AGGRESSIVE seagulls are causing a health hazard in Amble, it is claimed.
There have been calls to try to tackle the issue, amid fears that the problem will get worse during the tourist season.
The matter has been raised by Amble Town Council.
Options being considered to discourage the public from feeding the birds are educational signs.
Chairman Leslie Bilboe said: “Amble is a seaside town and we will always have seagulls.
“I think it is a very difficult problem to deal with.
“If people don’t feed them then they will raid the bins.”
The town has had problems for years with gulls diving at the public or snatching their food.
Amble councillors have been told that any signage in the town to tackle the gull issue would be the responsibility of the harbour commissioners and any complaint should be passed onto them.
The council has been told that educating the public was a more suitable alternative to a by-law, including posters, leaflets and signs attached to litter bins encouraging people not to feed the gulls.
Members now plan to contact the harbour commissioners to discuss ways of solving the problem.