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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.

Councillors vote against plans to curb seagull population

Several residents have complained about noisy seagulls in the town. Credit: Craig Watson/PA

Councillors in Burnham-on-Sea have voted against plans to try and reduce the number of seagulls in the town.

Several residents have complained about noisy nesting gulls.

One suggestion was to annually remove eggs at the cost of £10,000 a year.

Man scared to leave house after seagull attacks

Barry Poore was dive-bombed by seagulls near his workplace. Credit: ITV News

A man from Cornwall says he's too scared to leave his home after a series of attacks by seagulls.

In the latest incident, Barry Poore from Newquay suffered a dislocated shoulder and cuts to his hands when he was dive-bombed by a flock of gulls near his work.

Mr. Poore told us he's staying inside following a warning that any sudden movement could put his shoulder out again.

Barry Poore's shoulder was dislocated in the attack. Credit: ITV News

Seagulls are on people's minds in our region. The Prime Minister has spoken about the issue, in the wake of several reports of gull attacks on pets and people in recent weeks.

There have been several reports of seagull attacks in our region in recent weeks. Credit: Craig Watson/PA
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