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Third gull 'shot' in Falmouth in recent weeks

Third gull 'shot' in Falmouth in recent weeks

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:58am 22nd February 2018. (Updated at 12:00pm 22nd February 2018)

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Police are investigating the death of several seagulls, believed to have been shot with an air weapon.

The most recent, spotted falling from a roof in Falmouth, was alive after being brought into the station.

Officers say the poor bird "clearly" had a head injury caused by a pellet and died shortly afterwards.

Worse still, the team has told Pirate FM this is the third Herring Gull shot in the same area in recent weeks.

PS Paul Freestone said: "The bird was seen to fall from a rooftop in Wellington Road, Falmouth. It was alive but died shortly after.

"The reporting person reported it to a local PCSO who collected the bird and brought it back to me at the station. It clearly has a head injury caused by an air weapon pellet.

"This is the 3rd Herring Gull shot in the same area in recent times. Herring Gulls are protected the same as any bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

"Anyone with info to contact the police at Falmouth on 101 or via email on the Devon and Cornwall Police website".

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