A Cardiff man brutally killed a gull in an act branded "unthinkable and despicable" because the bird knocked chips out of his hand.

John Llewellyn Jones (d.o.b 17 December 1954), 64, killed the gull during a day trip to Weston-super-Mare on 17 July 2018.

The lesser black backed gull flew around trying to reach his chips, and subsequently knocked his snack from his hand. Jones' reaction shocked by-standers, including children, as witnesses observed him catch the gull by the leg and smash the animal into a wall, killing it.

Jones was sentenced at Weston-super-Mare Magistrates Court, and was found guilty of a Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 offence. He had pleaded not guilty, but magistrates listened to two witnesses, and said their accounts were "credible and compelling", before finding the man guilty of the offence.

He was sentenced to a 12-week curfew, applicable between the hours of 8pm and 8am, which began immediately. He was also ordered to pay £750 in costs, and an £85 victim surcharge.

Gulls are protected under section 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

RSPCA Cymru say the man showed "blatant disregard for animal welfare" and "cared more for his chips than what his actions did to the poor gull".

Simon Evans, RSPCA inspector, said: "This was an unthinkable and despicable way to treat an animal - with this gull smashed against a wall by the man, solely because it knocked chips from his hand.

"This was deliberate cruelty, borne from the fact that this man cared more for his chips than what his actions did to the poor gull. Simply, the man showed blatant disregard for an animal because he was annoyed about his chips.

"Witnesses saw the attack - and shocked by-standers, including children, had to look on as the man killed the gull."