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    Postal staff refuse to deliver after being attacked by seagulls in Cornwall

    NewsStrange but TrueFriday 05 July 2013
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    One place where you shouldn’t live is Liskey Hill Crescent, Cornwall. Residents have been reporting that birds have been viciously swooping down on them and started attacking people. The Royal Mail has even gone as far to ban postal workers from delivering in the area.
     
    Why exactly are the seagulls so violent and attacking people? It is said that they are doing it at this particular time of the year to protect their nests but are also getting frustrated due to the colour of the postmen’s uniform. At least, that is the general opinion.
     
    Eric Hardinge who has been a resident for some time says that ““In the past five years the seagulls have become more aggressive.
    'They are protecting their chicks and attack people in packs, swooping down, targeting people’s heads.
    'They go berserk when they see bright colours which is why I think they’ve gone for the postwoman because she wears red.
    'The chicks will disappear but it is an on-going problem. The birds need to be culled.'
     
    Residents say that this happens every year and the Royal Mail has had enough. They have ruled the birds a health and safety risk and have told the residents living in this particular area to collect letters from a nearby post office.
     
    One particular resident is not happy at all with Jackie Bray saying 'I’m waiting for a hip operation and now I have to go to the post office every day to collect my mail.

    ‘It’s a service that we pay for, a service we are not getting. We have to put up with the seagulls so why can’t they? They should man up, buy a hard helmet and deal with it.'

    Royal Mail made the decision to ban postal staff from delivering after a postwoman came under attack from the vicious birds. The organisation has only agreed to lift the ban once the chicks have moved or removed by an authorised person.
     
    An official spokes person from the Royal Mail said that 'The safety of our people is paramount and these swooping attacks have made it difficult for her to continue to do her job.
    'These kinds of attacks do occur at this time of year across the country, as gulls are nesting.
    'We apologise to those customers affected and we will resume deliveries as soon as it is safe for us to do so. We are continuing to monitor the situation.'
     
     

    Source: Daily Mail
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