Leeds & West Yorkshire

Woman and girl hurt as cow goes on rampage in Netherton

A woman and an 11-year old girl have been treated in hospital after being injured by a cow which escaped from a West Yorkshire farm.

The animal escaped from Hinchliffe's Farm in Netherton, Huddersfield, at about 15:30 BST on Thursday.

The woman suffered leg injuries but was not seriously hurt. The 11-year-old girl injured her hand while escaping.

Twelve farm workers worked alongside the emergency services to successfully catch the cow which was later put down.

'Very unusual'

Simon Hirst, from Hinchliffe's Farm, said it was "unbelievable" how the cow had escaped by jumping over a wall before heading towards a nearby housing estate.

"It was running between houses and it got onto a school playing field. We were warning neighbours and the kids at the school were kept in," said Mr Hirst.

"We're just very lucky it wasn't more serious. It's very, very unusual for cows to behave like this."

Lisa Oldham, from Netherton, whose 11-year-old daughter Annabel was injured during the rampage, said they had both been left "shocked" by the incident.

"When I turned around to see where Annabel was, she was lying on the floor and I could see the cow had turned around and was on its way back," she said.

"If she hadn't managed to get off the floor and into the car I dread to think what would have happened."

Mr Hirst said while it was sad to have to destroy the cow, it was "the best thing to do" as the animal could no longer be trusted.

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