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'Vicious crows claw man's head and back' in central London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 23/05/2017 Fiona Simpson

'Vicious crows claw man's head and back' © Ben Birchall/PA Images 'Vicious crows claw man's head and back' A Gatwick airport worker has warned against the dangers of the capital’s “vicious” crows after a group of birds launched an attack on the playing fields of an exclusive prep school.

31 year-old Patrick, took a five-minute walk from his home to Victoria train station in the early hours of Sunday morning when he heard a “horrendous scream” as he passed through Vincent Square close to Westminster Under School.

“Three or four” crows swooped down on him and clawed at his back and head, he told The Standard.

He ran onto Vauxhall Bridge Road in an attempt to flee the attack but was “chased” by a lone creature.

Patrick rushed to the Urgent Care Centre at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following the attack over fears he may have contracted tetanus.

“I didn’t realise I was bleeding until I felt scabs on the back of my head later in the day.

I looked it up and read online that if they break the skin you should get checked out in case you have tetanus.“

The victim said he had carried out research which led him to believe the beaked attackers had been protecting their young.

“At first I thought they’d made some sort of mistake but when I looked into it apparently it is quite common for crows to attack at this time of year if they have young, especially if the chick is on the floor," he told The Standard.

The airport worker said he planned to “avoid” the private square until the birds had “calmed down” and added he would find a “safer route”.

“It’s right near a school, if a child had been coming out he could have ended up on the floor and might not have escaped so easily," he said.

In 2015 an actress vowed never to enter an east London park again after been attacked by a crow.

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