Somerset farmer whose cows were spooked by helicopter wins compensation
A Somerset farmer whose cattle were spooked by low flying military helicopters has won £2,200 compensation from the Ministry of Defence.
The claim is among 824 settled in the past seven years by the MoD, which now totals more than £9 million.
The compensation went to an anonymous farmer in Wellington, for ‘injury to cattle and damage to fencing’ last May.
Huge twin-bladed Chinook helicopters have been blamed for the biggest claims in recent years and the NFU has been helping individuals to secure settlements for the disturbances.
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Two years ago an Oxfordshire chicken farmer was handed £44,000 compensation after he complained about a series of low-flying incidents and a Sussex farmer was paid £23,000 after terrified chickens were trampled to death while others were too traumatised to carry on laying eggs.