‘ASBO swan’ knocks on neighbours’ doors for hours and bangs on their letterboxes

A pesky swan has caused a nuisance for a group of residents living by a lake as it repeatedly knocked on their front doors with its beak for hours.

The cheeky bird, known as Cedric the ASBO swan, went around a row of houses opposite a dug-out lake in Selston Walk, Northampton and poked his beak through their doors.

Hilarious video taken by a local shows Cedric targeting a house with a red door and poked around the side window before rattling the letterbox lid.

He stands by the front door and raps the metal and carries on and on as if a postman is dropping letters through non-stop.

Retired nurse Wendy Howard, 63, who filmed the comical moment after seeing Cedric on her daily walk, said: "The swan has been been doing it almost every day recently and I still think it is pretty funny to see when walking past.

"But I'm glad it isn’t my house because it is very noisy, it would depend on how early it started.

"It happened about the same time last year and I think they could be hungry in nesting season.

"At first I couldn’t believe what was happening but I’ve got used to it now."

The rogue bird has been targeting the properties for the past five years but nobody knows why he keeps poking his beak through their doors.

Locals have been left in a flap by Cedric's bizarre behaviour which sees him banging the door – sometimes for up to three hours.

Grandfather-of-four Stephen Legg, 70, who lives on Selston Walk, has tried and failed to deter the antisocial visitor on numerous occasions.

Stephen, who works as a county councillor, explained: "At the side of our houses there's a small lake which was dug out 20 years ago for drainage.

“The swan has been there for seven or eight years with its mate.

“Around this time of year five years ago the male swan started messing around my front door.

“It rattles the letterbox with its beak and stands in front of the glass."

He was told by the RSPCA that the swan might have been trying to scrape the insects off the glass.

Stephen was certain that Cedric did not do it for food.

“Everyone who walks past the lake seems to give the swans something to eat. They must be the best-fed birds in England. The last thing it could be is hungry," he added.

“It is impossible to work out what it’s up to and it does it to other houses. But it certainly gives the postman and paper boy something to think about."

He tried various methods to repel the swan including a device to play ultrasonic noise that can shoo the bird away.

Stephen explained: "It actually seemed to quite like it. He just nestled up to it, so it did no good at all and even might’ve encouraged him.

“I did try covering the whole door but I didn’t get any post for a whole month.

“If it keeps on through the whole summer I will have to cover the door again and leave my conservatory window open for the postman."

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