Norfolk bull which trampled farmer 'had attacked before'

A bull which trampled a farmer to death was known to be aggressive and had attacked before, a inquest has heard.

Thomas Brown, 63, was attacked by a bull as he walked across one of his fields at Oxborourgh Fen Farm in Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, on 31 October.

Farm worker Theresa Wilks said she had once jumped in a dry ditch to escape the animal.

Norfolk Coroner Jacqueline Lake, sitting at King's Lynn, concluded Mr Brown died accidentally.

She said people should take extra care around such animals.

Ms Wilks said the situation with the bull had become so bad that the farm had been trying to find someone to take the hand-reared animal away.

On the day of the attack, Mr Brown was in his van when it became stuck in mud, Ms Lake was told.

He phoned contractor Nathan Enefer, who was working nearby, to ask him to help pull it out.

The inquest heard Mr Enefer arrived but Mr Brown was not in the van.

He was found lying in the field, not breathing.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Brown had multiple injuries consistent with being trampled by a bull.

The bull was later "humanely destroyed", police said at the time.

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