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Jail warning over seagull attack

Two drunken men who filmed each other kicking an injured seagull to death in a seaside town have been warned they could face jail.

Paul Cheetham, 21, from Gronant, Flintshire and Jamie Griffiths, 20, from Meliden, Denbighshire, used mobile phones to capture the attack in Rhyl.

The incident was caught on a CCTV camera, Prestatyn magistrates heard.

Both men admitted a charge under the Countryside and Wildlife Act and sentencing was adjourned for reports.

The court heard how the pair had been drinking heavily when they kicked the bird numerous times as it lay in the street.

Griffiths also stamped on its head three times.

When arrested, they said they had wanted to put the bird out of its misery.

Magistrates chairman Penny Rodgers warned them custody could not be ruled out.


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