Husband killed in Nottinghamshire bull attack named

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The couple were attacked while walking through a field

Police have named a man who died after being attacked by a bull while walking with his wife in Nottinghamshire.

Roger Freeman, 63, of Glen Parva in Leicestershire, was killed and his wife Glenis seriously injured on a public footpath at Stanford on Soar on Friday.

The "avid walkers" stayed in Nottingham the previous night and were following a route home when the animal attacked.

Mrs Freeman, 67, is in a critical but stable condition and is "improving", according to her family.

Police said the couple had been to the theatre in Nottingham on Thursday and the following day began the walk to Loughborough, where they planned to stay the night in a hotel before setting off for Glen Parva.

They were attacked by the bull as they walked through the livestock field at about 1630 GMT. The animal was later destroyed.

'Absolutely devastated'

In a statement, their family said: "Roger and Glenis' sons, Roger's mother, father and brother and the rest of the family are absolutely devastated.

"Roger and Glenis were on a public footpath at the time of the incident and were always careful around livestock.

"We welcome the Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident and hope for recommendations that prevent an incident like this occurring again."

The couple had been married for 42 years, said police.

The bull's owner, Paul Waterfall, of Underhill Farm, said the incident had left he and his family "deeply upset".

He kept 61 heifers and a bull in the field where the attack took place,

The Nottingham coroner, Dr Nigel Chapman, will open an inquest into Mr Freeman's death later this week.

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