A ROGUE owl has attacked a paper boy in South Tyneside ... again.
It is the second time in a week that the bird – a European Eagle Owl, which is believed to have escaped from captivity – has swooped on the 14-year-old at Cleadon Meadows.
The latest attack happened last Tuesday in exactly the same spot and seven days after the original incident in which his grandparent’s dog was so scared that it ran in front of a car and is still receiving treatment.
The boy phoned home and asked to be collected because he was so scared.
His grandmother said the attack by the bird – which is about two feet tall and has a six-foot wingspan – had left him “mortified”.
She said: “It’s unbelievable. It was in exactly the same place, at the same time of day as before.
“We thought he might have been winding us up when rang and said it had happened again, but my husband saw the bird.”
“He was shocked when he saw how big it was.”
The grandmother, who lives in Cleadon, says the family think the bird could have attacked because the teenager was carrying a newspaper delivery bag.
“I don’t know if it was because the light was reflecting off it,” she said. “But we can’t have it flying round like this. It could have attacked children.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council, said: “We’ve spoken to the young boy’s mother and neighbouring residents to reassure them about the owl.
“It is a very rare occurrence for the bird to swoop or attack people.
“In this instance, we feel the owl still associates people with its time in captivity and is seeking food.”