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Deer Spotted Grazing On Front Lawn Of London Estate

Dominic Smithers

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Deer Spotted Grazing On Front Lawn Of London Estate

If you live in a big city, you will probably have come across the odd fox here, stray cat or dog there, but that's pretty much the extent of wildlife you're likely to see.

Well, residents of a housing estate in east London got the shock of a lifetime when they opened their curtains to see a herd of deer grazing on their front lawn. And by the looks of it, they had a great time.

Incredible footage - taken a couple of weeks ago - shows the deer relaxing on a small field surrounded by blocks of low-rise flats and and cars in Romford.

And while you might have thought the animals would scarper after being rumbled, they were a picture of calm - one confident buck even wandered straight into Keith Ogborne's camera lens.

A brazen buck confronts the camera. Credit: Kennedy News
A brazen buck confronts the camera. Credit: Kennedy News

Mr Ogborne, from Havering, east London, said: "Urban people shoot deer with cameras, not guns, so the deer have become less fearful of those who live nearby.

"City people, unlike rural people, have never harmed them so they've begun to feel safe.

"Now the deer are often, but not always, in that spot as there's plenty of woods and parkland around the estate.

"It was nice and sunny so I knew they would come out."

The deer were spotted sprawled across a lawn on a London estate. Credit: Kennedy News
The deer were spotted sprawled across a lawn on a London estate. Credit: Kennedy News

Mr Ogborne says he used to live in the area and was just passing through when he spotted the herd of animals lounging around on the grass.

The 49-year-old, who is a full-time carer, claims police have been cracking down on shooting in recent times. He thinks this means the deer have become much more comfortable around the suburb's residents who now 'shoot them with cameras not guns'.

He said: "I was just passing as I've always lived in the Romford area and I decided to park up and take the pictures.

"The previous poaching has stopped in the area as people report any gunshots right away now.

Mr Ogborne says a crack-down on shooting has seen deer move further into the suburb. Credit: Kennedy News
Mr Ogborne says a crack-down on shooting has seen deer move further into the suburb. Credit: Kennedy News

"The police don't mess about with gunshots. They [get the] helicopter up [quickly] as country park users and dog walkers could be shot.

"I think the deer are from the herd that Dagnam House had before the Harold Hill estate was built to house bombed out Eastenders.

"I have confronted people in the past as they had guns pointed at them, but I haven't heard of that for years now."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: UK News, Interesting, Animals, London

Dominic Smithers
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