Pensioner hurt by gull

Eva Vasey
Eva Vasey

A PENSIONER needed medical treatment after a swooping seagull attacked her and left her head pouring with blood as she walked to the shops.

Eva Vasey, 78, admitted she was left “shocked and stunned” after hearing a screeching sound before being set upon by the large plunging gull.

The mum-of-two, grandmother-of-seven and great-grandmother-of-three, desperately looked around for help after realising a wound in her head was pouring with blood.

Fortunately a passer-by helped her back home before her concerned husband, Joseph, 79, went with her to One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road, where she was given a tetanus and got the wound plastered.

Eva, who lives in Northgate and who was walking to the nearby shops in the street when she was attacked, said: “I just couldn’t believe what was happening to me.

“I didn’t see it coming, I just heard a noise, a screech from above and next thing I know it was attacking me.”

Eva said another pensioner in her street has been attacked by the swooping birds recently, and said something has to be done about it.

“I don’t know how we can stop these birds attacking but we need to,” said Eva, who used to work in school catering.

“I have lived on the Headland for 40 years and never had any problems but all at once you seem to be reading and hearing about seagull attacks more and more.

“It’s only a matter of time before they do some serious damage.”

The attack happened early last month and Eva admits she was scared to leave her own home if she saw seagulls nearby in the days following the attack.

“I’m getting more confident now but at first I was scared to go out in case it happened again,” she said,

“I was carrying a wooden stick with me incase one tried to attack.”

Last week the Mail told how residents in Burbank Court say they can’t leave the building without swooping seagulls attacking.

The postman in the area even carries a large stick with him to fend the gulls off when they plunge down towards him.

Robert Orton, 70, who has lived in the complex for seven years, said: “As soon as you go out they come down, a lot of the time they attack from behind and they are big things, it’s not easy to fight them off.”