Worthing man would rather be ‘locked up’ than stop feeding the seagulls

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A WORTHING man said he would rather be fined or “locked up” than stop feeding seagulls, as he has done for the past 10 years.

Lee Brown was sent a letter by Worthing and Adur councils after residents complained about food being thrown to the birds.

Lee, of St Anselm’s Road, said: “I walk my dog early every morning and stop off near my mother’s house on the way and feed the seagulls.

“I’ve been doing it for 10 years and I don’t see why I should stop.”

Lee, 47, received the letter which said he was contravening the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It said the council had received complaints regarding the deposit of items on the footpath and grass verge in Guildford Road and Haynes Road.

The letter warned Lee if he deposited anything in an open public space, to which the Environmental Protection Act applies, it would be a criminal offence.

Lee was told the area would continue to be inspected, and if he was found committing further offences, would be fined £75.

He said: “I will continue to feed the seagulls as I have done for the last 10 years, I’d rather they give me the fine – or lock me up – than stop.

“Then they’d look silly.

“I don’t see why I should throw things like bread and doughnuts away when the seagulls will eat it up. I don’t leave mess behind and I’m not hurting anyone.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The council has no objection to anyone feeding seagulls, just not on, for example, public pavements.

“We have spoken to Mr Brown and advised him of this.

“We further advised that he could feed them in either his garden or some open space (suggested a garage forecourt) near to his home which would not annoy any residents.”