A wild goose chase? How these two overnight guests got shop staff in a flap

The pair of pigeons were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning. The pair of pigeons were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
6:30 PM

Shoppers watched on in amazement as a pair of pigeons got shop staff in a flap at city store.

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The pair of pigeons were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning.The pair of pigeons were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning.

The airborne intruders were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning.

Armed with bottles of water and a mop, staff were seen pitching in to get the pigeons out, according to one eyewitness, before they opening the store with a warning to customers.

Photography student Zak Nelson, 18, was waiting for a bus as the spectacle unfolded.

He said: “There was a commotion in the shop and I could see shop staff running around, then two pigeons flying into the window.

The pair of pigeons were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning.The pair of pigeons were found inside Poundland on St Stephens Street just before opening time on Saturday morning.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening. There was a member of staff with a mop, and others had bottles of water, maybe to splash the birds.”

The shop opened just after 8.30am, when Mr Nelson went in to take these photograhs.

“They warned us they had a couple of pigeons in the shop

“Some of the customers ignored them completely, some were watching on in disbelief, and some were laughing.”

15 comments

  • What a load of garbage you write Simes. A true tree hugger if ever I heard one! Whilst thread, string or hair would indeed cut off the circulation have you ever seen one with good feet but string wrapped around them?? No is you answer. If however you stood in your own muck for half of every day your feet would become diseased for sure as is happening to the poor things here. They roost side by side and the dropping stay on the window ledges etc unlike wind birds that roost in trees with the dropping falling to the floor. No surprise then that they carry far more diseases than wild birds. No myth I'm afraid but fact! And Babies F S. It was a joke, although it clearly went straight over your head duh!

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    baguio

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Deformities to pigeons' feet are not caused by roosting in their own droppings but by thread, string and sometimes hair. This winds tighter round the foot cutting off the circulation, and the toes die and drop off. Infection can set in. Please do some research instead of posting ignorant comments.

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    Simes

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Don't any of the employees own an air rifle?

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    baguio

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Think you need to read the article again Mooseyt3 it was actually a bloke waiting at a bus stop who felt the need to take pics lol

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    Babies Sale Norwich

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • AHA! Fair play Poundland, you got yourself into the paper, all that publicity Poundworld have been getting must have hurt.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Poor little things, how did they get in and imagion the stress caused to them being chased around and banging into the windows.

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    Spookie

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Sadly the pigeon problem in this country is man made. We have created an artificial environment where the birds can thrive in an unnatural and extreme way to such an extent that the population has no natural way of controlling itself. In natural conditions this would not happen and natural selection would have taken it's own course. Now it is down to us to sort our own mistakes out and to get the situation down to a level where nature works again. Unfortunately and sadly this is going to mean a cull which will mean that the birds will suffer because of our wrongs. But to leave the situation as it is means the birds are suffering any way. You just need to go to Victoria Coach Station in London to see this. With immense inbreeding and deformity in every bird. Sad when other creatures suffer because of ud.

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    PDH

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • PDH, the deformities that I assume that you're talking about are their feet. This unfortunately is not due to inbreeding but due to the fact that they roost in their own dropping causing their feet to rot. With there being so many of them I doubt inbreeding is a problem. However you're 100% correct about the need to reduce their numbers to reduce their suffering. More peregrines required perhaps?

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    baguio

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Furthermore, feral pigeons do not carry diseases any more than any other wild birds. That is a myth perpetuated by pest control companies. Quelle surprise.

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    Simes

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • While people keep feeding these urchins, they will always be a pest and just walk in anywhere

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Derek McDonald, are you talking about the shoppers or the pigeons?

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Did no one call the fire brigade, or do they only rescue seagulls from trees?

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    richguyb

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • But where they a pound each or the two for a pound

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    julius pepperwood

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • baguio what a stupid comment if any of the employees did own an air rifle why would they feel the need to take it to work

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    Babies Sale Norwich

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Yuk! Horrible creatures. They're known to carry as many germs as rats which is why they're frequently referred to as rats with wings (I mean the pigeons of course and not the shop staff !!!).

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    Boadicea 1959

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

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