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A338 Spur Road reopened after cow on the loose causes traffic chaos

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A cow on the loose caused delays on Bournemouth's A338 Spur Road.

  • The northbound carriageway was closed between Blackwater and Ashley Heath, while police escorted traffic between Ashley Heath and Blackwater at a slow speed.
  • Other routes were extremely busy including the A35 Christchurch Road and the A31 at Ferndown.
  • The cow has been caught and is now in a field.

  • Comments


    (deleted) 12:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Mad cow on the loose!!!

    Score: -2
    LordLilliput 12:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    bobthedestroyer wrote…


    Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.

    My thoughts exactly. Inconsiderate cow.

    Score: 4
    funkyferret 11:52am Tue 12 Aug 14

    It needs to be 'Moooooooved' on quickly ...

    Score: -2
    dobby1 12:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    LordLilliput wrote…


    bobthedestroyer wrote…

    Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.
    My thoughts exactly. Inconsiderate cow.

    Ok, no need to milk it.

    Score: 4
    LordLilliput 12:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Road closed.. Police helicopter deployed.. A cow jumping between carriageways.. I've enabled Automatic Updates and am eagerly awaiting the next development in this exciting saga :-)

    Score: 6
    bobthedestroyer 12:13pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.

    Score: 5
    BIGTONE 12:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    They should have used an udder route.

    Score: 7
    mark.s 1:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    The council obviously need to beef up the fencing near the road.

    Score: 0
    Letcommonsenseprevail 12:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Apparently traffic is moo-ving well in the udder direction.....

    Score: 4
    Jim_Springbourne 12:44pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Wonder if the #a338cow is an 'Uddersfield fan still smarting at Saturday's thrashing by the Cherries

    Score: 2
    Abkhazsoyuz 12:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    The police have to make a thorough search, especially after the tragedy a few months ago when horses were loose on the A31, when they thought the road was clear , opened it, and a motorcyclist was killed. Albeit now a daylight hours incident, a cow is a large enough animal to do some serious damage.

    Score: 14
    Huey 1:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    shoot it

    Score: -3
    new2it 1:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    FerryFan wrote…


    Mad cow on the loose!!!

    Is this the same one who glassed somebody in Bournemouth?

    Score: 7
    Branksome snail 1:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    At this moment almost three hours into this drama. Just catch the thing. Seriously, even cows are able to give police the runaround!!
    And yes i know about the horse incident, but I'm not saying let the traffic go, just catch the animal!!

    Score: -4
    bobthedestroyer 1:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Farmer is probably stressed to the eyeballs. I wonder if this cow decided to take a different route even being led across the spur road?

    Score: 0
    Understated 1:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    what they should have done is let the public try to catch it, whoever catches it gets to eat it. that would be a problem solved!

    Score: -1
    Franks Tank 2:03pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    They don't even pay "Road Fund Licence" you know.
    Is it wearing a helmet?

    Score: 2
    jimbob32 2:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    But are they sure they actually have captured the cow? or did have they just decided to open the road, like they did a few months ago, and then killed someone. Looks like they actually bothered to wait for the helicopeter to arrive this time as well. Maybe they have learnt their lesson - animals are unpredicatble.

    Score: -4
    scrumpyjack 2:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    It's ok looks like traffic is mooving again.

    Thank god there was only one cow.

    The people in the photo are clearly not amoosed it took them so long.

    Score: 0
    bobthedestroyer 3:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

    Not a good day for the A338, or the person in the car

    Score: 0

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