A crafty seagull has left diners baffled after robbing burgers from customers at a restaurant in Bristol.

The bird swooped for a cheeseburger on an outdoor table at Three Brothers restaurant, before landing with its plunder on an electricity box in the neighbouring beer garden of The Apple.

Two other gulls then attempted to seize the burger themselves but as soon as it's devoured another tried to snatch a cheeseburger on another table at the restaurant.

The customer managed to fend it off only for another gull to successfully steal his girlfriend's vegan burger within seconds, BristolLive reports.

Three Brothers, which serves its burgers from a moored boat, says the attention of gulls has recently become "an absolute nightmare".

When the outdoor seating area is busy, they have been swooping for food three or four times a day.

The double burger snatch happened shortly before 8pm yesterday (May 31) – less than two weeks after a gull stole a burger from a man's hands on a nearby road, prompting another man to reportedly hit the bird with his walking stick.

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Staff believe the rise in takeaways and people eating outside during the coronavirus pandemic may also be a factor in the increased gull activity.

Restaurant supervisor Andy Vincent said Three Brothers has been considering options to stop food being targeted by gulls, including a "plastic hanging seagull" which, according to reports online, may act as a deterrent.

The 28-year-old added: "It's an absolute nightmare. We have to replace the food each time and it's obviously not great for us as a business. Sometimes it happens three or four times a day.

"We do try to warn people, but obviously the seagulls are pretty fearless. It's really hard to keep on top of it when it's busy.

"People leave, there are dirty plates on the table, and if you're not there to collect them in 30 seconds, the gulls will swoop in and make a mess everywhere.

"The pigeons will get the mess on the floor and then they start getting confident as well."

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