Sausage roll scoffed in seagull ‘frenzy’

Susan Pace looks out for Seagulls after being attacked in the street while eating .Picture Richard Ponter 140907a
Susan Pace looks out for Seagulls after being attacked in the street while eating .Picture Richard Ponter 140907a

A Scarborough grandmother has described the terrifying moment a flock of gluttonous gulls subjected her to a frenzied attack - as they tried to pinch her sausage roll.

The birds swooped on Susan Pace, pecking at her pastry as she strolled along Aberdeen Walk with the 47p Cooplands snack.

Seagull menacre on the seafront.Picture Richard Ponter 133113b

Seagull menacre on the seafront.Picture Richard Ponter 133113b

And the treat turned into terror when the trio of hungry seagulls attacked her, in an ordeal she compared to classic horror film The Birds.

“I felt a tap on my shoulder, and I thought it was someone I knew - I turned around and it was a massive gull,” said the 61-year-old.

“Three of them were going for my sausage roll, they were really aggressive and it was frightening.

“It really was like something out of a Hitchcock film.”

The Osgodby woman claims the attack left her “shook up”, but she suffered no serious injuries in the morning attack on Monday 24 February.

But while the feathered flock in Hitchcock’s classic 1963 thriller seemingly swooped on their victims for no reason, Mrs Pace claims that food is forcing hungry gulls to venture further inland - and making them more dangerous.

And she warned: “If I was with my grandchild, it could have been much worse.

“My fear is that they could hurt a small child.”

Her story is the latest tale of troublesome birds in the town, and comes after a Scarborough councillor called for the council to humanely ‘cull the gulls’.

Andrew Jenksinon called for action after seafront traders claimed the “divebombing” birds were making life hell for themselves and tourists, although the authority claimed its hands were tied by red tape protecting gulls.