Escaped cow who ran over Tesco buyer hit by police car
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Police run over a cow after attacking a Tesco buyer and injuring a policeman who was taken to hospital.
Thames Valley Police face severe animal cruelty criticism after officers entered the cow.
The incident came after the animal escaped from a farm and interrupted traffic on the busy A329 in Wokingham on Thursday evening.
The westbound carriageway off the M4 at junction 10 was closed by police – before the fleeing cow rushed a mile and a half into the town of Woodley.
Reports suggest the ‘distressed’ animal accused a woman shopping at Tesco Express and knocked her over.
Resident Paul Breeds told Berkshire Live: ‘He ran towards me and I had to dodge the path. I missed bumping about 18 inches, but even from there you could feel the power of it.
“I imagine it would be like being hit by a car. Most of the police officers I saw were PCSOs and they did a great job warning people to stay away.
Commenting on Facebook, Vicki Gough said: ‘Absolutely shocking. Anyone who has this mindset and is able to kill a petrified animal in such a brutal way certainly shouldn’t be a policeman on duty.
Rhiannon Yanz Vaughan wrote: ‘Very poorly managed and did no favors to the Thames Valley Police. If the cow was too dangerous to be contained, I have no concerns that she might have needed to be HUMANALLY put to sleep.
“It wasn’t human. Call a vet, a local farmer, or even one of your own snipers to deal with it, you don’t hit him or let him suffer until someone can finish the job.
A force spokesperson said: ‘Police officers from Thames Valley were called yesterday (Thursday May 13) at around 7.40 p.m. following reports that a cow was at large on a road near the A329M at Wokingham, which posed a significant danger to motorists.
“ Officers attended the scene, closed the road and attempts were made for some time to contain the animal.
The cow then moved to a residential area in Woodley. Despite the efforts of the police and the farmer to whom the animal belonged, the cow could not be restrained safely.
“ The cow became increasingly distressed and accused a member of the public, causing him minor injuries, injuring a TVP officer and damaging vehicles.
‘Officers then used a police vehicle to stop the cow and prevent it from charging towards other members of the public.
‘After all other options, including tranquilization, were ruled out, the cow was humanely euthanized at the scene by a private company.
“This decision, while not taken lightly, was necessary to limit the animal’s suffering, to prevent further injury and to ensure the safety of the public. The injured Thames Valley police officer has since been released from hospital and is recovering at home.
“ We understand that distressing videos are circulating on social media regarding this incident, but we want to reassure people that these measures were necessary and were only taken because of the need to protect the public, and have been implemented in a certain way. to minimize the suffering of the animal ”.
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