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Cornish councillor dresses up as seagull

Top of the pecking order: Helston Councillor John Boase Credit: ITV West Country

A Cornwall councillor has been dressing up as a seagull as part of a new campaign against litter. Councillor John Boase joined other members of Helston Town Council to promote seagull-proof sacks. It's hoped residents will use them to prevent the birds from tearing apart bin bags.

Please do not feed the councillor. John Boase gets into the role of marauding seagull. Credit: ITV West Country

"What happens is people put their rubbish out the night before the binmen come and so the seagulls have got plenty of time to play with it. I'm sure the people aren't doing it out of any inconsiderateness, they're just not realising it. So we thought we could publicise it with a fun event"

– Cllr Martine Knight, Helston Town Council

Police ask public not to call them about seagulls

Avon & Somerset Police have put out a request on social media for people to stop calling 101 over issues regarding seagulls.

Despite a number of reports this month about seagull incidents increasing, police are asking people to think about the situation before they call.

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