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Gloucester RSPCA seeks man who clubbed seagull to death

The RSPCA said it is "appalled" after a baby seagull was clubbed to death by a man with a baseball bat in Gloucester.

A woman reported the incident, which happened outside Halfords in Eastern Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

RSPCA spokeswoman Judith Haw said: "It was a horrific attack. We would like to find out who was responsible."

The man was described as white, in his 50s, stocky and about 5ft 10ins tall. The charity is appealing for witnesses.

He wore a shirt with rolled-up sleeves and a hat thought to be a baseball cap.

Easy target

"He had what was believed to be a baseball bat and he was hitting the seagull and attacked again when it fell to the ground, killing the bird," Ms Haw said.

"We don't really know the circumstances, but we're appalled by the attack.

"It could be someone who had something against seagulls or had had a bad day. The witness said the man looked angry. She was very upset and thought about going back, but had to think about her own safety."

Ms Haw said the gull was possibly a fledging, not yet properly flying and would have been an easy target.

If caught, the offender could face a maximum fine of £20,000 or a six-month jail sentence.

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