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‘Disabled badge’ driver mows down flock of seagulls in Taunton

Five of the birds were knocked down and killed by the driver. Credit: ITV News West Country

An urgent appeal has been issued after a flock of seagulls were deliberately mowed down in Taunton.

Five birds were killed after a gold-coloured VW Caddy was driven into them in Cannon Street on Tuesday (July 2) evening.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the driver deliberately aim their car - which was displaying a disabled badge - at the gulls before ploughing into them.

It is illegal to intentionally take, injure or kill wild birds - including seagulls. Credit: PA

The RSPCA is appealing for those who saw the incident to get in touch.

This is an unacceptable and intentionally cruel way to treat animals. We understand chips had been placed in the road and that the driver sped up and aimed at the birds before driving away as they struggled with broken wings and other horrendous injuries in the road.

We’d like to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or from anyone who has dash cam or CCTV footage from around the time this happened that can help with our investigation.

– RSPCA

All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal - except under licence - to intentionally take, injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their nest or eggs.

The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.