Dad held hostage in his own home by angry dive-bombing seagulls

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CARER Chris Pritchard is being imprisoned by a family of angry seagulls who attack him every time he tries to leave the house.


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ATTACK: Chris is held hostage in his own home by angry dive-bombing seagulls

Chris says he is terrified because of the vicious pair who are protecting their chick.

The 48-year-old had been living in peace with the gulls for over a year since they started nesting on the roof of his house in Portland, Dorset.

But the nest was then disturbed recently by workmen and the tiny chick fell to the ground.


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HOSTAGE: Chris says he is terrified because of the vicious pair who are protecting their chick

The baby survived the fall but, unable to carry the chick back to its nest, the parents attack anyone who leaves or enters the house.


“They just dive for your head”


Chris Pritchard

The birds have attacked his daughters when they visit and even had a pop at the postman.

Chris has contacted the authorities and charities but they all say they cannot help him.

He said: “They just dive for your head, I was having to duck my head and just make a run for it every time I leave the house.


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NO TROUBLE: Chris had been living in peace with the gulls for more than a year since


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RSPB: The problem will continue until the chick can fly

Mr Pritchard, who is a full-time carer for his son Chesney, 22, has since moved the baby bird onto the roof of his shed in the back garden which has reduced the problem, but the parents still swoop for him.

He added: “Chesney is a bit worried too, he is scared of things anyway because of his difficulties and this has just made it worse.”

A spokesman for the RSPB said: “I’m afraid the only thing that can be done is to wait it out until the chick is old enough to fly.”






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