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Hawk is recruited to deter anti-social pigeons on East End estate

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 November 2010

Alvin the hawk used to scare away pigeons on the Malmsebury estate

Alvin the hawk used to scare away pigeons on the Malmsebury estate

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MEET the latest weapon in the fight against anti-social pigeons.

Alvin the hawk has been hired by housing association Tower Hamlets Homes to help tackle the problem of pigeons and the dropping they leave behind.

Residents on the Malmsebury estate in Bow had been complaining about the amount of pigeon droppings on the estate, saying it was becoming a real eyesore, not to mention a health hazard.

Staff from Tower Hamlets Homes arranged for Avian Pest Control to bring Alvin to the neighbourhood twice a week for two-three months to chase away the pigeons.

The idea is that he will trick the pesky pigeons into believing that Alvin has set up home there and leave the area.

Claire Demmel, head of environmental services at Tower Hamlets Homes said: “This is a really innovative way of solving a problem that is common to inner city life. Hopefully soon, the Malmesbury neighbourhood will be a pigeon-free area.”

Last year Tower Hamlets coucnjil used a hawk to deter pigeons in Whitechapel.

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