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Posties in a flap over swooping seagulls in Eastbourne street
A baby seagull and its “dive-bombing” mother have forced the Royal Mail to stop deliveries to Sussex streets.
The Royal Mail has written to homes in two Eastbourne roads revealing its postman will no longer be visiting because of the “unacceptable level of risk” posed by the birds.
Mandy Laffan and her husband John, of Rutland Close, returned from holiday to find a letter informing them that postal deliveries would be temporarily suspended in her street and Burton Road.
It said: “I am writing to you to make you aware of the ongoing issue whereby seagulls are attacking the postman as he delivers mail to you.
“An internal risk assessment was carried out following this and has highlighted an unacceptable level of risk associated with delivering to your address at this time.”
As a result, the couple has to travel to the post office every day to collect their mail.
Mrs Laffan said she had never seen the seagulls attack.
She added: “What makes me laugh is that he can deliver up to number nine, but after that the risk is too dangerous.
“The mother and baby sit on the roof next door and sometimes on the garage roof the other side, but they have never come near us – we have never had any problem with them.
“There’s a lady across the road who is in her 90s, how can she go and get her post?
“Quite a few of the other neighbours are in their 80s as well. They shouldn’t have to pay for a cab to collect their post.
A spokesman from Royal Mail told The Argus: “One of our regular postmen delivering to a small number of addresses in parts of Eastbourne has been experiencing swooping attacks by seagulls as he delivered his round over the past few weeks.
“The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail and these swooping attacks have made it difficult for him to continue to do his job. Unfortunately these frightening attacks have meant that we had to temporarily suspended deliveries to some addresses in Burton Road and Rutland Close at the end of last month.
“We apologise to those customers affected and we are continuing to monitor the situation. We will resume deliveries as soon as it is safe for us to do so.”
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