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Firefighters, police and RSPCA close street and use extension ladder to rescue baby SEAGULL

Firefighters, police and the RSPCA closed a street and used an extension ladder to rescue a baby seagull trapped on a roof.

Emergency services were called after the stricken bird was trapped in a gutter and appeared distressed.

Witnesses said the street in Plymouth, Devon, was shut down as a huge rescue operation was launched to help the gull at around 7pm yesterday.

It was eventually freed by fire crews and after being checked over by the RSPCA it flew off.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, questioned whether the scale of the rescue was proper use of taxpayers money.

Emergency services were called after the stricken bird was trapped in a gutter and appeared distressed

Witnesses said the street in Plymouth, Devon, was shut down as a huge rescue operation was launched to help the bird

They said: 'It was really unusual to see our entire road closed for a seagull to be rescued.

'There was one concerned family in the street. It was on one house and then went over to a neighbour's one.

'The family first called the RSPCA and 24 hours later the fire brigade showed up. They used a ladder, like a suspension crane, to get it down.'

It was eventually freed by fire crews and after being checked over by the RSPCA it was allowed to fly off

A firefighter stands in the road as the truck lifts up his colleague to attend to the stricken bird

They added: 'The total cost to the taxpayer to save a baby seagull must have been quite high.

'They went up in a crane and closed the road with bollards. The bird didn't come at once and it had to be poked and went crazy.

'A woman from the fire brigade then grabbed it and put it in a box and gave it to the RSPCA.

'They checked it over to make sure it didn't have a broken wing or any issues and eventually it was let loose.

'I don't think this is a good use of taxpayers' money and I think most people would agree.

'They could have just let this baby seagull do its thing and I am sure it would have flown off by itself eventually.'

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: 'The RSPCA requested our attendance after a report of a seagull stuck in guttering at Garfield Terrace, Plymouth, just after 7pm on Sunday evening.

'A fire appliance and aerial ladder platform attended and the platform was used by firefighters to retrieve the bird.

'We attend bird rescues on request from the RSPCA, if a bird is in distress or members of the public are finding it distressing watching a bird in pain.

'We would rather attend and rescue the bird than a member of the public put themselves or others at risk by attempting a rescue themselves.'

MailOnline has approached Devon and Cornwall Police and the RSPCA for comment.

The bird is pictured sitting in the gutter where it got trapped and had to be rescued by emergency services

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