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Policeman tackled 'enraged' bull

Derek Turnbull
Pc Derek Turnbull tackled the animal which was "enraged and out of control"

A policeman has been honoured for his bravery after he saved a pensioner from being attacked by a runaway bull.

Derek Turnbull, 46, shouted at the 38-month-old Highland bull with full horns and ran into its path in Galashiels in November 2006.

He then lifted the pensioner to safety behind a hedge.

Pc Turnbull, a former Scotland rugby player, received a chief constable's commendation at the Lothian and Borders Police award ceremony.

The policeman, capped five times for his country in the 1990s, was first on the scene when the bull escaped from an abattoir in Galashiels.

Constable Turnbull acted with complete disregard for his own safety and this was an act entirely driven with the intention of protecting another's life
Lothian and Borders Police statement
The animal had been described by staff at the slaughterhouse as "enraged and out of control".

Police chased the bull and during the pursuit it struck their van with its horns.

It was eventually corralled into a garden.

A pensioner who was watching the action unfold outside his home was then targeted by the beast.

It jumped a small hedge and charged at the man.

PC Turnbull said: "I caught up with the bull just as it entered a housing estate - I grew up on a farm so I was quite comfortable facing the animal.

"An elderly gentleman then appeared trying to help us shoo it to a local golf course but, unfortunately, as soon as it saw him it took off after him."

'So proud'

It was then that Pc Turnbull intervened.

"It jumped the hedge and cornered him but luckily I got there in time and helped the man escape," he said.

"It was quite an eventful day, but I felt quite safe facing it up."

A fellow officer then helped Pc Turnbull escape by cornering the bull with his police van.

The animal was caught in a nearby garden where it was contained and destroyed.

Pc Turnbull added: "I didn't really expect to be given any kind of official recognition as it's all in a day's work really, but I'm so proud to be given this award."

In the commendation, Lothian and Borders Police praised his actions.

"Constable Turnbull acted with complete disregard for his own safety and this was an act entirely driven with the intention of protecting another's life," the report said.




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