A teacher was left terrified with a bloodied and bruised lip when a seagull attacked her – as it tried to rip a sausage roll from her mouth.
Chantelle Bradshaw, 31, was walking in Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, with partner Steve Connolly and their 16-month-old son Max when the bird swooped.
As Miss Bradshaw took a bite of the pastry, the gull flew down, tearing the roll from her mouth before flying off.
Partner, Steve Connolly, 42, said it was a “frightening experience.”
He added: “We were just about to cross the pedestrian crossing opposite Marks and Spencer.
“We had just been to the bakery and bought a sausage roll for our little boy.
“He was happy eating that and his mum had the other half.
“The seagull swooped down and took the roll out of her mouth and pinched her. “
Chantelle said: “I suppose to someone watching they would think it funny – cheeky seagulls.
“But it was a terrible shock and all I could think of was what if it had been my child.
“The bird was big and had a huge wingspan and it left me bleeding.
“It ripped the food out of my mouth. It could easily have seriously hurt a child or taken an eye out.
“I spoke to a woman in the post office afterwards and she said it had happened to her 12-year-old daughter and the gull had left her nose bleeding.
“People need to be made aware of the danger. There should be signs and shop keepers should warn customers not to eat food in that area where the gulls all seem to congregate.
“When we spoke to the council, the woman said the gulls are nesting at the moment so are on the look out for extra food for the chicks which could mean incidents like this are more likely to happen.”
Steve added: “Her lip must have bled for 10 to 15 minutes.
“While we were there a couple of people saw it and said it does happen all the time in Cleveleys. There needs to be some awareness, just informing people they are doing it. All I could think was it could have hurt our little lad.
“It is only a matter of time before someone has their eye taken out. It was so frightening.
“We just want to warn people.”