Warning signs vandalised at Debyshire farm where Highland cattle could be slaughtered

Vandalised signs at the farm. Pictures submitted by Eileen Langsley.
Vandalised signs at the farm. Pictures submitted by Eileen Langsley.

Vandals have damaged signs at a Derbyshire farm - after it emerged a herd of Highland cattle there face an uncertain future.

As previously reported, Stephanie and Alex Birch, of Gorse Bank Farm in Baslow, fear they may have to slaughter their 30 cows and calves after a member of the public made a complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Vandalised signs at the farm.

Vandalised signs at the farm.

Mrs Birch said the member of the public complained to the HSE after he went on to their moorland with his dog and was approached by one of their cows.

She added that all the HSE had told her and her husband was that 'the cow approached him (the complainant) and pinned him against a wall'.

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Now, warning signs have been vandalised at the farm, which has a public right of way.

Vandalised signs at the farm.

Vandalised signs at the farm.

Mrs Birch - who said she had not reported the crime to police as she did not think they would be able to do anything - said: "I'd appeal to the public to be more mindful and get behind local farmers."

She also thanked everyone for their supportive comments on the back of the last story.

Many people voiced outrage at the prospect of the cattle being destroyed.

A HSE spokesperson previously said: "HSE officials have not ordered the slaughter of cattle at this farm. Our investigation into this incident remains ongoing."

Vandalised signs at the farm.

Vandalised signs at the farm.

Mrs Birch said she had not received any further updates from the HSE about the case.