A pensioner has been arrested after allegedly killing a seagull with his walking stick in north Wales.
The 67-year-old man was detained when he returned to a pub to finish his drink after the incident on Market Street, in Rhyl, on Thursday, the Independent reported.
A witness said the gull had been 'smashed to bits' and they were forced to remove the ‘disgusting’ remains so children would not see them.
North Wales Police confirmed the suspect had been arrested under the Wildlife Countryside Act Protection of Birds law.
A Force spokesperson said: “We responded to an incident on Market Street, Rhyl at 12.26 pm yesterday following reports that an elderly man was hitting a bird with a walking stick.
‘The 67-year old man has now been arrested under the Wildlife Countryside Act Protection of Birds law and has been taken into custody.'
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An RSPCA Cymru spokesperson added: 'These allegations are very shocking and extremely serious.
'This matter is being investigated by North Wales Police and we are unable to comment further for legal reasons.'