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Pensioner must pay £1,000 for killing seagull

A pensioner has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after killing a seagull with his walking stick when it tried to grab his Greggs lunch.

John Nicholson, 68, from Gronant near Prestatyn, was convicted of intentionally killing a wild bird in Rhyl, Wales last January and disorderly behaviour by being abusive to police.

CCTV footage showed seagulls swooping around food dropped in the street.

John Nicholson, 68, from Gronant near Prestatyn, was convicted of intentionally killing a wild bird in Rhyl, Wales last January and disorderly behaviour by being abusive to police. Pictured: Greggs in Rhyl

At Llandudno Magistrates’ Court, chairman Alwyn Lloyd Ellis said the CCTV 'clearly shows an act of intent by the defendant. As a result the bird died.'

Nicholson had no previous convictions and was fined in his absence.

He was ordered to pay £180 for each of the two charges and £652 in costs. 

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