A serial burglar sets out after his latest heist is thwarted by a flock of angry seagulls.
Casey McDonnell, 40, was tiptoeing through a garden in Blackpool at 4.14am when he disturbed some herring gulls trying to rest in the morning.
A court was shown video of the angry birds blowing up and swooping down on McDonnell as he tried his luck turning a back door handle.
He panicked at the sight of the seagulls launching a sustained air attack.
McDonnell fled the scene, terrified, frantically flapping his arms to shield his face from their beaks.
Detectives said the homeowners’ CCTV footage helped them identify the criminal, who was arrested and charged with attempted burglary.
McDonnell, who had a prison license at the time of the crime, appeared before judges Monday and pleaded guilty.
He was jailed for 12 weeks and has to pay £239 in charges.
The court heard McDonnell has a long criminal history, including dozens of previous burglaries.
It is illegal to intentionally injure or kill gulls or destroy their nests as they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Herring gulls have been in “serious trouble” and have been on the Conservation Agency’s “red list” after their population has declined by 74% since the 1970s.
But coastal towns across the UK have reported a worrying increase in seagulls swooping down on pets and children.
This case comes after Dorset Police launched a manhunt into a cricket bat-wielding Job who attacked a seagull on Lyme Regis seafront.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/10/blackpool-angry-seagulls-attack-burglar-trying-to-raid-house-at-4am-17157490/ Blackpool: Angry seagulls attack a burglar trying to rob the house at 4am