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Cow searching for calf killed by police car on its way to an emergency

A mother cow has been hit by a car and killed as it wandered the road looking for its calf that had died when it was also run over.

The calf, grazing on a common in Minnichinhampton, was killed by a police car on its way to an emergency.

Tragically, less than 12 hours later its mother was killed by another car as she searched for her lost calf.

Cows have been allowed to graze on Minnichinhampton Common for hundreds of years Credit: ITV West Country

The police say the officer will not be suspended from driving duties after the accident.

Cattle have been allowed to graze Minchinhampton Common for hundreds of years, and are released each May.

Drivers are warned to slow down, but last year eight of the cattle were killed by vehicles.

The number of cows killed by vehicles last year.
Drivers are warned to slow down for the cows Credit: ITV West Country

The owner of the cow and the calf which died says that she hopes people will now take heed and slow down.

Last night we got a call to say one of our calves had been knocked down. We got out there and it had been killed instantly.

Then this morning, we got another phone call to say its mother had been knocked down, in a different part of the common.

It's devastating. We know all our cattle by name. You know, they all have meaning to us. So, to lose one is shocking.

– Joyce Jones, Cattle Owner


Police concerned for missing Gloucestershire man

Police are concerned for the welfare of a Gloucestershire man who has been reported missing by his family over the weekend. They say Edward Whyatt, 29, from South Cerney is currently experiencing a number of personal problems and his disappearance is out of character.

Edward Whyatt, missing man Credit: Family photo

He spoke to a family member while he was at Asda on the Orbital retail park in Swindon at 11am on Saturday but hasn't been seen or heard from since. Edward rides a black Honda CBR 125 RC motorbike. He is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build, with short fair hair and clean shaven . He usually wears blue or grey jeans, a black leather bikers' jacket and black leather trousers. His motorcycle helmet is black. Edward's family are based in Fairford but information suggests he could also be in Cirencester or Swindon.

– Gloucestershire Police
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