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Outrage following 'disgraceful' shooting of escaped bullock

Catherine Thompson 14th Nov, 2017 Updated: 14th Nov, 2017

OUTRAGED Solihull residents have taken to social media to express their fury over an escaped bullock shot by police.

The owner attempted to catch the animal which stormed the grounds of Monkspath Junior School yesterday morning (November 13).

Children and staff were safe after the animal escaped capture and was tracked to nearby the M42 where it was shot by police.

The event caused users to flock to social media where some branded the move ‘disgusting’.

One user commented: “This angers me so much that the poor bull was shot! All it needed was time and patience to make the bull safe,  and going near the M42 could also be avoided. To tranquilize and move the bull would of been kinder.”

While another said: “Disgraceful. Why couldn’t they dart him? I guess it was quicker and cheaper to shoot him.

” The farmer needs to take responsibility along with who ever gave orders to shoot it. How did it manage to escape in the first place?”

Others agreed the bullock could have caused danger to drivers, especially as it neared the motorway.

Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman said: “We made every effort this morning to try and bring this to a happy conclusion but we had to put the public first and sadly the bullock had to be shot by a police marksman.

“Thanks to all the local residents for their understanding.”

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