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Man who bit seagull that tried to steal his McDonald’s detained by police

A man has been detained by police after biting a seagull (Picture: Getty)

A man who was seen biting a seagull has been detained by police.

Officers spotted the man attacking and biting the bird while on patrol near the Raleigh Street area of Plymouth on Thursday July 9.

A spokesperson from the Charles Cross neighbourhood policing team said they were working alongside other agencies, including PARC, dealing with a homeless man when they heard the nearby commotion.

It has been reported that the man attacked the seagull after it tried to eat his McDonald’s meal.

A man eats a Big Mac from McDonald's.

It’s reported the man tried to bite the seagull after it tried to eat his McDonald’s
(Picture: PA)

A spokesperson for the police told Plymouth Live: ‘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.

‘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.

‘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.’

Although seagulls are commonly regarded as pests on UK coastlines, the birds are protected by law, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Without a licence, it’s illegal to injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their eggs or nests.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison or a fine of up to £5000.

Police say the incident in Plymouth is still being investigated and anyone with information that could help should be passed on by contacting them on 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting log number 589 of 9/7/20.

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