Council give teach children how to avoid getting ‘mugged’ by seagulls
Council staff give children in seaside towns lessons on how to avoid getting ‘mugged’ by seagulls as attacks soar
- Council staff in North Yorkshire are being sent into schools to teach children
- Scarborough and Whitby councils have set up a ‘mugging’ hotline for victims
- There have been 23 seagull attacks since January this year
Kids in seaside towns are being given lessons how to avoid being ‘mugged’ by gulls as attacks soar.
They are shown cardboard cut outs of the birds and told about the dangers of eating in front of the gulls – and warned never to feed them.
Council staff in Scarborough and Whitby, North Yorkshire, are being sent into schools in a bid to ‘improve the relationship between humans and gulls’.
Council staff in Scarborough and Whitby, North Yorkshire, are being sent into schools in a bid to ‘improve the relationship between humans and gulls’
Officials say they want to help pupils to understand why the birds – which may be on the lookout for food or protecting their chicks – might attack.
Dozens of cases have been reported in Scarborough and Whitby and the council has set up a ‘mugging’ hotline for victims.
Figures from the council show 36 attacks in were reported in 2016, compared with 47 in 2018.
There have been 23 since January this year.
One lad was attacked in the town’ s under cover shopping centre while eating cheese straws.
The bird had flown in through the glass doors in search of a snack.
The teen said: ‘I looked up and saw this seagull about to attack, I liffted my arm to protect my face.
Dozens of cases have been reported in Scarborough and Whitby and the council has set up a ‘mugging’ hotline for victims
‘It kept going for my cheese straw. I spun 180 degrees. It landed on the floor.
‘Then it rose up to attack me again. I protected myself with my forearm and eventually it got the hint and left.
‘My glasses fell off in the commotion but luckily they did not break.
‘Then I realised I was still holding the cheese straw. I had forgotten all about it.’
He was uninjured but very shook up about what happened.
Jonathan Bramley, the council’s environment and regulation manager, has been visiting schools in Whitby and Scarborough with videos and cardboard cut-outs of seagulls.
‘We’re reinforcing the message not to feed the gulls,’ he said.
In June, pupils at West Cliff Primary in Whitby were terrorised by a pair of the blood-thirsty birds who attacked a dad and teacher in the playground.
In June, pupils at West Cliff Primary in Whitby were terrorised by a pair of the blood-thirsty birds who attacked a dad and teacher in the playground
The parent was clawed while dropping off his child for morning lessons. A male teacher was also attacked.
The head had to cordon off part of the playground and put up a warning poster until the gulls finally left the classroom roof.
Local resident and best selling author GP Taylor warned that the local gull plague was getting worse.
He said: ‘The birds are protected and there are strict rules governing the removal of nests if they have eggs in them.
‘It is about time those in authority started putting people before seagulls. There are growing problem with these birds in Whitby.
‘I have witnessed two people attacked on the street in the town and workman at my house had his sandwiches stolen by a mob of gulls.’
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