James Cleverly demands explanation after viral video of police ramming cow

Home Secretary James Cleverly has called for an urgent explanation after a police car was filmed deliberately driving into a cow twice.

A video of the incident circulated on social media this morning and shows an escaped cow falling to the ground and sliding several meters down the road after being hit by the vehicle.

While the animal is apparently trying to get back on its feet, the car approaches a second time.

The cow's head and part of its torso appear to be stuck under the front of the vehicle as two police officers exit. A second police car can be seen in an adjacent street.

Surrey Police said they would refer the incident to the Police Complaints Inspectorate.

In a statement, police said that after several hours of failed attempts to safely capture the cow, “the decision was made to stop her with a police car.”

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In a post on X, James Cleverly said: “I can't think of any sensible reason for this measure.

“I urgently requested a comprehensive explanation. This seems unnecessarily harsh to me.”

Surrey Police issued a statement on the case, saying they responded to reports of a runaway cow in Staines-upon-Thames at around 8.55pm on Friday.

There were “numerous calls from the public reporting a damaged car” and an animal running towards people.

“The officers … tried various options over several hours to safely capture the cow,” the police statement said.

“Unfortunately, these measures were unsuccessful and it was decided to end the incident with a police car.”

With the help of citizens, the cow was then taken to a nearby farm in the early morning hours.

The RSPCA released a statement about the “disturbing and worrying footage” and said it had “urgently contacted” police after learning of the incident.

“All animals should be treated with respect,” the charity added. “Together we can create a better world for all animals.”

TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham posted on X: “I don’t know where to start with this.

“But surely it is illegal and must be investigated and prosecuted. What kind of monster rams a calf? Twice?”

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The matter has been referred to the Police Professional Standards Department and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been notified.

Chief Inspector Sam Adcock said: “I know this has caused concern and I would like to thank the public for their condolences.

“The decision to use the police car was only made after other methods to stop the cow had failed.

“The actions that led to this are being investigated, but our focus is always on ensuring the safety of the public.”

Police have asked for videos of the “disturbing” incident to be sent to them to assist with their investigation.