Many of us enjoy a countryside walk over Easter, especially if the weather is nice, however, not many of us know how to stay safe if cattle approach.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued advice on what to do if cattle approach you on one of your walks.

While it may not seem scary, some cattle can become volatile when people walk past them in the countryside, which can lead to tragedy.

A 61-year-old grandmother from Northumberland was killed on a family walk when they came across cattle.

To prevent these horrific accidents happening, HSE has given the following advice ahead of Easter walks on how to stay safe near cattle:

- Give livestock plenty of space. Their behaviour can be unpredictable, especially when they are with their young.

- Keep your dog under effective control to make sure it stays away from livestock. It is good practice wherever you are to keep your dog on a lead round livestock.

- Let your dog off the lead if you feel threatened by livestock. Releasing your dog will make it easier for you both to reach safety.

HSE inspector Wayne Owen said: “All large animals can be a risk to people. Even a gentle knock from a cow can result in people being crushed or falling. All cattle should be treated with respect.”

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