their wild and passionate natures.”
Three-year-old fox Bill McKay said: “Life on the streets is tough. Last week I got shot in the thigh with an air pistol, for no reason.
“Just being able to come here and do my own mix CD, it gives me a lot of confidence.”