Oxford academic trampled to death by cows 'was trying to save dog'
A former Oxford don who made millions pioneering injection-free vaccines has been trampled to death while out for a morning stroll.
Brian Bellhouse was walking near the village of Guestling, East Sussex, when he was attacked by “agitated” cattle around 11am on Monday.
Another walker called emergency services after they heard him scream for help near an eleventh-century village church.
Air ambulance paramedics and police performed CPR on the professor, but could not save his life. He was declared dead at the scene later that morning, five miles from his home in Winchelsea.
It has been reported by the Daily Mail, that the 80 year old was trying to save his 12-year-old black Labrador, from being trampled as he feared his arthritis would prevent him from escaping.
Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious, and that they had passed it on to the coroner’s office.
This is the third cow attack in the UK resulting in serious injuries this month. One woman badly hurt her arm and shoulder after a cattle stampede in Littleborough, Greater Manchester and another woman was injured after being trampled on the Isle of Wight.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) information sheet recommends farmers should “wherever possible keep cattle in fields that do not have public access, especially when cattle are calving or have calves at foot”.