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pounds 15,000 fine over escaped cow drama.

THE operators of a Warwickshire cattle market have been fined pounds 15,000 after an escaped cow trampled one of their workers, leaving him with brain damage.

Rugby Livestock Sales Ltd, which runs the weekly Monday market in Craven Road, Rugby, admitted it had failed to protect its staff and the public when the cow escaped in February last year.

It was also ordered to pay pounds 10,000 costs.

Company directors Stuart Long and John Hall are due to retire when the cash-strapped market closes in April.

Evidence was heard at Warwick Crown Court yesterday where the case had been referred for sentencing by Rugby magistrates.

The cow, which weighed more than half a tonne, bolted as drovers moved it between two pens after it was sold at auction.

The two-year-old French Limousin heifer ran down livestock worker Andrew Truelove, 43, knocking him unconscious and trampling on his chest before jumping over a broken perimeter wall.

Mr Truelove suffered brain damage, multiple skull fractures and serious chest injuries.
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Date:Feb 7, 2008
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