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Buzzard continues cyclist attacks
Cyclist Paul Dixon is attacked by a buzzard (Photo copyright: Apex)
Buzzard attacks on cyclists have continued (Photo: APEX)
The death of a buzzard in Devon last week has failed to halt a spate of attacks on cyclists.

A buzzard was killed last Wednesday after it dive-bombed a van on the A3072 at Brandis Corner near Holsworthy.

But over the weekend, three cyclists taking part in an Audax long-distance cycling event were attacked, and one of them even had his hat stolen.

Experts believe the bird is the mate of the buzzard which was killed and is continuing to defend their nest.

More than 20 cyclists reported attacks prior to the death of the first buzzard, with many having holes gouged in their helmets.

Emma Parkin, from the RSPB, said it was unusual for a buzzard to attack humans, which suggested it had once been in captivity.

She described the buzzard just being a "good parent".

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