Ant & Dec warned of giant seagulls as ‘muggings’ reported at I’m A Celeb castle
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly face something far scarier than ghosts at the new I’m A Celebrity haunted castle – giant seagulls.
The area where the show will be staged this winter is constantly under attack from the greedy birds.
And the Geordie duo have been warned to be careful with their food or they risk being “mugged”.
The new series is being filmed at spooky Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy, North Wales, after the Covid crisis made Australia impossible.
But the region has been targeted by gulls.
Conwy Council confirmed: “We are getting more and more complaints of gulls ‘mugging’ people for food. In some cases this had led to physical injury.”
Locals have had ice creams and chips seized from their hands and postal workers have been attacked.
One child was left with facial injuries after a gull snatched his burger.
And a spokeswoman at Abergele Golf Course, next to the Castle, said: “I bought two ice creams and a seagull swooped down and stole one from me. It’s quite frightening.
“I’ve heard the council brought in a falcon to try and scare them away.”
She warned: “To those taking over the castle – don’t leave food out because the gulls will be all over you!”
Speaking of this year's series, Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios, said: "We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia.
"Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn't possible for us to travel and make the show there.
"However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I'm A Celebrity. While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.
"Our celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals but they can still look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans and plenty of thrills and surprises along the way."
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