Inquest opens into bull attack death

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The couple were avid walkers, said their family

An inquest has opened into the death of a man who was killed by a bull while walking in Nottinghamshire.

Roger Freeman, 63, of Glen Parva in Leicestershire, was attacked by the animal on a public footpath at Stanford on Soar on 12 November.

His wife Glenis, 67, was seriously injured and remains in hospital.

Nottingham coroner Dr Nigel Chapman opened and adjourned the inquest and gave permission for funeral arrangements to be made.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Freeman died of multiple injuries.

The "avid walkers" were attacked as they passed through the livestock field on their way to Loughborough, where they had planned to spend the night in a hotel.

Injured Mrs Freeman managed to escape and flag down a passing motorist who called the emergency services. The bull was destroyed.

The couple's family said they were "devastated" and have welcomed a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident.

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