A MAN was filmed appearing to kick a seagull as it was eating chips that were dropped on the ground.

The incident took place on Saturday, July 28 at the Carrick Street junction to Boswell Park and the Scottish SPCA have now been alerted.

An undercover inspector from the charity’s special investigations unit, explained: “We are being assisted by Police Scotland in our investigation and we would like to trace the individual involved and would urge anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

“Any information given to our animal helpline is treated confidentially and can be given anonymously.

“Recently we have been made aware of a number of incidents involving attacks on seagulls and would like to remind the public that gulls, like all other birds, are protected by law.

“We’d encourage the public to clear up any rubbish as gulls are attracted to it as they look for food.”

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.