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A pensioner has been left too afraid to feed birds in her again backyard after a “bullying” council have threatened to positive her.

Anne Seago, 97, has been accused of anti-social behaviour by a neighbour who complained concerning the presence of the birds.

The council has been on her heels for 2 years after the neighbour made a criticism about pigeons and seagulls in Seago’s backyard which had been inflicting a “nuisance”.

Earlier this month, the 97-year-old obtained a written warning from the council saying that she should stop her “anti-social behaviour” or face a neighborhood safety discover and a positive of £100.

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Seago has been instructed to cease feeding the birds in her backyard (not pictured)


Fylde Council outlined the anti-social behaviour as “putting food out for the purpose of attracting wild birds”.

They stated that Seago’s behaviour is “unreasonable” and negatively impacting different residents.

The council suggested her to cease inserting meals outdoors for the birds and cautioned that if she ignored the discover, she wouldn’t be given one other warning earlier than being punished.

In a letter written to Seago, Fylde Council stated: “This behaviour is unreasonable and is having a determinantal effect on neighbouring residents. Birds roosting and defecating is a public health nuisance and has the potential to cause disease.

“Stop placing food within the curtilage of [blank] for the purpose of attracting and feeding wild birds. This also includes placing any feed within the garage/outbuilding with the intention of attracting any wildlife inside,” they warned.

Seago, a retired piano instructor, stated: “I am stressed out. My blood pressure is up and it was perfect the last time.


“After all this began, I have started having problems with my hands and legs. I’m not saying all this has caused it but I can’t be sure. I want to live to 100.”

Fylde Council instructed GB News that that they had obtained complaints since 2016 of extreme birds feeding at two totally different properties in Staining.

They stated: “Informal letters had been sent by Fylde Council in the past informing the occupants of these two properties that complaints had been received.

“Officers visited the properties on numerous occasions, most recently in 2023 and reported witnessing hundreds of pigeons in proximity to these properties, mostly on rooftops, with large amounts of food to be provided for them.

“This has led to the accumulation of bird feed, which has the potential to attract vermin and spread disease, and the build-up of bird faeces, which can cause nuisance and damage to property.”

The council stated that officers tried on a number of events to make contact with the occupants of the 2 properties involved.

One of the properties (it’s unclear if that is Seago’s) by no means responded, based on the native authority.

The council issued Community Protection Warnings (CPW) to each properties in query on November 10.

They stated: “The Community Protection Warning is not a legal notice it acts as a warning to cease the antisocial behaviour – in this instance, the placing of food within the curtilage of the relevant properties (including garages and outbuildings) for the purpose of attracting and feeding wild birds.

“If it continues the Council could consider serving a Community Protection Notice (CPN).

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“Before issuing a CPN the local authority would have to be satisfied that that the conduct is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, is unreasonable, and is persistent.

“Failure to comply with a CPN is a criminal offence. The council has acted in response to complaints from other residents in the neighbourhood.”

Seago lives along with her son Alan, 77, in her home in Staining, close to Blackpool.

Her son, a retired vehicles salesman, says he fears the battle is placing an pointless pressure on his mom’s well being.

He instructed Mail Online: “The council letter is menacing. This will finish her off. If we get fined, we are prepared to go to court.”

Residents of Staining have supported Seago’s plight, accusing the council of “bullying and victimising her”.

Darren Horne, the neighbour who filed the criticism, has been accused of inflicting disruption to the neighborhood, as he allegedly performs loud punk music continuously.

“It’s the man next door to Anne and Alan who has been sending emails in complaining about all the birds, yet the council ignores our complaints (against him). It is bullying, pure and simple,” neighbour Ian Wright stated.

“We’re very concerned about Anne and Alan’s welfare,” Wright said.

Horne has denied all allegations in opposition to him.

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