Morecambe’s ‘Pigeon Man’ breaks ASBO

John Wilkinson aka Pigeon Man of Morecambe.COPYRIGHT Docubyte.

John Wilkinson aka Pigeon Man of Morecambe.COPYRIGHT Docubyte.

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A man who was given an ASBO for feeding pigeons has been fined for breaking its terms.

John Wilkinson, known as ‘Morecambe’s Pigeon Man’, fed birds near his house on Cavendish Road in direct contravention of an anti-social behaviour order.

Mr Wilkinson, 64, was convicted of two charges of feeding birds within 100m of his home and one charge of feeding birds on Heysham Road after 5pm, which he was not allowed to do. He was also convicted of breaching a conditional discharge.

He was fined £265 and £105 costs.

Mr Wilkinson was given the two-year ASBO last December after neighbours complained for years about noise, droppings and disease caused by the enormous number of pigeons gathering to be fed near his house.

He said at the time: “I’ve fed the birds for over 50 years. I will have to comply with the ASBO but I don’t think its fair.”

Under the conditions of his ASBO, Mr Wilkinson must not feed any birds in his home or within 100 metres of his address; feed any birds in England and Wales outside of the exclusion zone unless the feeding takes place twice a day between the hours of 9.30am and 10.30am, then 3.30pm and 5pm, in a location that cannot be the same location in the morning and afternoon; and no more than half a kilo of bird seed to be fed to the birds at any one time; feed any birds in England and Wales outside the exclusion zone any other foodstuffs or bird food, except bird seed; aid, abet or incite others to feed any bird within England and Wales.