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Cows Crash Through Cornish Weaver's Roof

A weaver had the shock of her life when two cows crashed through the roof of her home in Cornwall.

Sue Marshall was using her vacuum cleaner when she heard a crash and, on investigation, found an equally surprised cow standing in her workshop, having just missed the loom she had been using only a short while earlier.

After some careful manoeuvring, Mrs Marshall managed to get the animal out of her home but then a second cow plunged through the roof.

The animals had escaped from their field, situated above Mrs Marshall's converted barn, and walked down onto her house.

Mrs Marshall, from Lamorna, near Penzance, said: "I was hoovering at the time and heard an almighty crash.

"I assumed that a tree had come down. I was astonished to find that a cow had fallen through the roof of the workshop, narrowly missing my loom and leaving a huge hole in the roof.

"No sooner had I let the startled animal out than another one fell through another part of the roof! Both cows narrowly missed the loom, which was incredibly fortunate, and neither was injured. I was in absolute shock.

"The two cows were clearly distressed, the first careered out of the yard into an adjacent field, the second decided to hang around and made a bit of mess of the garden. I looked up at the fence and saw the rest of the herd looking on, a helpful neighbour came to our aid and made sure no more came through the fence.

"We had to make the workshop waterproof, but I wasn't able to continue working. It's been quite a stressful experience; the cows clearly thought that there was some good grazing on the other side of the fence.

"The boundary has been repaired now so hopefully we won't be getting any more uninvited guests."

Cornish Mutual , the insurer that is dealing with the claim said: "This very unusual case really does highlight the importance of keeping boundary fences in good condition."