A FORMER councillor from Callington, Cornwall, described as “one of nature’s gentlemen” has died in hospital after being trampled by cows.
Peter Jakeman, aged 62, of Liskeard Road, was walking through a field in Ashbourne, at about 9am on Wednesday when the incident happened.
A crew from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was called to help and he was treated for blood loss and chest injuries.
A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Police said: “Emergency services were called to reports of an injured man in a field off the A52 Leek Road in Upper Mayfield at around 9.05am on Wednesday May 14.
“It was reported the man had been injured by stampeding cows within the field.
“He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire but sadly died in hospital later that morning.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and inquiries are being over seen by the Health and Safety Executive.”
Mr Jakeman served on Callington Town Council from December 2004 to January 2006, and was also a chairman of the bench at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court.
Councillor Jeremy Gist, who knew Mr Jakeman well, 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.”
Mr Gist said he believed Mr Jakeman was a carpenter or a craftsman. “He was a talented man, if he did something you knew it would be done right,” Mr Gist said.
“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 heard and was very committed in the short time he was on the town council.”
Neighbour Faye Mowle-Haimes, who lives near Mr Jakeman’s home in Liskeard Road, said: “I am obviously shocked, it’s not a nice thing to hear.
“I know he used to walk a lot with his wife and he had dogs, cocker spaniels. I spoke to his wife more."