Seagulls have gone vegan with one spotted stealing snacks from a health shop.
The herring gull was seen emerging from a Holland and Barratt with an energy bar.
Shocked onlooker John Stedman said: “I was almost knocked off my feet by a seagull running out with a chocolate bar clutched tightly in its beak.
“The seagull was closely followed by an exasperated member of staff.
“He is no stranger to the shop staff because he does this every single day!”
The bird has been named Frank by locals in Penzance, Cornwall. Former store manager Jason Dawes said Frank’s favourite snack was a dark chocolate, almond and pistachio energy bar.
A spokesman for the health-food chain said the gull was known as “a regular Penzance pincher” and is particularly fond of vegan snacks such as protein balls.
In February, we reported that officials in Wiltshire had to warn wheelchair users that seagulls may target them.
The situation has gotten so bad that councillors in the Wiltshire town of Devizes have proposed taking eggs from gulls' nests.
In order to get a licence to do this, they will need to gather evidence that the gulls have become a threat to the public's health.
The small market town, which is 40 miles inland from the sea, has been struggling with the birds for years.
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In a report to the Community and Civic Resources Committee, council officers state: "Devizes has seen a steady increase in urban gull numbers and this has had a resulting negative impact on residential areas."
In July last year, we reported that 'psychotic' seagulls are getting "bigger and more brazen" because barmy bird-lovers refuse to stop feeding them.
One of the winged screamers brutally attacked a bald dogwalker from behind and left him with three head wounds in Liverpool.
Phil Owens said the bolshy birds were "getting bolder", in the city, adding: "Earlier this year I saw a seagull kill a pigeon in Williamson Square and start eating it."
John Bradley begged people to stop feeding the "psychotic" birds, saying: "Upper Fredrick Street has an equally psychotic bird, I saw one trying to eat a pigeon in Derby Square, seen them steal food from peoples hands."
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