I know a lot of people are aware, but this is a timely warning for the start of the season.
I was in St Ives today and witnessed two seagull raids in a few minutes along the Wharf (seafront).
One guy had his fish/chips stolen and he was near the shop doorway, whilst another had his ice cream cone nicked further along.
These gulls are smart, they watch you from lamp posts and roof tops, then come from behind, over your shoulder and get you. They have really mastered it, and I see it virtually every time I go to St Ives and was a victim myself a few years back.
If you must eat outside, keep your food very close to your body at all times and make sure children and elderly people do the same as they could be frightened and even fall over if attacked.
I know gulls can be a problem in many places like Fowey,Looe,Padstow etc, but the St Ives ones are in a class of their own when it comes to getting food, so take care and enjoy St Ives and don't feed the gulls either voluntarily or by being mugged!!