Dog walker trampled to death by stampede of cows in Derbyshire
NewsTuesday 20 May 2014
A former councillor was tragically trampled to death by a herd of stampeding cattle as he walked through a Derbyshire field on Wednesday 14th May 2014.
Peter Jakeman, 62, from Callington Cornwall, was walking through the Okeover Estate in Ashbourne, with his wife Hilary, when the incident occurred.
After the stampede took place Mr Jakeman was treated for blood loss and chest injuries before being airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
However, sadly, he could not be saved.
The Health and Safety Executive has now launched an investigation into the incident, however, the police have said that his death is not being treated as suspicious.
A spokesman for the estate spoke out in saying that they were ‘horrified’ by the ‘terrible accident’.
Staffordshire Police said that the emergency services were called to reports of an injured man in a field at around 9.05am on Wednesday 14th May.
Their spokesperson said: “It was reported the man had been injured by stampeding cows within the field.
“He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire but sadly died in hospital later that morning.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and inquiries are being overseen by the Health and Safety Executive.”
In the wake of the incident, ramblers and tourists are being offered more advice to ensure they are safe when out and about.
One person per year is killed, on average, by cattle in the UK and a nearly 500 have been hurt in attacks by animals from 2005 to 2013.
It is believed that most attacks usually take place due to there being dogs in the field or due to calves being around when walkers approach.
Speaking out after the incident, the British Mountaineering Council has said that dogs should be kept on a lead and, if cattle appear unsettled, walkers should then move away from the herd as ‘carefully and quietly as possible’.
A spokesperson went on to say that if people feel threatened they should let go of their dog’s lead - if they are holding one - and try not to make any noise or fast movements.
Mr Jakeman served on Callington Town Council from December 2004 to January 2006 and was also a chairman of the bench at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court.
Councillor Rich Lumley told the Daily Mail: “He had the interests of the town at heart and was very committed in the short time he was on the town council.”
Sylvia Palmer also spoke to the paper saying: “He was a really lovely man. He loved the outdoors - him and Hilary would often go out on their bikes for long distances and days out, they were very active.
“I'm sure they were doing lots of walking and cycling while they were away as that's what they really enjoyed. I can't believe it - it's so tragic.”
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