‘THEIR eyes are stalking me like in a horror movie.’
These are the traumatised words of a Walney grandma after she was viciously attacked by a gull inside her home. 
74-year-old Pamela Hill was left bleeding after a gull swooped into her kitchen attacking both her chin and wrist in front of her beloved Jack Russell, Eve.
Mrs Hill of Amphitrite Street, Barrow has spoken out after The Mail highlighting a recent spate of gull strikes on homeowners in the town’s streets.
She said: “I opened the back door just after 7pm for my little Jack Russell and when I was in the other room I heard all this banging.
“When I went in I saw this gull on the window sill flapping around breaking my vase into the sink. 
“I couldn’t get the window open and as I was trying to hold it to help it out it bit my chin and wrist drawing blood.
“I then got a blanket over it and threw it out - thank god it didn’t come back.
“Now every time I hear noises in the kitchen I think oh Jesus Christ.
“I am also frightened just to go up the street - it is as if their eyes are stalking me like in a horror movie.
“I would hate for anyone to go through what I have been through.
“It was so terrifying and even though I am an animal lover I still feel so scared.
“Ever since it happened I have even struggled to eat properly.”
After speaking to other residents Mrs Hill was advised to get a tetanus jab at the hospital, which she did.
Mrs Hill, who spoke out to warn others of the dangers, also suffers from other medical conditions such as epilepsy and asthma and has also experienced two strokes, including a bleed on the brain.
Mrs Hill’s concerns concerns those of residents in Parade Street, Barrow who told The Mail they felt they were ‘under siege’ my gulls in the local area.
Sarah Dalrymple, wildlife warden at South Walney Nature Reserve said the gull would only have acted in such away out of ‘desperation’ to find food.
“With many people feeding gulls they now regularly associate people with food”, she said.
“Also, with many gulls finding less food in their natural habitats many have moved into the town.
“I am sure this would have been a very scary experience to see the gull in the kitchen, but as less food becomes available to feed hungry chicks they become more and more brave and desperate.
“It must have been pretty hungry to take such actions and it is most likely that this gull would have been previously fed by a human.
“There is an urban colony on Walney of around 100 gulls that I myself have counted and is not associated with those gulls we have on the nature reserve. 
“From research we know gulls at the reserve feed out at sea.
“These birds are declining like all our sea birds, which is deeply concerning.”