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Schools' Seagull Weapon

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11:36am 21st June 2012
(Updated 11:36am 21st June 2012)

news - seagullA Cornish school is bringing in a bird of prey to stop students being attacked by seagulls.

Pupils at Helston Community College say the gulls are trying to steal their food and do not care who they hurt to get it.

Now Harris Hawks are being flown around the grounds to drive them off.

Bursar Lois Horn says they had to take action: "What happened this morning when we set the hawk off, the seagulls appeared from everywhere, sort of like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock as they suddenly swooped around and made a lot of noise. That's the idea, that we will gradually disuade the birds from being here.

"There are times when they can be quite frightening. They're quite big birds and we've had hundreds of them really. They tend to know when break times are so even when we changed the lunchtime, it didn't take them any time at all before the birds realised that we'd changed the lunchtime".

11:36am 21st June 2012

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