Herd of cows trample man and his dog to death in East Sussex field

Herd of cows trample man, 67, and his dog to death in East Sussex field

  • The body of a 67-year-old man and his pet were found on farmland on October 8
  • The causes of both deaths are yet to be officially confirmed by police
  • A coroner will hold an inquest to investigate the circumstances of their death

A man and his dog have been trampled to death in a field by a herd of cows, it is believed.

The body of a 67-year-old man and his pet were found on farmland on October 8 in the Forest Row area of East Sussex.

The cause of both deaths is yet to be officially confirmed, but it is thought they were trampled by a herd, and police are not treating them as suspicious.

The body of a 67-year-old man and his pet were found on farmland in Forest Row on October 8. The picture shows farmland in the Forest Row area

The cause of both deaths is yet to be officially confirmed, but it is thought they were trampled by a herd. Stock picture of a cow

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: ‘The bodies of a man and a dog were found in a field on farmland in Priory Road, Forest Row, at 1.45pm on Monday, October 8.

‘The deaths of the 67-year-old and his dog are not being treated as suspicious.

‘The circumstances are being investigated and the coroner’s officer is dealing with the deaths.’


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The deaths come two months after 64-year-old Stephen Sandy was trampled to death by his cattle just 15 minutes drive away in Groombridge.

Government statistics show that nearly 80 people have died in accidents involving cattle since 2000 – about four a year.

The majority of victims are farm workers but a quarter are unsuspecting members of the public out walking on footpaths.

The number of attacks by cattle, which can cause injuries as serious as punctured lungs and broken bones, is also significantly unreported because of the lack of awareness around the need to highlight the dangers of being around large livestock.

 

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