'Cackling' woman on scooter terrorising seagulls in Devon

Seagulls are being attacked in Paignton (file image)
-Credit: (Image: Ian Cooper/North Wales Live)

Locals in a Devon seaside town are in disbelief after a woman on a mobility scooter was spotted deliberately running over seagulls. The eccentric offender was seen twice committing the act in Paignton, according to local news outlet What's The Jam.

As reported by The Daily Star, a horrified witness took to Facebook to recall her experience.

They said: "Can I please put a post up about a women deliberately running over a seagull with a mobility scooter. This is the second time I've seen this lady do this and she takes great joy in hurting seagulls to the point she drives off cackling."

"And (she is) making load of comments about hitting or missing them. So today she got her wish by deliberately hiting a seagull on her mobility scooter and she hurt it. The seagull now has an injured leg. And yes I did give her a few choice words."

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A person in response expressed their disgust: "That's just senseless violence and let's be honest if we saw young people doing it they would get lynched."

Someone else chimed in: "All wild gulls in the United Kingdom are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is illegal to kill, catch or injure wild gulls in the UK without a permit. This applies to active nests, eggs, and chicks as well. Yes, some people call them flying rats but that doesn't mean it's OK to do what that woman did."

One individual voiced their disgust, saying: "Horrible person, harming living creatures. so sad, how someone can be so cruel?"

Seagulls are often seen as a nuisance across the UK, known for their aggressive behaviour when stealing food and their loud noises.

Another comment under the post expressed surprise at the empathetic reactions, stating: "Wow the reactions! Seagulls are flying vermin (yes, I'm aware that here they are protected at the moment - other parts of the country though they are culled! )...."

"They are an absolute menace to the area and hopefully the authorities here follow suit and take some action to reduce their numbers. Really doesn't require a witch-hunt because one woman hit one with a scooter."

A further resident added their thoughts, sharing: "We live 5 miles from the sea, they are a bloody nuisance, do these seagull lovers want to come around daily and clean the s**t off both my cars."