Escaped bullock on the streets of Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: The escaped bullock evades capture in Tennyson Gardens, Darlington The escaped bullock evades capture in Tennyson Gardens, Darlington

A BULLOCK fled from a cattle market onto the streets of Darlington today.

At about midday, police received reports of a bullock chasing people along Park Lane towards South Park. By the time the police caught up with the animal – believed to have escaped from a local cattle mart - it had been cornered in Tennyson Gardens.

Darlington and Stockton Times:
Farmers use to cows to entice the bullock into a waiting vehicle

As police warned residents to stay in their homes, staff believed to be from the Darlington Farmers’ Auction Mart worked to recapture the bullock, bringing two cows to the scene in an effort to entice the animal into a waiting vehicle.

Residents living in the quiet cul-de-sac spoke of the unexpected scenes.

Pensioner Eileen Chapman said: “I was sat watching telly and looked up to see a bull staring through my window. You don’t expect that sort of thing living here.

Darlington and Stockton Times:
Vehicles ready to take the bullock away block its escape 

"Then there was a policeman and a load of other men running around. Then two cows came and just stood around like they were waiting to be served. It was just like a comedy. They looked quite demure and did not start misbehaving or rampaging. It livened my day up.”

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Derek Brown said: “It is not the first time this has happened. It is what comes from having a cattle market in the centre of town. It needs modernising, it is too easy for the animals to break out.”

Inspector Chris Knox of Darlington Police said the incident had been contained within half an hour and no damage occurred as a result. In November 2011, a cow had to be shot dead by police after it rampaged through the streets of Darlington following its escape from the same cattle market.

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4:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

swissball says...

"Then two cows came and just stood around like they were waiting to be served" lol that's exactly what they were doing :)
"Then two cows came and just stood around like they were waiting to be served" lol that's exactly what they were doing :) swissball

5:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Ian James says...

There was 2 cows in a field, n one said to the other. What do you think of that mad cow disease? The other said, It does'nt affect me, coz am a fookin duck!! lol.
There was 2 cows in a field, n one said to the other. What do you think of that mad cow disease? The other said, It does'nt affect me, coz am a fookin duck!! lol. Ian James

9:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

PaulUbell says...

But what a beautiful county which you possess! It's very nice, very "classic" in the UK. I like it.

The news is very funny too.

I am pleased to greet you.
But what a beautiful county which you possess! It's very nice, very "classic" in the UK. I like it. The news is very funny too. I am pleased to greet you. PaulUbell

9:23pm Mon 25 Feb 13

tracy jones says...

Haha nanna u are comical trust you to be in the paper lol
Haha nanna u are comical trust you to be in the paper lol tracy jones

10:22am Tue 26 Feb 13

Jolly Roger says...

So how long before the mart moves to its new site or its it so stories like this can be repeated time and time again.

Come on move out of town sooner rather than later ............ before someone is killed.
So how long before the mart moves to its new site or its it so stories like this can be repeated time and time again. Come on move out of town sooner rather than later ............ before someone is killed. Jolly Roger

11:40am Tue 26 Feb 13

Jaga says...

Jolly Roger: I was told by two Liebour councillors that the cattle market would be gone in two years - that was in 1984. They didn't tell me which two years.

If the council really wants the market to move to its new site - simples. Strictly enforce parking/no waiting regulations, and book all the farm vehicles that often stack up along Clifton and Victoria Roads, including waiting in the zig-zags at the crossing by Harry's barber shop. In addition book every wagon that causes an obstruction outside the market. There are many of these. Tough luck on the wagon drivers, they are just doing their job, but farmers will get the message when drivers get fed up of getting tickets, an perhaps having to attend court for causing an obstruction.

I won't hold my breath.
Jolly Roger: I was told by two Liebour councillors that the cattle market would be gone in two years - that was in 1984. They didn't tell me which two years. If the council really wants the market to move to its new site - simples. Strictly enforce parking/no waiting regulations, and book all the farm vehicles that often stack up along Clifton and Victoria Roads, including waiting in the zig-zags at the crossing by Harry's barber shop. In addition book every wagon that causes an obstruction outside the market. There are many of these. Tough luck on the wagon drivers, they are just doing their job, but farmers will get the message when drivers get fed up of getting tickets, an perhaps having to attend court for causing an obstruction. I won't hold my breath. Jaga

4:52pm Tue 26 Feb 13

johnny_p says...

"Escaped bullock surprises woman watching television in Darlington

I have to admit- I'd be surprised if I saw a bullock watching television.
"Escaped bullock surprises woman watching television in Darlington I have to admit- I'd be surprised if I saw a bullock watching television. johnny_p

8:11pm Thu 28 Feb 13

kristal27 says...

jaga - How do you expect farmers to sell their stock?? farmers would welcome with open arms the opening of the new mart
at new farm just off the A68 past burtree -its the COUNCIL THAT HAVE BEEN MAKING THE INVESTORS JUMP THROUGH HOOPS AND HOLDING THE JOB UP - no farmer likes trailing into darlo with stock, waiting for ages to unload then trying to find somewhere to park. Farmers can't wait for the new place to open so I suggest you go lobby your local councillor and see why they are dragging their feet on this one
jaga - How do you expect farmers to sell their stock?? farmers would welcome with open arms the opening of the new mart at new farm just off the A68 past burtree -its the COUNCIL THAT HAVE BEEN MAKING THE INVESTORS JUMP THROUGH HOOPS AND HOLDING THE JOB UP - no farmer likes trailing into darlo with stock, waiting for ages to unload then trying to find somewhere to park. Farmers can't wait for the new place to open so I suggest you go lobby your local councillor and see why they are dragging their feet on this one kristal27

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