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Tributes to Cornwall magistrate Peter Jakeman, trampled to death by cows in Derbyshire

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

Former Cornwall magistrate Peter Jakeman died after being trampled by cows while walking in Derbyshire

Former Cornwall magistrate Peter Jakeman died after being trampled by cows while walking in Derbyshire

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Tributes were paid yesterday to a former magistrate who was trampled to death by cows while on holiday with his wife.

Peter Jakeman, 62, suffered blood loss and chest wounds as the rampaging animals knocked him to the floor and crushed him under their hooves.

He was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire following Wednesday morning's incident in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, but died shortly afterwards.

Experts say one person is killed by cattle every year in the UK, with nearly 500 hurt in attacks by animals from 2005 to 2013.

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Shocked friends have paid glowing tributes to married Mr Jakeman, a carpenter and former councillor in his home town of Callington, Cornwall.

He was also a former magistrate and chairman of the bench at Plymouth Magistrates' Court.

Councillor Jeremy Gist said: "He wasn't just a colleague, I regarded Peter and his wife as friends.

"He was a very active member of the community but not only that, he was a genuinely good man, what I would have called one of nature's gentlemen.

"He was a talented man, if he did something you knew it would be done right.

"There was no beating about the bush with Peter, if it was right it was right and if it wasn't he would have told you.

"That was the sort of character that made him a good councillor."

Councillor Rich Lumley said: "He had the interests of the town at heart and was very committed in the short time he was on the town council."

Mr Jakeman and wife Hilary, 56, are believed to have gone to Derbyshire on holiday with their dogs and new camping trailer.

Neighbours yesterday described him as a "lovely" man who had a passion for the outdoors.

Sylvia Palmer said: "He was a really lovely man. He loved the outdoors – him and Hilary would often go out on their bikes for long distances and days out, they were very active.

"I'm sure they were doing lots of walking and cycling while they were away as that's what they really enjoyed. I can't believe it – it's so tragic."

Terence Buckler said the couple had been due to return tomorrow and added: "They were the archetypal retired couple who loved to keep fit. Peter would spend hours in his front garden which they had recently done up."

The death is not being treated as suspicious and inquiries are being overseen by the Health and Safety Executive

The land where Mr Jakeman was attacked belongs to a tenanted farm on the Okeover Estate.

A statement from the estate said: "We are horrified by this terrible accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Peter Jakeman."

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