A stunned woman, hearing the force of the blow, turned in shock to see other passersby stopping to see what had happened.
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Wetherspoons has suspended one of its punters after beating a seagull to death for stealing a chip.
The incident happened near the Lord High Constable pub in Gloucester Docks, with the bird dying shortly after the strike.
A stunned woman, hearing the force of the blow, turned in shock at what she saw while other passers-by also stopped to see what had happened.
“It happened about a meter from the outside of the Lord High Constable pub,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.
“I didn’t see it, but I heard the clatter of the seagull being hit.
“It sounded like someone hit a leather sofa with a good punch. I turned around when someone asked the man if he hit the seagull.
“But he didn’t care. He just said, “Yes, I have. It stole one of my chips.'”
The bird is believed to have been rolling around on the ground for some time before a member of the public picked up the gull and took it to a quiet spot behind a flower pot. Gloucestershire Live Reports.
“There was a table of 10 people who saw what happened and they weren’t happy,” the woman added.
“I didn’t care about his attitude, I asked him if he was serious about doing something like that, told him he was disgusting and obnoxious.
“Why couldn’t he just shoo it away? It was horrible to see after it was hit.
“I don’t know if his girlfriend knows about it because she wasn’t there when it happened. As soon as she came back from the toilet, they left.”
The witness has since reported the incident to the police.
Wetherspoons have also reported the incident to the police and RSPCA and captured the events on CCTV.
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A spokesman for Wetherspoon told The Mirror: “An incident involving a customer of the pub and a seagull occurred on Friday night which was brought to the attention of the pub’s management after it happened.
“Following a CCTV review of the incident, it did not happen on the premises of the pub itself but the person involved is still being prevented from returning to the pub.
“The pub immediately notified the RSPCA and the police are now being notified as well. Video surveillance of the incident has been maintained and we will assist with any investigation.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA added: “We would urge anyone with first-hand information about this incident to contact us on 0300 123 4999.”
Gloucestershire Police, meanwhile, have confirmed they have received a report of the incident.
The Mirror Online have contacted Gloucestershire Police for a statement.
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