Nightmare pensioner, 71, fined £3,000 for feeding birds outside her house

A woman obsessed with feeding birds turned her quiet street into a ‘nightmare’ as flocks of up to 100 birds were attracted to the road.

Irene Webber, 71, was taken to court for attracting large flocks to the residential road after neighbours feared venturing outside in case they got pooped on.

Some resorted to leaving their homes in Sully, near Cardiff with an umbrella even on sunny days to avoid being splattered.

Complaints were sent to the council, with one resident comparing the scenes to Alfred Hitchcock’s famous horror ‘The Birds’, in which murderous flocks descend on a town, Metro reports.

Another neighbour said: "This increase in the number of birds was clearly being caused by her feeding the birds.

"This has had numerous effects on myself and my family, with food dropped by the seagulls, constant problems with bird excrement on our windows, cars, clean washing and even on ourselves.

"I and my family are unable to eat outside or have barbecues in our own garden, as the seagulls and pigeons circle above our property and garden.

"The birds sometimes swoop down to take food and also mess over the area.

"This increased bird activity also results in accumulations of bird mess on our property roof and gutters, so that they need more regular cleaning."

Councillor Kevin Marney said Webber's bird-feeding hobby has 'created utter hell' for her neighbours for almost two decades, adding: "This is one of the most distressing situations that I have ever faced. What these poor people have had to deal with.

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"While most of us have been enjoying our summer in their garden, these people have not been able to go out the back and couldn’t enjoy their own gardens."

As a result, Webber was fined £3,000 at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court for breaching a community protection notice designed to end the excessive bird feeding.

She was also served with a notice under Section 4 of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, ordering her to keep her garden free of mice and rats.

Councillor Eddie Williams, Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet member for legal, regulatory and planning services said that he hopes its sentence will send a message about anti-social behaviour in the area.

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