Dive-Bombing seagulls are now so out of control they are causing a national mental health crisis, a councillor has warned.
Politician Alan Amos says protecting gulls “puts the needs of vicious flying rats before the safety and health of people”.
He has slammed “out-of-touch” government rules for leaving besieged areas under threat of attack from hundreds of thousands of birds.
Natural England, which advises government on the environment, set out new rules limiting culling of gulls to protect declining numbers.
But the Worcester City councillor and former Mayor said the menaces to society “make people’s lives a misery”.
And the ex Tory MP, 67, wants drastic action.
“The danger comes from these vicious flying rats whose screeching starts at 4am,” he said.
“Its affecting people’s mental health because of significant disturbance to their sleep.
“They attack people and pets as they grab food whenever or wherever.
“They mess over people’s cars, windows, and property which has to be removed quickly before it causes permanent damage due to its acidity.
“And they make people’s lives a misery throughout the day for most of the year.
“It is absolutely amazing that out-of-touch bureaucrats continue to put the needs of these vicious flying rats before the safety and health of people.
“These gulls are a serious menace to residents and businesses in Worcester, and several other cities, where the numbers have increased year after year.
“We need a complete full cull.”
Mass seagull attacks feared due to new limits on culling the flying menaces
Vicious seagull attacks have been widely reported across the UK.
The airborne pests have been dive-bombing families, biting toddlers, pecking at pensioners and carrying away dogs in their beaks.
Towns, cities and villages across the country are losing the battle with the nuisance birds.
Anyone who has a seagull problem, or nests on their property, have to apply for ‘special approval’ to cull them or move the nest or eggs.
They must prove the winged beasts are a threat to public health.
The RSPB stated: “Government licences allow the killing of urban gulls only as a last resort, where a significant risk to public health or safety has been identified.”
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