A Hawk will be flying above the buildings in Plymouth City centre this morning to ward off badly behaved seagulls! It's been specially trained to fly but not attack gulls after complaints that they are swooping on people. The hawk patrol will be in the city centre every Tuesday until the end of September.
Don't feed the seagulls - that's the message from a new campaign being launched today in Plymouth. The city council and local businesses are urging people not to feed the birds or leave litter around. The authority says it's seen increase in complaints about seagull behaviour.
They've been getting a bad press recently and that shows no signs of changing any time soon. Seagulls seem to be getting angrier, more aggressive and fearless and have no hesitation in swooping down on unsuspecting members of the public.
And they appear to be particularly menacing in St Ives. In fact so much so, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of complaints about seagull attacks. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
There has been a three-fold increase in the number of complaints about seagull attacks in some parts of the West Country.
Watch the full report at 6pm on ITV News West Country.
Seagull-proof rubbish bags are to be given to more households across Weymouth and Portland.
Two thousand homes will receive the extra strong bags after a successful trial in the Park District area of Weymouth. The bags are made out of a strong and reusable fabric, and have a lifespan of around five years.
Helston Community College in Cornwall is having such a problem with seagulls it's using birds of prey to scare them off. The gulls have started swooping at pupils and stealing their food at lunchtimes. So a bird handler and his hawk have been drafted in. Kathy Wardle has more
A hawk is being used to scare away seagulls at Helston Community College
A hawk is being used to scare away problem seagulls at a Cornish school. Helston Community College has brought in a specialist hawk handler to fly the bird of prey in the school playground.
The hawk acts as a deterrent to seagulls which have been swooping at children and stealing food during their lunch breaks. Hawks have also been used to deter gulls in seaside towns like St Ives, and to keep them off the runways at RNAS Culdrose.