Police officer injured as escaped cows cause mayhem in Bristol suburb

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A police officer was injured when a herd of cows escaped from an overturned tractor and trailor near the M4 on Friday and made their way to a Bristol neighbourhood.

The cows were filmed running loose through Bradley Stoke, trampling gardens and damaging a number of cars as they came up to houses in a cul-de-sac.

The officer was injured when a "distressed" cow ran into him as he tried to round them up. According to the Bristol Post, he was taken to hospital with bruising.

Avon and Somerset police spokesman Craig Evry said: "He escaped more serious injury because he had his body armour on."

Sadly, another cow was shot dead for public safety with the permission of the farmer after it became agitated.

Mr Evry said: "One of the cows was shot by a firearms officer at the request of the farmer, because it was in a distressed state."

Shocked residents in Bradley Stoke came home to find their gardens trampled.

According to the Daily Express, Keith Brett, 59, an IT consultant, said: "I couldn't believe it. They came right up to our door. Luckily they didn't panic, or they could have done a lot more damage."

His wife Leena added: "It's just unbelievable. We came back from our walk to a total commotion.

"The cows and bulls had walked all the way through our close. There was cow mess everywhere and they had trampled on two cars."

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