Dive-bombing seagulls leave pensioner battered and bloodied
Sue Atkinson (66) says 'it was like a scene from the film The Birds' after being attacked near a primary school in west Cornwall
A pensioner who was attacked by seagulls yards from a primary school was left bloodied and terrified.
Sue Atkinson said: "It was like a scene from the film The Birds."
The 66-year-old was left reeling and with blood pouring into her eyes after she was viciously pecked by the aggressive gulls.
She was walking in a road yards from Helston primary school in west Cornwall when the attack happened.
She said: "I suddenly felt this whoosh by my head. I saw it was a seagull and he came in again and cut the top of my head.
"I couldn't see what was happening I was oozing blood.
"It did frighten me. Apart from the fact I was bleeding, I was scared it was going to come back."
Mrs Atkinson staggered the short distance home and a friend took her to a local hospital where her wound was glued.
She believes the gulls attacked her last weekend as she walked home with her dog in a road where they were protecting a fledging chick on the pavement opposite.
Retired Mrs Atkinson said a neighbour has also been attacked and said: "It could easily have happened to some older person or a child.
"What would a child do it they saw a seagull chick on the ground? They would go up to it of course.
"I wouldn't hurt any animal but I just feel it has got to the stage that something must be done for the safety of people.
"They are seabirds and they should not be in an urban environment. You can't blame the birds but people should stop feeding them and leaving their rubbish out where the birds can get it."
The school's head teacher Shaun Perfect said: "The school is very mindful of the seagulls that nest on our school roof. They tend to land while the children are playing outside."