A man on a stag party sparked outrage when he bit a dead pigeon’s head off outside one of Devon’s most popular Wetherspoon pubs.
The group of men were apparently on a tour of Teignmouth’s pubs when the incident happened in front of shocked members of the public at The Jolie Brise.
Wetherspoon has confirmed the incident took place and that bar staff called the police.
The man then reportedly threw the pigeon’s body away and kept the head.
The stag party then left the pub.
But a Wetherspoon spokesperson stressed that the incident did not happen inside The Jolie Brise pub itself.
They say that the stag party were in the pub and that one of the group had found a dead pigeon on the opposite side of the road.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “A stag party were in the pub. One of the group found the dead pigeon on the opposite side of the road to the pub.
“One of the men bit its head off, threw the body away and took the head.
“One of the staff reported it to the police and the police caught up with the group in another pub.
A member of the public who witnessed the incident said: “It’s disgusting.
“People who were in The Jolie Brise heard that the man had bit the pigeon’s head off – they thought the pigeon must have flown into the upstairs bar outside seating area.
“The staff were clearing it up.”
Devon & Cornwall Police were approached for comment, but said they could not find details of the incident.
The Jolie Brise pub is named after a historic boat which won the first ever Fastnet race in 1925.
The gaff-rigged pilot cutter was designed by Alexandre Paris and built in 1913 by the Albert Paumelle yard in Le Harve.
Two years later, major alterations – including an engine and an additional cabin – was added to the ship, with the work being carried out by the Morgan Giles yard in Teignmouth.
It proved to be effective, with the boat going on to win two more Fastnet races in 1929 and 1930.
The boat itself is now owned by Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire and serves as its sailing club flagship.