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David Cameron claims no grudge against seagulls despite budget measures

PUBLISHED: 11:40 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:29 20 March 2015

View of seagulls at Great Yarmouth beach. A menace for the Prime Minister?

View of seagulls at Great Yarmouth beach. A menace for the Prime Minister?

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David Cameron has revealed a run-in with a seagull in the “distant past” as cash was announced in the budget to tackle dive-bombing seagulls.

A total of £250,000 will be made available as part of the Budget, following a campaign by Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster in the south-west, who hosted a seagull summit for MPs in 2012.

It is hoped studies will help scientists understand urban seagull’s lifecycle, so populations can be controlled.

In 2013 an Norwich man said he had been close to moving out of a Riverside flat because of noisy and anti-social neighbours.

In the interview with regional journalists, Mr Cameron said: “I haven’t felt particularly oppressed by seagulls. In my distant past I seem to remember seagulls taking the ham out of a sandwich, but I haven’t held it against the whole seagull population ever since.”

A Treasury source said the government was committed to tackling seagulls. “The government is looking at ways we can deal with the scourge of urban seagulls,” said the source. “It can be quite a big issue to people in urban areas, particularly in Gloucester and Bath.”

Universities and research centres are being encouraged to bid for the funding.

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