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Middlesbrough residents assualted by owl

Date 10 Jan 2007
Author The Editor

A giant owl is terrorising locals in Middlesbrough town centre. The bird, capable of taking foxes and small deer, launches itself off high roofs and swoops on passers-by, reports the Sun. The eagle owl, which has a 5ft wingspan, set up home on the roof of Middlesbrough train station in September - but turned nasty over Christmas.

Owl-victim Mark Fryett, 40, said: “I was leaving work when I heard a hoot and a whoosh and saw this big white face coming at me. I put my arm up and hit its wing and it fell on the floor, but got up again and flew off. “I was really shaken up. It was like something out of Harry Potter - I thought it was going to pick me up! I went home and called the police, but I think they thought I was drunk.” 

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