Stop, teef! Gull steals OAP’s dentures

Seagull, Hastings 2/8/09
Seagull, Hastings 2/8/09

A FAVOURITE pastime for 92-year-old Renee A’Bear, who has lived for the past eight years at Eridge House Residential Home in Richmond Road, Bexhill, is to sit out in the garden and feed the birds.

But on Wednesday this week her generosity was rudely served by a seagull, which swooped as she was relaxing with a coffee and stole her false teeth from a table beside her.

Renee A'Bear (right) with carer Melanie Marchant at Eridge House, Bexhill.

Renee A'Bear (right) with carer Melanie Marchant at Eridge House, Bexhill.

The bird flew onto a nearby roof-top with its booty, only to discard Renee’s dentures when it realised that while they might help her to eat, so far as gulls were concerned, they were uneatable.

Home manager Mrs Linda Stevens said: “Poor Renee came in crying her eyes out and absolutely distraught at having lost her teeth. Luckily her carers, Melanie Marchant and Gill Roy, found a ladder and while Gill steadied it, Mel climbed up to retrieve the stolen dentures.”

Linda, who supervises care for 43 residents, added: “All of us, including Renee, have since seen the funny side, but I think she’s going to be a bit more circumspect in future as to which birds she favours with tit-bits from her table.”