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Investigation after Tyrone farmer dies in bull attack

The deceased has been named locally as Nigel Murray.

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A FARMER HAS died after being attacked by a bull in the Aughnacloy area of Co Tyrone.

The man, who has been named locally as Nigel Murray, suffered fatal injuries in the incident on Saturday, the PSNI said.

“Police attended and – after consultation with the vet and members of the family – shot the bull as it posed a risk,” a spokesperson for the force said.

“The office of the Police Ombudsman has been informed of the incident.”

Alliance Party Assembly candidate Stephen Donnelly tweeted: “Desperately sad news from Aughnacloy with the loss of Nigel Murray.

“Farming remains a dangerous business – thoughts are with his family.”

Extreme care

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland confirmed it was investigating the incident.

The executive reminded farmers to take extreme care when engaging with bulls.

It advised members of the public to:

  • work out an escape route or refuge before working with the animals
  • use well-designed facilities
  • regularly check and maintain facilities such as the crush, gates and fences
  • never turn their back on or trust a bull

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