Man kills seagull with child’s spade in front of distressed families on Cornwall beach
- Man reportedly killed a seagull with a child’s shovel in front of children
- It happened on Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives, Cornwall busy with families
- Woman said family threw coke cans at seagull and injured animal dier
- Witness claimed man stood up and killed seagull with child’s spade
A man is said to have beaten a seagull to death with a shovel on a beach in Cornwall in front of several children.
The incident took place at Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in front of a beach full of families, a shocked witness said.
The woman said a family nearby repeatedly threw cans of Coca Cola at a seagull, injuring the legally protected animal.
It is clear that the group had left the beach by the time Devon and Cornwall police officers arrived after being called to the incident.
The witness claimed that the man got up from the group and “beat the seagull with a child shovel.”
A man is said to have beaten a seagull to death with a shovel on a beach in St Ives, Cornwall, in front of several ‘concerned’ children. The woman said a family nearby repeatedly threw cans of Coca Cola at a seagull, injuring the legally protected animal, before the man got up and allegedly attacked it.
She added that she and a family member confronted the group after the incident but claimed they were verbally abused by them.
She said CornwallLive: ‘We just witnessed a family throwing cans of Coke at a seagull, and as if this wasn’t bad enough, because one of the men was badly injured from the can throwing, one of the men beat him to death with a child shovel for all our children and a whole beach full of families.’
The witness, who took photos of the man she believes had committed the attack, added that the family left trash, towels and sunscreen as they left the beach.
She continued: ‘The police have been called, but they can’t do much without a name and address.
“It was absolutely horrible. I have never witnessed such violence against an animal in all my life.’
The witness praised a second man, who was not with the family, after he picked up the dead seagull and took it away from children, who were upset after witnessing the incident.
The witness praised a second man, who was not with the family, after he picked up the dead seagull and carried it away from children, who were upset after witnessing the incident.
The woman fears ‘backlash’ from the group when she shares photos of the man on social media, but hopes he will be identified.
Devon and Cornwall Police have not yet confirmed that the matter is under investigation.
There are no bird species that are officially called ‘gulls’, although it is the most commonly used name for the bird found near the sea. It is illegal to intentionally kill, take, or injure gulls or their eggs.
The RSPCA said: ‘Like all wild birds, gulls, their chicks and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
This means that it is illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure gulls, take or destroy their eggs, or damage or destroy any gull nests while they are in use or under construction – unless you are under license acts.
‘While gulls are common in many areas near the coast, some species of gulls, such as herring gulls and kittiwakes, are even on the British Red List.
“They are considered a conservation concern in the UK as there is evidence that their populations are generally declining.”