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Your views: should people be fined for feeding seagulls?

East Devon Council are proposing to ban the feeding of seagulls on or near the town's beaches.

If approved they could be one of the first councils in the UK to impose fines for those caught giving food to the birds.

But what do you think of the idea? Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Leave them alone, we are the reason they are forced to seek food inshore because we have decimated the fish stocks. Another beautiful and majestic creature to be persecuted by man.

– Richard Huggins, Facebook

This won't make any difference...the gulls will still be there, eating all the food people can't be bothered to put in bins once they've had their fill.

The council should fine folks who drop food in the street, not folks who feed these lovely creatures.

– Tony Moss, Facebook

Stopping feeding them will make them more aggressive and more likely to snatch food from peoples hands. They are a menace.

– Natasha Snell, Facebook

A big fat YES from me, but who would police it?

– Julie Hiscoke, Facebook

Yes, they don't need encouraging - they belong on the coast, not in towns where they are blocking people's chimneys and gas terminals.

– Mike Glover, Facebook



Council abandons controversial auction of Devon beach huts

Credit: ITV West Country

Controversial proposals to auction off beach huts in East Devon to the highest bidder have been abandoned.

The district council says it dropped the idea after consulting with the public, although it still plans to raise charges next year.

The plans caused anger among tenants, many of whom have renting the huts for generations.

Investigation into water tank crash in Devon

The elderly woman was airlifted to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with severe leg wounds Credit: PA

An investigation is underway into a crash in East Devon in which two elderly pedestrians were crushed by a water bowser.

It came loose from a tractor on the A375 at Sidbury, north of Sidmouth yesterday morning. The tank crashed into the man and woman, leaving them with severe leg injuries. They were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

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