Sorry, couldn't resist a pop at the grocer's apostrophe.
Now, foxes have never been officially classified as vermin - even though many consider them thus. They are protected by various laws but shooting them is allowed. Hunting with dogs is not because the Blair government couldn't bear the thought of perceived toffs on horseback.
Where I used to live in Redhill we were infested with the dadblasted creatures like most of Surrey.
With pickings in the countryside getting slimmer they come into towns and raid bins... I used to see foxes and badgers in Harlow Town when I used to drive to work at 5am... foxes even come down my road at night, but then I am close to farmland