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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK
Cull call as gulls attack woman
More than 700 people have backed calls for a cull
A Devon woman was left with blood pouring from her head after she was attacked by seagulls.

Sylvia Buckler was attacked when six birds, apparently attracted by food in her bag, pecked her face and neck.

Mrs Buckler, in her 70s, tried to shoo them away but the birds only relented when neighbours hit them with towels.

The attack in Sidmouth is the latest in a series of incidents involving gulls in the resort and has led to a petition calling for a cull.

'Last straw'

Alan Cartwright, 70, who ran to help, said: ''She was terrified. The blood was pouring out of her.

''She'd just got back from town and was walking casually to the house when they swooped. One bird in particular just kept pecking and pecking at her."

Mrs Buckler was treated by paramedics in an ambulance.

Neighbour and eyewitness Robin Morris said: ''She had just arrived home and got out of the car when they flew down.

''We think they saw food in her bag and went for it."

Mr Morris recently collected more than 700 signatures on a petition calling for a cull in the area.

He said: "This is the last straw. They are a pest. They cause damage to property and are a health hazard."

A spokesman for East Devon District Council said the authority was ''reviewing its options'' on how to tackle the problem.

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