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Escaped abattoir cow is shot dead by police

A cow that escaped an abattoir in Carlisle has been shot dead by armed police.

A farmer and officers tried to capture the animal, which was discovered near the Honda and BMW garages in an industrial estate just off the M6 this morning.

The young, brown cow was last seen heading down Kingstown Road, towards Carlisle city centre

Police say they 'destroyed' the animal 'humanely' following in a housing estate close to where they found the cow, after concerns grew from the public and drivers.

Efforts were made to resolve the situation safely, however given the potential danger and the increased stress on the animal a decision was taken to conclude the incident as quickly and humanely as possible."

– Police spokesperson

It's thought it fled from West Scottish Lamb Limited, an abattoir near to where the heifer was found.

People took to Twitter to share support for the cow, which is being named "Daisy".

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