Asbos for pigeon-feeding pensioners
Two pensioners have been given anti-social behaviour orders after they attracted hundreds of pigeons to the town they lived in by feeding them every day, a council has said.
For 10 years 75-year-old Danuta Rogowa and Margaret Ann Reynolds, 69, have refused to put a stop to their habit, claiming there is nothing wrong with a bit of bird feeding.
But Wiltshire Council said their actions - along with those of a third woman, Teresa Wozniak - have caused the pigeon population in Trowbridge to increase "excessively".
The council added it had caused a daily nuisance to businesses and the public of the town, with the feeding seriously affecting residents around where the women live.
Neighbours were not able to let their children play in their gardens because of the level of bird faeces and rat activity, the council said.
A spokeswoman for the council said they were forced to act before the problem got any worse.
Rogowa, of Langford Road, and Reynolds, of Bradley Road, have been issued Asbos for five years and have been told they must not excessively feed any wildlife or birds, purchase or order -either by themselves or by encouraging others to do so - more than 3kg of bird feed or more than three loaves of bread per day or shout at or verbally abuse others.
The women were issued the Asbos at North Wiltshire Magistrates' Court in Chippenham on January 3. Magistrates adjourned the case against 70-year-old Wozniak, of Innox Road, until February 28.
Wiltshire Council said the birds are classified as vermin, as they carry disease and their excrement results in both hazard and damage.