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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Investigation launched after trespasser enters field and chases cattle

Police have launched an investigation after a male reportedly entered a field and chased cattle in Dorchester in the UK yesterday (Wednesday, April 28th, 2021).

At approximately 7:30 pm, PCSO Donnison of Dorchester Police received a report of a “male running around a field containing bulls, cows, and their calves in a field near the village hall in Crossways”.

Man chases cattle 

A Dorchester Police spokesperson said: “It was reported that a male entered the field and chased the cattle. Another male was watching from the other side of the fence.”

The spokesperson condemned the behaviour and added: “This is an extremely dangerous act at any time, but especially when there are young calves with their parents.”

“The person was at great risk of being trampled by the cows, which could have resulted in serious or even fatal injuries.”

Furthermore, police confirmed that the field does not have public access and, therefore, the male was also trespassing.

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Appeal for information after man chases cattle

In an appeal to the public, police said: “If anyone has any information [about] who this person could you, please contact Dorset Police quoting Occurrence 55210066767.”

“PCSO Donnison would like to identify the males so that there is not a repeat of this. Next time they may not be so lucky.”

Police warned that irresponsible behaviour like this could “cause serious or fatal injury to the cattle if they were scared”.

“They could have ran through fences and got out onto the road with potential for injury to themselves or other road users,” the spokesperson concluded.

Male fined for tipping tarmac next to farmer’s field

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the UK, a court has ordered a male to pay almost £400 after CCTV footage captured him dumping tarmac next to a farmer’s field.

George Turton (64), a van driver, dumped the tarmac on Petwell Lane last summer.

In a hearing at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court, he admitted a charge of depositing controlled waste otherwise than in accordance with an environmental permit.

Turton said he was working for a construction company and believed that the land was council-owned and that he could dump tarmac in unfilled holes on council land.

He would then return and cover them with a base coat. Furthermore, he now accepts that he did not have this permission, and the land was privately owned. According to the council, he subsequently lost his job following the incident.

Magistrates fined Turton £80 by and was ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge as well as £130 legal costs and £150 investigation costs.

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