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Farmer killed after bull attack

PUBLISHED: 15:14 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

INVESTIGATIONS are being carried out today after a Suffolk farmer was killed by a bull.

The 38-year-old was attacked and crushed by the animal on Thursday evening as he was about to milk the cows at Tompkins and Sons' Manor Farm, in Peasenhall, near Yoxford.

INVESTIGATIONS are being carried out today after a Suffolk farmer was killed by a bull.

The 38-year-old was attacked and crushed by the animal on Thursday evening as he was about to milk the cows at Tompkins and Sons' Manor Farm, in Peasenhall, near Yoxford.

His body was found by this twin brother who also works on the farm.

An ambulance was called to the scene in Dunwich Road at 5.30pm but the farmer was pronounced dead before he could be taken to hospital.

The ambulance service in turn called the police. The Health and Safety Executive were also informed and are now carrying out an investigation into the accident.

A police spokesman said this morning: "We only attended as back up for the Health and Safety Executive."

It is believed the man leaves a wife and three daughters.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service, which has its control room based on the outskirts of Norwich, confirmed that one of their rapid response vehicles based at Saxmundham was first on the scene nine minutes after receiving the call. An ambulance arrived 10 minutes later.

Today the farm, which is situated off a remote track just over two miles from Peasenhall, was bathed in sunshine on a chilly frosty morning.

Back in the village shopkeepers knew little of the tragedy but as word of mouth started to spread they were learning about the tragic events.

Ronald Paternoster, who was out shooting pheasants near the farm, said: "It's the first I've heard about it. They are a hardworking family. It's a tragedy … it's really hard to find words."

Mr Paternoster said Tompkins and Sons own two farms in the area and are a well know local family.

The distraught sister of the dead man said she was not prepared to release any details about the incident and wanted to keep it as a private matter.

The tragedy comes less than three years after an 86-year-old farmer was attacked and killed by a bull at Hall Farm, Fornham All Saints, near Bury St Edmunds.

On March 20, 1999, Brian Warren was knocked to the ground as he checked a field for new born lambs by a bull, he had hand reared when he bought it as a calf.

Emergency services were prevented from getting to Mr Warren for 30 minutes until the bull was put down by a local gamekeeper.

However, by the time doctors reached the farmer, her was dead.


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