Seagulls attack Scottish mail carrier

June 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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ELGIN, Scotland, June 29 (UPI) -- The British Royal Mail said deliveries to more than 20 residents of a Scottish town have been suspended after a letter carrier was attacked by seagulls.

The Royal Mail said the "swooping attacks" by seagulls in Elgin led the service to suspend deliveries until the end of the nesting season, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

"The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail and these swooping attacks have made it difficult for her to continue to do her job," a spokesman said. "Unfortunately, these frightening attacks have meant that this week we have temporarily suspended deliveries to some addresses in Muirfield Road. These kinds of attacks do occur at this time of year across the country as gulls are nesting."

The spokesman said the affected residents can pick up their mail at the High Street Post Office.

Resident George McPhee, 66, said he does not agree with the Royal Mail's decision.

"The seagulls are a bloody pest, but I have been 41 years in the same house and they have never hurt anybody -- and that's including kiddies, dogs and cats," he said. "Even during the Blitz everybody was getting their post. If they have to issue them hard hats then so be it."

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