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Violent seagull forces postman to quit after campaign of abuse

Friday 13/07/2018

A seriously violent seagull with a vendetta against a particular postman in Devon has forced the Royal Mail to rearrange its rounds.

The man, whose identity Royal Mail is keeping secret, has been ‘dive bombed’ so many times by the errant seagull he has been left ‘scared and vulnerable’. The 40-year-old father believes the bird is victimising him and has now swapped collection points with another worker in Plymouth.

He told Plymouth Live: ‘Whenever I went to the railway post box, which has been every evening for the last four weeks, he would attack me – he’s even chased me around the platform before. ‘One of my other colleagues has to go there now and they’ve not had any problems since – it’s just me? ‘I asked my manager to come down with me because we thought it might be my red shirt, but he was in one too and the seagull didn’t even react to him, he just kept staring at me.

‘He was even swinging his keys and making noises to attract him, but nothing made him react how he does to me.’ The man even began trying to sneak into the station to avoid the bird, but to no avail, the seagull still attacked him.

Royal Mail spokesperson Sally Hopkins said: ‘The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail. Our postmen and women can experience difficulties out when delivering or collecting mail due to swooping attacks by seagulls. ‘

These kinds of attacks can occur at this time of year as the gulls are nesting and rearing their chicks. We have taken steps to ensure our people are able to collect mail from all our post-boxes in the area without risk of injury.’ Seagulls have been branded violent and a nuisance in Devon before, in 2010 more than 20 seagulls had been swooping down on people, including postal workers, in Paignton.

With courtesy of Metro.co.uk

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