Blind widow unable to leave home as she’s terrorised by dive bombing seagulls

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Irene Malone and her guide dog Breeze are being dive-bombed by a pair of birds nesting on her roof with young chicks.

And because by law the birds cannot be moved, she has sent her frightened black labrador to stay with a friend.

As a result she has no choice but to sit and wait in her bungalow in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, until the youngsters fly the nest.

Irene, 78, said: “I’m completely blind, I can’t even see light and dark so having these two birds flying around my head screeching was the most frightening thing that has ever happened to me.”

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FRUSTRATED: The RSPB said the attacks could continue for a further five weeks (Pic: GETTY)

She added: “I’ve had to send the dog to stay with a friend because he can’t leave the house without being attacked.

“It means I’m imprisoned in my own home, I can’t leave without help until the birds do. I’m very upset about the situation and it’s lonely without my dog.”

Irene has contacted various agencies to see if the gulls can be removed but was told nothing can be done.

She added: “There is plenty of protection for them but none for us. I’ve been told that it could be several weeks until the chicks are old enough to leave.”

Meanwhile, teaching assistant Tom Ellis says he is forced to shield himself from swooping birds with an umbrella when he uses his garden following advice from his local council.

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TERRORISED: Irene was told nothing could be done about the gulls outside her home (Pic: NORTH NEWS)

And he says the RSPB has warned him the attacks may continue for another five weeks.

The 29-year-old of Prestatyn, Clwyd, added: “I can’t go out and enjoy the sun. My nieces and nephews can’t come and visit.

“They are always there and the house behind has a nest on the roof too so they have me surrounded. They have attacked several times, narrowly missing my head.

“I called the council and they advised me to use an umbrella for protection until they have moved on.”

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