Hostile crows nicknamed ‘Ronnie and Reggie’ torment homeowners on street

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Homeowners are stunned and living in fear that a pair of aggressive crows may strike at any moment.

Residents of Carlisle Avenue, Littleover in Derby, are being tormented by a pair of crows nicknamed Ronnie and Reggie, after the infamous Krays.

Those on the street were struggling to work out who was behind a spate of attacks on cars in the road, where vehicles were scratched and windscreen wipers were broken or torn.

Initially, the Carlisle Against Crime community group thought the acts could have been committed by teenagers.

But in fact, two neighbouring crows were really the culprits behind the damage, writes DerbyshireLive.

Even a makeshift scarecrow, dressed in a sunhat and Marigold gloves have proved ineffective, as the birds continue to act hostile towards those living nearby.

The crows have since been called Ronnie and Reggie and have targeted several homeowners along the street.

Julie Bannister, who lives on the road, has had to replace her windscreen wipers twice over a four-week period.

She now covers her windscreen in a bid to prevent further damage.

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Linda Measures, another resident, said the birds regularly tap on her patio window with their beaks.

Despite the damage, it's believed Derbyshire police will not be taking action in the chaos on the street.

Although the cause of the aggressive behaviour at the moment is unknown, a spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds stated it is not unheard of but still rare.

They added: "There are a couple of possible explanations – one is that they are seeing their own reflection and getting quite angry about the 'other' bird and are doing some distraction behaviour and pecking at something soft, which happens to be the rubber.

"People could try blocking the reflection with paper or a similar material to see if that stops them.”

Neighbours have also tried placing covers on their cars and building scarecrows to prevent the attacks, but 'Ronnie and Reggie' show no signs of stopping.

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The RSPB added that carrion crows are some of the UK's smartest and most adaptable birds.

They usually live alone or in pairs and can be found all year round as they thrive in both urban and rural areas.

They generally are cautious at first but can grow to be bolder, and regularly taking advantage of the food on offer laid in gardens.

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