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‘He was a lovely man’ - tributes to farmer trampled to death by bull

Tributes have been paid to a dairy farmer who was found dead after being trampled by a bull.



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The incident happened at about 3.20pm on Monday afternoon (July 31) in a field south of Hutton Rudby, Hambleton.

 

Emergency services rushed to the scene but the man, named locally as Brian Swales, was pronounced dead.

 

North Yorkshire Police said he was believed to have been trampled by a bull.

 

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The tenant at the farm, Charles Flintoff, said Mr Swales was seen going into the field of cows before being found unresponsive minutes later.

 

Mr Swales, who runs a nearby dairy farm, was keeping some cattle at Doddle Hill.

 

Mr Flintoff told the Gazette: “Brian came to look at his cows.

 

“At this point in time they think he has had a heart attack.

 

“It happened in the field at the front. The cows were gathered around him.

 

“I was in another field and someone told me something had happened to Brian.

 

“We all got there as quick as we could but it was too late.”

 

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“He was a lovely man,” Mr Flintoff added.

 

Paramedics tried to resuscitate Mr Swales, who was in his 60s, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The incident comes only days after the end of Farm Safety Week (July 24-28).

 

Hambleton Inspector David Murray said: “Police are investigating this tragic incident but believe there are no suspicious circumstances.

 

“The man’s family is being supported by specially-trained officers at this incredibly difficult time.”

 

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures from the 2016/17 period showed agriculture top the death toll with 27 work-related deaths - the highest when considering the number of fatalities per 100,000 workers employed.

 

As of January this year, about 24 people in the industry have already died from fatal incidents.

 

North Yorkshire Police is set to prepare a file for the coroner.


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