CHILDREN are being taught lessons in schools on how to avoid being attacked by seagulls following a spate of attacks in seaside towns.

The flying menaces have been causing misery across the UK – repeatedly targeting children and allegedly killing pets in their quest for food.

Frustrated council officials from Scarborough and Whitby have now decided enough is enough with the violence and are educating school children on how to avoid any confrontation with the birds.

Officials say they want to "improve the relationship between humans and gulls" and are sending staff into schools to help them understand their behaviour better.

Kids are being taught the gulls may get aggressive if they are on the lookout for food or protecting their young.

Jonathan Bramley, the council's environment and regulation manager, has been visiting local schools in the area armed with videos and cardboard cut outs.

He told the BBC: “We're reinforcing the message not to feed the gulls.”

In Scarborough and Whitby alone, reported attacks have risen from 36 in 2016 to 47 in 2018.

So far this year, there have been 23.

Earlier this month, The Sun reported how a two-year-old girl was attacked by gulls – just days after they killed the family’s pet.

Emily Vincent said her Yorkshire terrier Roo suffered a head wound and brain damage after the attack believed to have been caused by the birds protecting a nest.

But just 48 hours later the deadly gull gang struck again, leaving daughter Jessie with facial injuries.

And in July, the country was gripped by the story of Gizmo, a four-year-old Chihuahua from Paignton, who was snatched from his home by a seagull.

The Sun offered a reward of £5,000 in a bid to find the 5lb dog, but so far pleas for information for Gizmo’s return have gone unanswered.

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