A man high on drugs was taken under custody for biting a seagull on July 9. The 26-year-old claimed the bird attacked him and targeted his McDonald’s meal and in response, he grabbed the bird and bit it.
Officers from the Charles Cross neighborhood policing team were on patrol around the Raleigh Street area of Plymouth where it joins New George Street just before 3 pm on Thursday, when they heard and even spotted him attacking the seagull.
Yesterday we detained a male who attacked & injured a seagul in the city centre. Love them or loath them, seaguls are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. The bird flew away before we could check it's welfare. The crime is under review #unacceptable @PARCPLYMOUTH pic.twitter.com/YUFqlNgzKR
— Charles Cross Police Team (@CharlesCrossLPP) July 10, 2020
One of the police spokespersons reported the site –
“He sunk his teeth into it before throwing it to the floor. Officers had seen the incident and immediately went over and detained and took details from him.”
The man after the arrest claimed that he was high on drugs that’s why it happened.
“Around this time, the man volunteered the information that he was under the influence of drugs and it was decided that he should be taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.
Good work. We have now hired seagulls to monitor our cctv. pic.twitter.com/bcJs1pSSrg
— Cattewater Harbour Plymouth (@PlymCatte) July 10, 2020
Seagulls are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. But may also be regarded as pests by many. The police officials further stated live –
“The seagull was clearly injured by the incident but flew off before we were able to check on its welfare. We don’t know what happened to it afterwards.”