Island traffic halted after fence vandals let cattle on to road

Island traffic halted after fence vandals let cattle on to road

Island traffic halted after fence vandals let cattle on to road

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THE main road on and off Canvey was closed for an hour after cattle escaped throughahole cut in a fence by vandals.

Police were called to close off Canvey Way at about 10.15pm on Tuesday night, after 23 cows and a bull were reported on the road.

Motorists were diverted via Canvey Road and Ferry Road, while officers tried to round up the livestock.

Farmer John Frost, 67, of Reeds Hill Farm, off Essex Way, said vandals had cut a hole in a fence, allowing the animals to escape.

He said: “Some kind people decided to deliberately cut a hole in my new fence.

It all happened very late. I was out at about 11.30pm trying to round them up.

I’m 67 years old and would rather be in my bed at that time.

“I’d like to thank the police, as they helped me out. They had to block the road, while, together, we guided the animals back.”

Mr Frost said the incident could have had serious consequences as it happened just before the street lights switched off at midnight.

He added: “All the lights go out in CanveyWay around that time.

“It could have been very dangerous for the animals, as well as motorists driving at the time, as you can’t see anything.”

The road remained shut until about 11.15pm as the cows were herded off the road.

Motorist Joe Ludlow, 19, was one of the drivers held up by the road closure.

He said: “Cars were flashing me before I got to where it was happening, to warn people driving down there something was happening. I wasn’t expecting to see cows running in herds down the road, though. There were a couple of cars on the side of the road as I got closer to it.

“I then joined the back of a small queue and could see a few cows standing at the front of the queue.

“The police were trying to move them. The cows would run away when the police got near them. They managed to herd them on to the roundabout so the cars could get past.”

Police were called to a similar incident in Northwick Road, Canvey last August, when a bull escaped from a field off Roscommon Way and Haven Road.

At the time, the owner said vandals had driven quad bikes on to his land and freed the bull.

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11:06am Fri 13 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Seems the 'animal freeing' psychopath is on the loose again.
Seems the 'animal freeing' psychopath is on the loose again. ThisYear
  • Score: -6

12:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

Haha you got ti have a laugh and joke about it though!
Haha you got ti have a laugh and joke about it though! born and raised criminal
  • Score: -10

1:14pm Fri 13 Jun 14

_Lotus_ says...

If the lights had gone out and drivers were unable to see the cattle until it was too late, somebody may have been killed and that goes without saying cattle stampeding along the road.

The more I read the news lately, the more I realize just how many imbeciles there are about. To call them idiots, is actually an insult to real idiots.

These cretins have surpassed most stupid acts I have ever heard of.
If the lights had gone out and drivers were unable to see the cattle until it was too late, somebody may have been killed and that goes without saying cattle stampeding along the road. The more I read the news lately, the more I realize just how many imbeciles there are about. To call them idiots, is actually an insult to real idiots. These cretins have surpassed most stupid acts I have ever heard of. _Lotus_
  • Score: 14

1:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Why were the cows out at that time of night, should have been in a barn asleep.
Why were the cows out at that time of night, should have been in a barn asleep. sesibollox
  • Score: -3

3:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Bloody Cows!
Bloody Cows! Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -3

1:31am Sun 15 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
Seems the 'animal freeing' psychopath is on the loose again.
Well you need to stay indoors Norris
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Seems the 'animal freeing' psychopath is on the loose again.[/p][/quote]Well you need to stay indoors Norris Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Sun 15 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

ThisYear wrote:
Seems the 'animal freeing' psychopath is on the loose again.
4 thumbs down (at this time) wonder if thats from those who scoffed at the idea that their was a manic about letting animals free onto the roads..

Yup, I guess it is those type of aholes who can never be wrong!
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Seems the 'animal freeing' psychopath is on the loose again.[/p][/quote]4 thumbs down (at this time) wonder if thats from those who scoffed at the idea that their was a manic about letting animals free onto the roads.. Yup, I guess it is those type of aholes who can never be wrong! ThisYear
  • Score: -1

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