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Cows herded to safety after escaping onto M25

A farmer came to the rescue after a herd of cows escaped onto the M25.

Patrick Deeley herding the cows back to safety on the M25, photo credit: Hudds Photos
Patrick Deeley herding the cows back to safety on the M25, photo credit: Hudds Photos
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Cows herded to safety after escaping onto M25

All traffic was held on the M25 at Godstone, Surrey, after 35 cows escaped through a damaged fence, with one group making it as far as Clacket Lane services, a mile away from where they had escaped at Flower Farm (May 31).

 

Patrick Deeley, owner of Flower Farm, was one of the first on the scene, and began trying to herd the cows back to the field.

 

Emily Davies, part of the team and a second responder to the incident, said: “We noticed the cows had all grouped in one part of the field under some trees, which they sometimes do, but Patrick Deeley, the farmer, noticed a hole in the fencing.

 

“Patrick followed them down the bank of the M25 and, at this point, there was four of us from the farm and two neighbours. We helped him to create a bottleneck, while he and passing motorists who had been stopped by the Police helped herd the cows off the road.”


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Taking to Instagram, Mr Deeley, owner of Flower Farm, can be spotted putting his cattle handling skills to use.

 

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Despite their efforts, Ms Davies said there was a report of more cows on the M25, this time at Junction 6.

 

“We tracked their movement and had to go through the whole process again. Thankfully no one or any cows were injured,” she said.

 

Mr Deeley added: “Thank you to everyone that helped, including members of the public who got out of their cars, one of them being a vet, who happened to be driving past and stepped in to help.”

 

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