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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Hirst 'sorry' for rotting remains
Damien Hirst
"There was a big lump of something that looked like a cow"
Damien Hirst is to apologise after rotting animal remains were left outside his studio in Chalford over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The parts - thought to be from a cow - were supposed to have been picked up on Friday 28 May but were not removed until Tuesday 1 June.

A spokeswoman for the artist said: "He will be apologising. It shouldn't have happened but it's now been dealt with." She blamed a "mix-up in communications" for the late removal of the remains.

'Absolutely vile'

Trading Standards officers from Gloucestershire County Council were called in to investigate after people living close to the artist's studios on the Chalford Industrial Estate reported a bad smell.

"On Sunday the stench was so bad we couldn't open any of the windows and I decided I had to do something about it," said Charles Eagles.

"As I walked towards the box the smell just got stronger and there were loads of flies.

"When I opened up the lid it was revolting - it was like something out of a horror film. There was a big lump of something that looked like a cow. It was absolutely vile."

A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "Trading standards officers removed the remains and took them to approved premises for incineration on Tuesday.

"Investigations are ongoing to see if any breach of regulations was made."

Damien Hirst, a Turner Prize winner is widely known for displaying dead animals in tanks of formaldehyde.



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