Rampaging cow charged at police
Published 25/11/2010 | 17:30
Police had to catch an unusual suspect on the run after a cow broke out of its field, charging through fences of three back gardens before it was finally cornered.
Nottinghamshire Police said it was "extremely lucky" nobody was injured after the cow escaped from a field in Bassingfield, Notts, on Wednesday and went on an hour-long rampage.
A spokesman said the animal broke through an electric fence at about 12.30pm and got on to the A52, heading towards West Bridgford, police said.
Officers tried to corner the cow but it charged at them, causing one to "take evasive action" to avoid injury.
It then smashed through fences behind three properties in Eltham Road, where it was finally cornered and calmed down by police and put into a trailer by the farmer at about 1.35pm.
PC Wendy Brown, one of the officers who caught the cow, said: "The animal was extremely agitated and we were considering whether we would need a vet to come out and sedate it.
"Thankfully we managed to calm it down enough to get it into a trailer.
"This was definitely one of the strangest incidents I've had to deal with and given the route the cow took, it was extremely lucky that nobody was injured."
The lucky escape comes after Roger Freeman, 63, was killed when he and his wife were attacked by a bull as they walked along a public footpath through a livestock field in Stanford-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, earlier this month.