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Pensioner spends a week in hospital after being attacked by pigs in Devon village

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

By Mike Byrne

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The great attack pig scare has raised its snout in a village near Exeter after a lapse of some years.

Pensioner Mary Smith has spent more than a week in hospital after becoming injured when she was trampled by warring pigs.

Mrs Smith, 74, needed surgery on her knee and wrist after the incident at her home in Cofton Hill, Cofton, when she was caught between the fighting pigs.

Her daughter Julie Mitchell explained that Mrs Smith was looking after a friend’s pigs in her own garden when the pigs from a neighbouring property broke through a fence looking for food.

In April 2011 police were called in after a roaming pig attacked two people.

The sow with piglets has been on the loose at nearby Cockwood i. It bit the leg and arm of people in the area of the Cofton Country Holiday Park.

It was suggested that pigs resembling wild boar, perhaps Gloucester Black Spot, were behind the attacks.

One man was bitten on the arm and a woman was bitten on the leg by a pig, drawing blood.

At the time police said there had been reports of pigs getting into gardens.

Police suggested pigs escaping was a civil matter. A spokesman said: “While we appreciate concerns, there is nothing that can be done by police to solve what is a civil issue.”

British pigs have a reputation for their aggressive streak. In 2006, a 650-pound swine pinned a Welsh farmer to a tractor and bit him until the victim’s wife scared the attacker off with a water hose. The same year, a pig foraging in England’s New Forest—a hunting ground where farmers pasture their swine—caused a horse to throw its rider, then mauled the prone woman.

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  • BrixhamDes  |  December 04 2013, 4:52PM

    Shouldn't our Police Commissioner be dealing personally with this case, Tony Hogg?

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