pigeon patrolFeathers are flying in Horncastle over calls from the town council for people to stop feeding the town’s ‘problem’ pigeons.

Councillors issued the appeal through the Horncastle News after expressing concerns about the damage and amount of mess the pigeons are causing.

They claim that people feeding birds are leading to an increase in the pigeon population.

Councillors have previously ruled out other suggestions to control the number of birds, including putting them on the pill or bringing in trained hawks to kill them.

The council was supported by the town’s History and Heritage Society and the local Federation of Small Businesses.

Some residents also backed the council but several others say the birds should be left alone.

And one pigeon – dubbed Percy by locals after taking up residence in the town centre – appears to have his very own fan club.

Pensioner Sylvia Petfield told the News: “I know the pigeons do cause damage to buildings but surely there are more important things to worry about in this town.


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