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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 March, 2004, 13:51 GMT
Farmer dies after attack by bull
A farmer has died after being tossed in the air and kicked in the face and chest by a bull.

The 77-year-old was flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with serious head and chest injuries where he later died.

Paramedics from the County Air Ambulance landed in a field off Tilston Road in Shocklach, near Malpas, Cheshire, about 1100 GMT on Wednesday.

It is thought the incident happened as the farmer was moving the animal.

National Farmers' Union spokesman Carl Hudspith said: "Attacks from bulls on farm workers are very rare indeed.

"This is because farmers are well-trained in animal handling techniques and because they know the nature and personalities of their livestock extremely well.

"Members of the public are more likely to be attacked by bulls or cows than farmers are.

"There were three fatalities in this country last year resulting from farm animal attacks and only one of those fatalities was the result of an attack from a bull. "

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