Pigeon cull shock to residents in Laindon

Shocked – Claire Turl was distressed by the pigeon cull

Shocked – Claire Turl was distressed by the pigeon cull

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HUNDREDS of pigeons have been shot dead on a Laindon estate after their numbers got out of control.

The flock has been plaguing the area around King Edward Road after their previous home, the Royal Court tower blocks, were demolished.

The birds used the towers to roost in, but moved to homes, shops and businesses when they were torn down.

Housing association Family Mosaic called in the marksmen to shoot the pigeons after attempts to disperse them in other ways failed.

Claire Turl, 39, of King Edward Mead, said lots of people had complained about the pigeons, but she was still shocked to see them shot down.

She said: “I know the pigeons have caused lots of problems and we have all complained, and that lots of methods have been attempted, but I was very shocked when I got the letter saying they were going to be shot.

“I called the housing association to ask if there was anything else that could be done and I was researching frantically on the internet to see if there was an alternative.”

The King Edward convenience store was badly affected by the pigeons.

A worker at the shop, who didn’t want to be named, said: “They shot lots of the birds from our garden. It wasn’t a very nice sight.

“It was quick, but I wish they could have found another way to do it and get rid of the birds.”

A spokesman for Family Mosaic said two shooters were sent to the estate last Thursday.

He said: “The pigeon infestation problem at Royal Court has stemmed from the demolition of the derelict tower blocks opposite where the pigeons were originally roosting.

“Pigeons do not generally leave an area unless they are under threat, so they head for the nearest highest point which was Royal Court.

“Over the last year, the pigeons have proceeded to cause serious damage to buildings and cause significant distress and problems for our residents.

“We have done everything we can to take control of the infestation, including deterring the pigeons with hawk visits.

“Unfortunately, this did not produce the results that we’d hoped for. We were advised that culling the pigeons was one of the most humane ways of controlling the problem and stopping them from multiplying.

“We have consulted with our residents throughout the process and most showed compassion and understanding.”

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11:10am Mon 30 Apr 12

Russ13 says...

Pigeons are like flying rats, in large numbers cause damange to property and pose a real health hazard.

Really not sure why this story is even news worthy...... perhaps there's going to be a claim against the council for the distress caused by witnessing the cull?
Pigeons are like flying rats, in large numbers cause damange to property and pose a real health hazard. Really not sure why this story is even news worthy...... perhaps there's going to be a claim against the council for the distress caused by witnessing the cull? Russ13
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11:14am Mon 30 Apr 12

APR says...

Exactly how many residents were "shocked" ?
Exactly how many residents were "shocked" ? APR
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11:31am Mon 30 Apr 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Why were they shocked! what other method of getting rid of vermin on a large scale is there....
Why were they shocked! what other method of getting rid of vermin on a large scale is there.... notinwestcliffanymore
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11:36am Mon 30 Apr 12

nicknows says...

If the marksmen want more practice I would willing allow them to shoot the pigeons that sit on my back fence and Tv ariel. When they land and take off from the ariel the whole thing vibrates and I am beginning to wonder if it is safe.
If the marksmen want more practice I would willing allow them to shoot the pigeons that sit on my back fence and Tv ariel. When they land and take off from the ariel the whole thing vibrates and I am beginning to wonder if it is safe. nicknows
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11:48am Mon 30 Apr 12

PJR121 says...

notinwestcliffanymor
e
wrote:
Why were they shocked! what other method of getting rid of vermin on a large scale is there....
Putting them in the Big Brother house?
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: Why were they shocked! what other method of getting rid of vermin on a large scale is there....[/p][/quote]Putting them in the Big Brother house? PJR121
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12:57pm Mon 30 Apr 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

THAT DOESN T GET RID, QUITE THE OPPOSITE
THAT DOESN T GET RID, QUITE THE OPPOSITE notinwestcliffanymore
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1:03pm Mon 30 Apr 12

emcee says...

Good grief! Some people really need to think before they start whinging to the Echo.
How on earth were they meant to get reid of them? Round them all up and ship them all to their own little island, off the coast of Argentina. They could, of course, poison them (may not be so quick). How about fighting vermin with vermin (send in the feral cats). I personally think they should have trained them to carry messages and given each housholder on the estate a pigeon. This would save the householder having to pay the current price hike by Royal Mail. You may even be able to train them to carry lightweight Ebay items with a bit of experience. Win-win all round.
Good grief! Some people really need to think before they start whinging to the Echo. How on earth were they meant to get reid of them? Round them all up and ship them all to their own little island, off the coast of Argentina. They could, of course, poison them (may not be so quick). How about fighting vermin with vermin (send in the feral cats). I personally think they should have trained them to carry messages and given each housholder on the estate a pigeon. This would save the householder having to pay the current price hike by Royal Mail. You may even be able to train them to carry lightweight Ebay items with a bit of experience. Win-win all round. emcee
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1:16pm Mon 30 Apr 12

keithrg says...

You know what happened they discussed it with Association homes But as usaul I bet they neglected to tell private rent and private owned property owners. Happens all the time. Disgusting managemet skills as usaul.
You know what happened they discussed it with Association homes But as usaul I bet they neglected to tell private rent and private owned property owners. Happens all the time. Disgusting managemet skills as usaul. keithrg
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1:46pm Mon 30 Apr 12

PJR121 says...

notinwestcliffanymor
e
wrote:
THAT DOESN T GET RID, QUITE THE OPPOSITE
I don't know, now it's on Channel 5, it seems to be quite forgotten about and tucked away...
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: THAT DOESN T GET RID, QUITE THE OPPOSITE[/p][/quote]I don't know, now it's on Channel 5, it seems to be quite forgotten about and tucked away... PJR121
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2:21pm Mon 30 Apr 12

bazza 1 says...

Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.
Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much. bazza 1
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2:21pm Mon 30 Apr 12

bazza 1 says...

Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.
Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much. bazza 1
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3:31pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.
Bet the Basildon High Street pigeons are thinking the same thing
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.[/p][/quote]Bet the Basildon High Street pigeons are thinking the same thing Richy don't shine shoes no more
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3:39pm Mon 30 Apr 12

E-Types says...

If the lady in the picture was to look behind her she would see the mess left by these creatures. Culling them is the only option other than making them legal currency, that way they would be captured and cared for till used. Four pigeons has to be worth frozen chicken
If the lady in the picture was to look behind her she would see the mess left by these creatures. Culling them is the only option other than making them legal currency, that way they would be captured and cared for till used. Four pigeons has to be worth frozen chicken E-Types
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4:04pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Brunning999 says...

Vermin need to be controlled, these days we have so many townie vermin lovers that we in the risk of disease.

And sorry to say the animal lover that said this will not control pigeons is wrong dead means dead.
Vermin need to be controlled, these days we have so many townie vermin lovers that we in the risk of disease. And sorry to say the animal lover that said this will not control pigeons is wrong dead means dead. Brunning999
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4:37pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Ivanna Goodhump says...

She's not bad looking for 39 ...
She's not bad looking for 39 ... Ivanna Goodhump
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4:51pm Mon 30 Apr 12

the church of asbo says...

next up magpies, crows and foxes pls
next up magpies, crows and foxes pls the church of asbo
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6:11pm Mon 30 Apr 12

mr_happy says...

I used to have a business in Southend. If you could have seen the damage, destruction and mess that Pigeons leave, maybe you would understand. I love birds and animals, but there are too many Pigeons.
I used to have a business in Southend. If you could have seen the damage, destruction and mess that Pigeons leave, maybe you would understand. I love birds and animals, but there are too many Pigeons. mr_happy
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7:55pm Mon 30 Apr 12

al coniston says...

Ivanna Goodhump wrote:
She's not bad looking for 39 ...
it's amazing what you can do with a bag of blue circle cement
[quote][p][bold]Ivanna Goodhump[/bold] wrote: She's not bad looking for 39 ...[/p][/quote]it's amazing what you can do with a bag of blue circle cement al coniston
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12:12am Tue 1 May 12

Trainman says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.
Strange how when I was in Basildon recently, I Never trod in it????????? Oh no, it was LAINDON I was in so they don't do it there, despite now being an eyesore of a place.
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.[/p][/quote]Strange how when I was in Basildon recently, I Never trod in it????????? Oh no, it was LAINDON I was in so they don't do it there, despite now being an eyesore of a place. Trainman
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7:56am Tue 1 May 12

Brunning999 says...

Trainman wrote:
bazza 1 wrote:
Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.
Strange how when I was in Basildon recently, I Never trod in it????????? Oh no, it was LAINDON I was in so they don't do it there, despite now being an eyesore of a place.
What planet are you on ?
[quote][p][bold]Trainman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.[/p][/quote]Strange how when I was in Basildon recently, I Never trod in it????????? Oh no, it was LAINDON I was in so they don't do it there, despite now being an eyesore of a place.[/p][/quote]What planet are you on ? Brunning999
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9:48am Tue 1 May 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

watch out in case they decide that this is the ideal solution to stem the amout of dogsh!t on the streets, marksmen out shooting dogs whos mess isn't cleared up......
watch out in case they decide that this is the ideal solution to stem the amout of dogsh!t on the streets, marksmen out shooting dogs whos mess isn't cleared up...... The Cater Wood Creeper
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7:08pm Tue 1 May 12

E-Types says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Trainman wrote:
bazza 1 wrote:
Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.
Strange how when I was in Basildon recently, I Never trod in it????????? Oh no, it was LAINDON I was in so they don't do it there, despite now being an eyesore of a place.
What planet are you on ?
The one a bit nearer to earth than yours!
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trainman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Pigeons carry more disease than rats, and are more messy. They defecate everywhere, and breed like flies. I just wish someone would cull the ones in Basildon Town centre. They manage to drop their mess everywhere you walk. There must be a way to feed them with a birth control drug that would at least stop them breeding so much.[/p][/quote]Strange how when I was in Basildon recently, I Never trod in it????????? Oh no, it was LAINDON I was in so they don't do it there, despite now being an eyesore of a place.[/p][/quote]What planet are you on ?[/p][/quote]The one a bit nearer to earth than yours! E-Types
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10:11am Wed 2 May 12

thefalconer says...

will get my hawk hunting them keep him fit when he is fin moulting
will get my hawk hunting them keep him fit when he is fin moulting thefalconer
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2:25pm Wed 2 May 12

angelclaire says...

To everyones comment above!! I am the woman in the picture above and who was shocked over pigeons being killed. Firstly to everyone who shoots there mouth of without finding out the facts first. The pigeons was not only shot but there heads cut off. Also the pigeons should have been dealt with by the council years ago. When laindon was a new town alot of houses had homing pigeons in this area. This is one of the reasons why the pigeons would not move. But as usual the animals suffer. It is the small minded faggots and idiots (basildon scum)-(not all) that make me ashamed to be a human being. But what did i expect? If you lot do your homework there was other ways of moving them on without killing them. But it costs money!!! So the council as well as the housing **** can't be bothered, so just kill them. Disgrace - There is always 2 sides to a story. Just one thing to say to everyone who agreed with this slaughter. ' no wander the world is the way it is today'. Hopefully all our children will be taught some humanity.
To everyones comment above!! I am the woman in the picture above and who was shocked over pigeons being killed. Firstly to everyone who shoots there mouth of without finding out the facts first. The pigeons was not only shot but there heads cut off. Also the pigeons should have been dealt with by the council years ago. When laindon was a new town alot of houses had homing pigeons in this area. This is one of the reasons why the pigeons would not move. But as usual the animals suffer. It is the small minded faggots and idiots (basildon scum)-(not all) that make me ashamed to be a human being. But what did i expect? If you lot do your homework there was other ways of moving them on without killing them. But it costs money!!! So the council as well as the housing **** can't be bothered, so just kill them. Disgrace - There is always 2 sides to a story. Just one thing to say to everyone who agreed with this slaughter. ' no wander the world is the way it is today'. Hopefully all our children will be taught some humanity. angelclaire
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8:41pm Wed 2 May 12

Mikeyzaz says...

angelclaire wrote:
To everyones comment above!! I am the woman in the picture above and who was shocked over pigeons being killed. Firstly to everyone who shoots there mouth of without finding out the facts first. The pigeons was not only shot but there heads cut off. Also the pigeons should have been dealt with by the council years ago. When laindon was a new town alot of houses had homing pigeons in this area. This is one of the reasons why the pigeons would not move. But as usual the animals suffer. It is the small minded faggots and idiots (basildon scum)-(not all) that make me ashamed to be a human being. But what did i expect? If you lot do your homework there was other ways of moving them on without killing them. But it costs money!!! So the council as well as the housing **** can't be bothered, so just kill them. Disgrace - There is always 2 sides to a story. Just one thing to say to everyone who agreed with this slaughter. ' no wander the world is the way it is today'. Hopefully all our children will be taught some humanity.
So if it costs money, were you happy to pay? If so, why didn't you get a private contractor in at your own expense to rehouse the poor things? Because you are quite happy to expect someone else to pay over the odds to sort out your issue.If you complain about a problem, don't be so quick to complain about the way your problem is dealt with, after all, you weren't willing to deal with it yourself. And if you really had researched other methods of getting rid of vermin, you would fully understand why the heads were removed. Humanity? Vermin destruction? Don't mix the two up.
[quote][p][bold]angelclaire[/bold] wrote: To everyones comment above!! I am the woman in the picture above and who was shocked over pigeons being killed. Firstly to everyone who shoots there mouth of without finding out the facts first. The pigeons was not only shot but there heads cut off. Also the pigeons should have been dealt with by the council years ago. When laindon was a new town alot of houses had homing pigeons in this area. This is one of the reasons why the pigeons would not move. But as usual the animals suffer. It is the small minded faggots and idiots (basildon scum)-(not all) that make me ashamed to be a human being. But what did i expect? If you lot do your homework there was other ways of moving them on without killing them. But it costs money!!! So the council as well as the housing **** can't be bothered, so just kill them. Disgrace - There is always 2 sides to a story. Just one thing to say to everyone who agreed with this slaughter. ' no wander the world is the way it is today'. Hopefully all our children will be taught some humanity.[/p][/quote]So if it costs money, were you happy to pay? If so, why didn't you get a private contractor in at your own expense to rehouse the poor things? Because you are quite happy to expect someone else to pay over the odds to sort out your issue.If you complain about a problem, don't be so quick to complain about the way your problem is dealt with, after all, you weren't willing to deal with it yourself. And if you really had researched other methods of getting rid of vermin, you would fully understand why the heads were removed. Humanity? Vermin destruction? Don't mix the two up. Mikeyzaz
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2:53pm Fri 4 May 12

emcee says...

angelclaire wrote:
To everyones comment above!! I am the woman in the picture above and who was shocked over pigeons being killed. Firstly to everyone who shoots there mouth of without finding out the facts first. The pigeons was not only shot but there heads cut off. Also the pigeons should have been dealt with by the council years ago. When laindon was a new town alot of houses had homing pigeons in this area. This is one of the reasons why the pigeons would not move. But as usual the animals suffer. It is the small minded faggots and idiots (basildon scum)-(not all) that make me ashamed to be a human being. But what did i expect? If you lot do your homework there was other ways of moving them on without killing them. But it costs money!!! So the council as well as the housing **** can't be bothered, so just kill them. Disgrace - There is always 2 sides to a story. Just one thing to say to everyone who agreed with this slaughter. ' no wander the world is the way it is today'. Hopefully all our children will be taught some humanity.
Good grief woman. Get a grip. These are pests. Disease ridden, dirty pests. So you are saying they should be moved on to some other estate/area for other poor people to endure? That is very selfish of you. And before you state that they can be move to the countryside, this will either effect farmers or they will find their way to where the food is...back to the towns.
Would you, also, stand up for rats in the same way? It si the human race who created these monsters and, therefore, is correct that the human should destroy them.
[quote][p][bold]angelclaire[/bold] wrote: To everyones comment above!! I am the woman in the picture above and who was shocked over pigeons being killed. Firstly to everyone who shoots there mouth of without finding out the facts first. The pigeons was not only shot but there heads cut off. Also the pigeons should have been dealt with by the council years ago. When laindon was a new town alot of houses had homing pigeons in this area. This is one of the reasons why the pigeons would not move. But as usual the animals suffer. It is the small minded faggots and idiots (basildon scum)-(not all) that make me ashamed to be a human being. But what did i expect? If you lot do your homework there was other ways of moving them on without killing them. But it costs money!!! So the council as well as the housing **** can't be bothered, so just kill them. Disgrace - There is always 2 sides to a story. Just one thing to say to everyone who agreed with this slaughter. ' no wander the world is the way it is today'. Hopefully all our children will be taught some humanity.[/p][/quote]Good grief woman. Get a grip. These are pests. Disease ridden, dirty pests. So you are saying they should be moved on to some other estate/area for other poor people to endure? That is very selfish of you. And before you state that they can be move to the countryside, this will either effect farmers or they will find their way to where the food is...back to the towns. Would you, also, stand up for rats in the same way? It si the human race who created these monsters and, therefore, is correct that the human should destroy them. emcee
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9:41am Sat 5 May 12

angelclaire says...

If you read what i said above then you see my point, but is no point trying to talk to people like you. My points were the way they were killed!!!!!Da
Human race? makes me laugh, who decides who lives who dies. It must be nice for you living in a black and white world.
If you read what i said above then you see my point, but is no point trying to talk to people like you. My points were the way they were killed!!!!!Da Human race? makes me laugh, who decides who lives who dies. It must be nice for you living in a black and white world. angelclaire
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2:49pm Sat 5 May 12

emcee says...

angelclaire wrote:
If you read what i said above then you see my point, but is no point trying to talk to people like you. My points were the way they were killed!!!!!Da
Human race? makes me laugh, who decides who lives who dies. It must be nice for you living in a black and white world.
Does it matter how they were killed? Shot, decapitated, gassed...
If it was quick, who cares?
[quote][p][bold]angelclaire[/bold] wrote: If you read what i said above then you see my point, but is no point trying to talk to people like you. My points were the way they were killed!!!!!Da Human race? makes me laugh, who decides who lives who dies. It must be nice for you living in a black and white world.[/p][/quote]Does it matter how they were killed? Shot, decapitated, gassed... If it was quick, who cares? emcee
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12:03pm Sun 6 May 12

The listening man says...

I read this story with interest. Judging by the comments on here, most of them seem to be by people who enjoy conflict and are either trolls or sociopaths. Pigeons are a nuisance, but children or anyone seeing them decapitated for that matter is disgusting. There are a load of pigeons in the town centre, but what is an even bigger health hazard, are the smokers who populate nearly every square inch and usually exhale in their kids faces. About time Basildon was educated in what the real health hazard is...maybe the smokers should be shot.
I read this story with interest. Judging by the comments on here, most of them seem to be by people who enjoy conflict and are either trolls or sociopaths. Pigeons are a nuisance, but children or anyone seeing them decapitated for that matter is disgusting. There are a load of pigeons in the town centre, but what is an even bigger health hazard, are the smokers who populate nearly every square inch and usually exhale in their kids faces. About time Basildon was educated in what the real health hazard is...maybe the smokers should be shot. The listening man
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