Pack of feral pigs on the loose scare residents in the dark


The trio of pigs has been on the loose in a Cumbrian seaside town (Picture: Facebook/Adam Pearson/Johnstone Forster)

A pack of feral pigs on the loose has left people frightened after they were found roaming around in the dark.

A trio of porcine interlopers has been foraging around Silloth in Cumbria for weeks, according to residents.

Some people said they were frightened after being ‘confronted’ in the dark.

Adam Pearson said he saw the roaming animals and they ‘weren’t aggressive, they were just getting on with what they were doing’.

But he added ‘any animal like that, that’s provoked, obviously will and can turn’.

They were ‘big animals’, he said.

The pigs are believed to have escaped from farmland near Solway Holiday Park, which was recently sold.

The feral pigs were on the loose in Silloth (Picture: Facebook/Adam Pearson)

They gave some residents a fright after they were spotted in the dark (Picture: Facebook/Johnstone Forster)

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The new park owners said the farmland still belonged to the park’s previous owner, Sam Hagen, and it had passed on residents’ concerns.

Carole Blake said she bumped into the roving swine on an early morning dog walk.

‘I had three pigs walking towards me in the black dark,’ she said.

‘I managed to move a bit faster than the pigs and they just carried on heading into Silloth – they were just strolling along, quite happy.’

Ms Blake said she believed the animals were being rehomed after the holiday village was sold but they were still in pens on the farmland.

‘They keep breaking out of the pen and walking round Silloth,’ she said.

She was ‘worried about their welfare’ and had contacted Cumbria Police, she added.

The fore said it had been informed on Tuesday that the animals had been contained and police were not required.

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