POLICE say an escaped Bengal Eagle Owl could swoop on people carrying food.

The bird is thought to be hungry after escaping from its owner’s home in Jutland Avenue, Hebburn, South Tyneside.

It was reported missing to police on Thursday (April 24).

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The owl is 18 inches tall, cream, grey and dark brown in colour and has a wingspan of three- and-a- half feet.

The bird flew off towards Pelaw and Bill Quay but could be anywhere in the area.

The RSPB has been informed and people are asked to keep an eye out for the bird and report any sightings.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “It is thought the bird will be hungry after being missing for so long and there is a possibility that it could swoop at people carrying food.”

Anyone who sees the bird is asked to call 101, quoting reference number 329 240414.