Horrifying footage shows police ramming calf with squad car (2024)

Horrifying new footage shows police ramming a terrified runaway calf with their squad car, as furious neighbours berate officers for their 'heavy-handed response'.

Disturbing footage shows Surrey police ramming an escaped cow with a police truck in Staines-upon-Thames on Friday night.

Witnesses claim the cow was of 'no harm to anyone' and that they pleaded with the officer to leave the animal alone.

Mother-of-three Davinder Kaur filmed the incident from her house and has released further footage today.

The 49-year-old said: 'It was in front of my house. The cow is going through the road, through the footpath. It's a very small one.

'Someone called the police. He was very scared to come to the road. The police car hit it.

'After a few minutes he got up again. The police car hit him again. Then he was hit again. The police blocked it. It was hit around 11pm. Somebody told me it had escaped in Staines.

'When he hit it we were shocked, very shocked. It was very small, not a big cow. It was no harm to anyone.

The terrified calf can be seen trapped underneath the police vehicle as onlookers watch on

Home Secretary James Cleverly has branded the incident as 'unnecessary'

'He was very scared. Everyone was shouting 'why hit it, why hit'. He (the police officer) was telling us to go back. I don't know where the mind of the driver was.'

The scared animal is believed to have escaped from a nearby field and had been causing traffic delays as it ran along local streets.

Witnesses say the officers tried to calm the animal for a couple of hours but decided to ram the uncontrollable cow at around 11pm.

In the sickening footage the police officer appeared to line his truck up as the cow entered the middle of the road before ramming it at speed.

As it flails around in the road trying to stand the unnamed officer than proceeds to hit the animal again, trapping its head under the bumper.

Witnesses can be heard shouting 'what the f**k was that?' in reaction while a group of locals tried to help the injured cow.

Elisa Allen, VP of Programmes and Operations at PETA said: 'The young calf must have been completely terrified and confused as they were cruelly and forcefully mown down – by a police car no less – and pinned to the ground.

'There is no justification for this violence. The police are meant to protect, not harm.

'An investigation into the actions of the officers involved must urgently be undertaken and the calf safely rehomed at a sanctuary.

'Anyone upset by this footage can prevent other calves, who are mutilated, exploited, and ultimately killed in the meat and dairy industries, from suffering by going vegan, and PETA offers free resources at PETA.org.uk to help. '

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: 'This is upsetting and distressing footage. As soon as we were made aware, we urgently contacted the police to establish the background and to find out what happened to the calf. We are pleased to hear the calf survived and is receiving vet care.

'Surrey Police has referred themselves to their own professional standards department and to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. We support this as the action appears disproportionate to the situation. We are happy to assist in any investigations carried out.

'All animals should be treated with respect. Together, we can create a better world for all animals.'

The calf can be seen standing in the middle of the rad before the police car hits the animal

This is the distressing moment the police car makes contact with the calf

Reacting to the footage on Twitter, Home Secretary James Cleverly branded the incident as 'unnecessary'.

In a post he tweeted: 'I can think of no reasonable need for this action. I've asked for a full, urgent explanation for this. It appears to be unnecessarily heavy handed.'

Police said with support from a member of the public, the cow was moved to a nearby farm.

The owner has been located and the cow's injuries have been assessed by a vet.

Chief Inspector Sam Adco*ck said: 'I know that this has caused distress and I'd like to thank the community for their concern. The decision to use the police car is one that was only taken after other methods to stop the cow had failed. There will be an investigation into the actions that led to this, but our focus at all times is on ensuring the safety of the public.

'I know there are videos circulating of this incident, which the public may find distressing. I would ask that these videos are sent directly to us to help with our investigation.'

Horrifying footage shows police ramming calf with squad car (2024)
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