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Last Updated: Monday, 4 October, 2004, 19:06 GMT 20:06 UK
Robo-bird keeps shops pigeon-free
The centre manager is already considering extending the trial
A squawking robot bird has been placed on the roof of a shopping centre where customers have been plagued by droppings from pigeons and seagulls.

The "Robop", modelled on a Peregrine Falcon, sits on the roof of Priory Meadow in Hastings, and is employed to scare off nuisance birds.

Management are so impressed with the 18-inch bird's effect they are already considering extending its contract.

Shoppers said they had noticed there were fewer pigeons about.

'Pretty bird-free'

The bird is designed to look and sound like a Peregrine Falcon and was designed by inventors in Scotland in 2001.

Models have been successfully used as far afield as Edinburgh and Dubai.

Priory Meadow manager John Hough said: "So far we appear to be pretty bird-free, I'm pleased to say.

"We are on a trial up to the end of the year and if it carries on like this we will be taking out another year's subscription to the service."

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