COWS KILL UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

EXCLUSIVE: MICHAEL PORTER SUFFERED CHEST INJURIES AS HE AND BROTHER JOHN — FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE — CROSSED FIELD IN WILTS

A UNIVERSITY professor was trampled to death by a rogue herd of cows while out walking his dog.

Michael Porter, 66, was crushed as he crossed a farmer’s field.

Brother John, 72, was left fighting for life with a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

It was the fourth time in just five years that cows had injured walkers in the field at Turleigh, Wilts.

John’s wife Mary, 77, witnessed the terrifying incident but escaped unharmed.

The trio were walking along a public footpath which is a popular cut-through for ramblers.

Michael, a recently retired senior lecturer at the Centre for Population Health Sciences at Edinburgh University, suffered chest injuries on his son Nick’s 31st birthday.

Nick and brother Robert, 28, were last night comforting mum Adrienne Sillar at their Edinburgh home.

A family friend said: “They are all devastated and we’re in complete shock. This is a terrible tragedy.”

Two air ambulances and a land vehicle attended Monday’s incident. Yesterday the killer cows had been moved to another nearby field.

A sign near the site of the horror attack warned walkers to keep dogs on leads and stay on the footpath.

Yesterday a Wiltshire cattle farmer warned dog-walkers not to approach cows at this time of year.

Minette Batters, from Downton, said: “Cows that are calving will always try to protect their young and dogs often cause a problem.”

Two previous cow incidents in the field occurred in 2011 and the other 2008.

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