Tuesday 6 December 2016

Spanish town mourns goring death of young councillor

Published 16/08/2015 | 12:18

Seven people have been gored to death in Spain this year
Seven people have been gored to death in Spain this year

A Spanish town has declared three days of mourning after one of its councillors was gored to death by a bull while out celebrating the feast day of a neighbouring city.

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The town council of Traspinedo decreed the honour in memory of Jose Alberto Penas, 34, who was elected in May.

Mayor Jesus Bazan Puertas said villagers had been "hit hard because he was a very dear person and a very honest lad" who was gored near his femoral artery while celebrating nearby Penafiel's annual feast day.

Mr Penas was the fourth person gored to death in Spain during this year's August holiday and the seventh so far this year.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain, the most famous being at San Fermin in Pamplona.

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