Seagull punched to death outside Wetherspoons after it stole a single chip
A seagull was punched to death outside a Wetherspoons in Gloucester after it stole a single chip.
Onlookers were shocked after the man struck the animal, who died soon after the fatal blow, and brushed the incident off nonchalantly.
The pub giant has informed the police and RSPCA of the incident which occurred outside the Lord High Constable of England in Gloucester Docks on Friday, and provided CCTV of the fatal attack.
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One female witness said she heard the force of the punch the bird received, likening the sound to that of a leather sofa being hit "with a good wallop".
Wondering what happened, the women said she turned around, along with the others who were staring in disbelief at what they'd just seen.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, said: "I did not see it but I heard the clunk of the gull being hit.
"I turned around a someone asked the man if he had punched the seagull.
"He did not care though.
"He just said, ‘yeah I did. It nicked one of my chips'."
The bird is said to have been rolling around on the floor for sometime, before a member of the public picked it up and moved it to a quiet space behind a plant pot.
The woman added: "There was a table of ten people who saw what happened and they were not happy.
"His attitude not caring, I asked him if he was serious to do something like that, told him he was disgusting and vile.
"Why could he not just shoo it away.
"It was horrible to see it after it was hit.
"I don’t know if his girlfriend is aware of it because she was not there when it happened.
"As soon as she came back from the toilet they left."
The witness has since reported the incident to the police.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said that pub management were made aware of the incident at the time.
"On a review of the CCTV of the incident, it did not happen on the pub premise itself but the individual concerned will still be barred from returning to the pub," he said.
"The pub notified the RSPCA immediately and the police will also now be notified.
"CCTV of the incident has been retained and we will assist in any investigation."
A spokesperson for the RSPCA encouraged any witnesses to the incident to contact them on 0300 123 4999.
Gloucestershire Constabulary have been contacted for comment.
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