Teacher killed by cattle

A TEACHER has died of multiple injuries after apparently being trampled to death by cattle on a farm.

Philip Whitling, 47, of Red Lodge, died following an incident at Leechmere Farm, off Mildenhall Road in Fordham, near Newmarket.

Details of the incident, which happened on Saturday, have been passed to the Health and Safety Executive.

An inquest into the death of Mr Whitling, who was an instructor at Cambridge Regional College, was opened yesterday by the deputy assistant coroner for north and East Cambridgeshire in Wisbech.

The teacher’s wife Sue said Mr Whitling regularly visited a friend at the farm and occasionally helped out.

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She told how she and her son Luke, 20, were away on holiday when the tragedy happened.

“We were on holiday in Greece at the time and we only found out when we came home.

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“It’s such a terrible shock. We still don’t know what happened, no-one does. It was milking time and he went to get the cows. The cows came back, he didn’t.”

A police spokesman said the death had been classified as an “industrial accident” and confirmed details had been passed to the Health and Safety Executive.

The spokesman said it appeared that Mr Whiting had been trampled by cattle.

Emergency services, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, were called to the farm at approximately 4.15pm but were unable to save Mr Whiting.

Alan Ward, head of the engineering academy at Cambridge Regional College, said: “We are deeply shocked to hear of Philip’s death and our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.

“Philip had worked at the college for two and a half years and was an instructor in the motor vehicle department.

“He was popular and hard-working and a great member of the team. He will be very much missed.”

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