Rampaging cows trample popular headteacher to death leaving pupils in tears

A rampaging herd of cows trampled a "popular" headteacher while he was out walking in a terrifying incident which has stunned locals.

Students broke down as they were told of the horrifying death of David Clark, who was killed in Richmond, North Yorkshire on Monday evening.

It is not known exactly how the incident occurred but crews from an air ambulance which was scrambled to try and save his life were unable to do anything.

Married dad David was walking with his dogs on the outskirts of the town, off Hurgill Road, when the incident happened.

Devastated staff and students at Richmond School and Sixth Form College were informed of the accident by headteacher Jenna Potter.

She said: "Dave was killed as a result of an accident as he walked his dogs in the countryside.

"Dave worked at Richmond School for 23 years and was the heart and soul of the school, taking such pride in his very important work.

Jenna said the school is still in shock over the loss. She added: "Dave was not only an admired colleague, he was also a much-loved friend and member of the local community and I know that many of you, as parents, will have very fond memories of being taught by him."

The headteacher said that the school would celebrate Dave's contribution to the school when it was appropriate.

She added: "For now our thoughts are with Dave's wife, children and wider family and on supporting our students."

One parent said her son had messaged to say pupils were very upset with many breaking down in tears. He added: "He was really popular, one of the good guys.

"It's just incredibly sad. He'd been there forever. Even when pupils had left, he remembered their names and would ask how they were doing."

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North Yorkshire Police confirmed they were called to a report that a man in his 50s had been injured by cows in a field north of Richmond, at around 7.30pm on Monday.

A spokesman said: "He was treated by paramedics, but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed, and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances."

Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics and the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter were called to the incident. A spokesperson for GNAA said: "We attended an incident in Hurgill Road, Richmond, on Monday.

"We were on scene at 6.55pm with a doctor and paramedic on board but we didn't airlift anyone from the scene."

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Clark worked at the school for more than 23 years. He was educated at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and was a keen cyclist, swimmer and rugby coach.

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