Thursday 29 September 2016

'Swooping seagull attacks' force postal worker to abandon deliveries

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 08/07/2016 | 15:50

Seagulls scavaging for food
Seagulls scavaging for food
The seagulls were so vicious that Royal Mail believed they posed a danger to staff delivering the post. Photo: Facebook

The residents of one English coastal town were left without post this week because of a flock of aggressive seagulls.

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The seagulls were so vicious that Royal Mail believed they posed a danger to staff delivering the post.

Paul Blenkharn of Maryport, Cumbria, arrived home to find a ‘failed deliver’ notice that said his post could not be delivered because the street was “inaccessible due to dangerous conditions”.

To provide further details, the postal worker noted the reason as “seagulls”.

The seagulls were so vicious that Royal Mail believed they posed a danger to staff delivering the post. Photo: Facebook
The seagulls were so vicious that Royal Mail believed they posed a danger to staff delivering the post. Photo: Facebook

“My first thought was just, ‘what?’ I then laughed and thought it had to be a joke,” he told local newspaper the News and Star.

“I live in Maryport; it’s a coastal town and there are seagulls everywhere. They’re definitely not a problem though.”

Royal Mail has confirmed that the gulls prevented their postwoman from delivering to multiple addresses in the town.

“Royal Mail would like to apologise that we were unable to deliver to four addresses in Maryport on Tuesday due to swooping attacks by seagulls,” a spokeswoman told the News and Star.

“Normal deliveries resumed on Wednesday. The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail.”

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