Dave Baker describes constant attacks by seagulls
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The suspect reportedly swung at the gull, causing its wing to break in an attack near Poco Pizza restaurant in Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. He is described as white, in his 50s and about 5ft 10 in tall, according to Dorset Police.
The man is believed to have spoken in a South African accent and was wearing a grey Jim Beam t-shirt and grey hat.
Police Constable Josh Hurwood, of West Dorset Police, said: “This was a distressing incident for people to have witnessed, with many young families in the area at the time and we are carrying out an investigation, with support from the RSPCA, to identify the man involved.
“This occurred on the seafront at a busy time of day and we are appealing for anyone who saw what happened, or who has any information relating to the man’s identity, to please come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police online at dorset.police.uk/contact or by email [email protected] or by calling 101.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.
News of the alleged attack in Dorset comes after reports of a man beating a herring gull to death in Cornwall.
The bird had reportedly tried to snatch an ice-cream from the man’s child.
He allegedly kicked the bird repeatedly in what some have called a revenge attack.
Cornwall Live reported the bird died within 24 hours of the incident.
Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital in Penzance tended to the gull during its final hours.
A spokesperson said staff were shocked and saddened by the callous brutality.
They said when the bird arrived at the hospital it was injured so badly it could hardly stand or hold its head up.
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The hospital posted a message on Facebook which read: its Facebook page, the rescue centre said: “We were shocked and saddened to have admitted what was a perfectly healthy adult herring gull after it was kicked repeatedly by a member of the public for knocking an ice cream from the hands of a child in Mousehole Harbour.
“On arrival, they struggled to stand and hold their head up. We can empathise with the disappointment caused, however, violence towards wildlife is never the answer.
“Herring gulls, like all wild birds in the UK, are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and as such it is an offence to intentionally injure or kill them.”
Despite being a feature of Britain’s seaside towns, seagulls can divide public opinion with some objecting to their noisy calls and their willingness to swoop down on people to steal food.
Animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, says it receives calls about gulls being persecuted every year.
It reports some are attacked, others left homeless after their nests are illegally destroyed while large numbers are targets for people with airguns.
The charity advises people not to feed them and to use re-sealable containers as a deterrent.
It also recommends not giving children food which can be grabbed easily if there are a number of gulls around.
When gulls attack, they are usually doing so to protect nearby young, according to the RSPCA, and will stop when a person or animal moves away.
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