Police issue cow warning after man seriously injured

Police have issued a warning to stay away from cows after a man was seriously injured. Officers say a man in his 50s was left seriously injured after being trampled by cows.

Derbyshire Police were alerted to reports of a man being trampled by cows in Shirland, a small village 19 miles northwest of Nottingham, at about 7:40am on Friday. The man was taken to hospital with "significant, serious injuries," although they are not believed to be life-threatening at this stage.

Police have urged people to remain vigilant around livestock, particularly where animals are with their young. A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: "The Countryside Code advises that wild animals, livestock and horses should been given plenty of space. The behaviour of animals can be unpredictable, especially when they are with their young.

"And the Ramblers Association advises that if walking through a field with cattle or other farm animals, you should walk quickly and quietly. It is possible that animals may approach you but if you panic or run from them, they may also start running."

Walkers are advised not to approach any animals, feed them or touch them and are asked to leave any gates as they find the. Dog walkers are urged to keep their pets close and on a lead around other animals.

"If cattle run towards you, or you feel in any danger, let your dog off the lead," the police spokesperson added. "This will make it easier for you both to get to safety."

Last year cows were named as the deadliest animal in the UK. It was revealed that 30 people had been killed by cows in the four years leading up to 2023. Experts have called for new laws to protect the public from cows, claiming an increase in aggressive behaviour by cattle.