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Experienced farmer killed in incident with cows named

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David Hardwick, of Cooper’s Hill, Gloucester, was found in a cowshed at Woodlands Farm in Churchdown

A farmer who seems to have been killed by his cows as he tended them has been named.

David Hardwick, of Cooper’s Hill, Gloucester, was found in a cowshed at Woodlands Farm in Brockworth Road, Churchdown, on April 25 this year, the opening of an inquest into his death heard.

Coroner’s officer Andy Wasley said 68-year-old Mr Hardwick was an experienced farmer.

He said the farm had cattle, some of whom were calving in a cowshed.

At this time of year, Mr Hardwick’s routine was to tend the cattle at about 5.30am and continue working on the farm before returning to his home at about noon.

But by about 1pm on that day, he had not returned home and he could not be raised on his phone.

Mr Wasley said this caused concern for his welfare and family members attended the farm and found him in the cowshed.

The emergency services were alerted and the ambulance service confirmed his death at 2.15pm.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Mr Wasley said the police believed that the injuries Mr Hardwick suffered were caused by the cows in the cowshed.

He said: “The provisional cause of death is multiple injuries, pending toxicology tests. We are expecting the results in three to five weeks.”

He added that a date for a full inquest had yet to be set.