'Ram raid' on Tockholes home as animal goes berserk

Lancashire Telegraph: CAPTURED: The ram CAPTURED: The ram

A RUNAWAY ram left a trail of destruction after going berserk in a house.

The animal, chased by a despairing farmer, charged straight through a patio door after seeing its own reflection.

And it continued to be spooked, butting an oven door and knocking over a widescreen television, before messing up rugs, carpets and tiles.

The ram, which was said to have been worked up because of the breeding season, thought its reflection was a competitor and attacked it.

While it escaped ‘without a scatch’, home owners Paula Smith and husband Ed came thousands of pounds worth of damge.

They thought they had been burgled until they were told to call the local farmer and now say they have seen the funny side.

The couple had gone out for a walk for some fresh air after cleaning their home ‘from top to bottom’ ready for guests from Australia.

But when they returned to Cherry Tree Farm, Tockholes Road, they were met with a scene of devastation.

Mrs Smith said: “We saw all the glass and all the mess and we were very scared.

“For about 15 minutes I was racking my brain wondering if I’d upset anyone for them to do this, while my husband was on the phone to the police reporting it.

“As he was doing that, my mobile rang and it was my uncle saying the farmer was trying to get in touch.”

Mrs Smith, who runs a livery yard in Tockholes, said the farmer, Frank Cleary, was very upset.

She said: “He said he’d had to have a full glass of Benedictine when he got home.

“But it made us laugh. It was an unfortunate one-off, and we’re just glad that there was nobody in because if it can come through toughed patio door glass, and through furniture, then it wouldn’t have stopped for a mere person.

“I can understand now why they call them battering rams.”

Mrs Smith said the guests were coming over for her daughter’s wedding.

She said: “It’s as if it were deliberate.

“The whole house stank because of the muck it left behind and I’ve had to throw out the rug in the living room.

“The carpets have to be replaced, because we can’t get the stains out, half of the range cooker we can’t use because the door’s wrecked and the hob doesn’t work.

"The patio door can’t be replaced for another month.

“We’ve had to board it up but because it’s been raining, it’s damp and that smells now too.

“It’s going to be a big job to sort out because the walls will need replastering because of the way the door was damaged.

“It’ll cost in the thousands, but the farmer’s insurers are sorting it out.”

Mr Cleary of Hollinshead Terrace, Tockholes, said: “The ram was with his mate in a field when he must have got spooked.

“He ran off down a ginnel and I went after with my stick and got him at the back of one of the houses.

“Then he saw his own reflection and, thinking it was another ram, started charging through the doors and into the kitchen.

“I followed him in where he also saw his reflection in the oven door and the television, but I eventually managed to get him out.

"The ram is OK. There wasn’t a scratch on him.

“It is coming into the breeding season, and they can get a bit more agitated at that time.”

Tim Price, of NFU Mutual, which is handling the insurance claim over the incident on August 29, said: “At this time of year, when sheep are coming into season, it is quite common for rams to see their reflection in something shiny, think it’s a competitor, then attack it.

“Cars are more often affected if they are parked by fields or in moorland.

"Rams will see their reflection in a mirror or a hub-cap and start fighting and owners will come back to a lot of dents.”

The sheep breeding season lasts between six and eight weeks from September.

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10:25am Wed 15 Sep 10

useyourhead says...

It could have been worse!
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could have been my house lol.
It could have been worse! - could have been my house lol. useyourhead

10:42am Wed 15 Sep 10

notchuffed says...

Till I saw it's picture I was going to say it probably felt "****" but seeing the smile on it's face and what it's done to the oven I'd say it was making sure Roast Lamb is off the menu.

Still I suppose they'll get the house back to "Mint" condition and the Tup can go back to being "Saucy" Here's hoping though it doesn't get the "Chop" and the houseowners don't get "Fleeced" by the insurance company.
Till I saw it's picture I was going to say it probably felt "****" but seeing the smile on it's face and what it's done to the oven I'd say it was making sure Roast Lamb is off the menu. Still I suppose they'll get the house back to "Mint" condition and the Tup can go back to being "Saucy" Here's hoping though it doesn't get the "Chop" and the houseowners don't get "Fleeced" by the insurance company. notchuffed

10:55am Wed 15 Sep 10

happycyclist says...

useyourhead wrote:
It could have been worse!
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could have been my house lol.
LOL!
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: It could have been worse! - could have been my house lol.[/p][/quote]LOL! happycyclist

11:55am Wed 15 Sep 10

RoverInRotterdam says...

The farmer did it , i'll bet he dropped the tele trying to nick it , the ram was only an accomplice , What a cover story !! LOL :-)
The farmer did it , i'll bet he dropped the tele trying to nick it , the ram was only an accomplice , What a cover story !! LOL :-) RoverInRotterdam

2:21pm Wed 15 Sep 10

your granny says...

and this is the story on the from page of the telegraph! what a load of cr@p. Maybe it's time to call it a day if this is what you call news.
and this is the story on the from page of the telegraph! what a load of cr@p. Maybe it's time to call it a day if this is what you call news. your granny

3:18pm Wed 15 Sep 10

happycyclist says...

Ewe couldn't make it up.
Ewe couldn't make it up. happycyclist

3:44pm Wed 15 Sep 10

brfCMATT says...

your granny wrote:
and this is the story on the from page of the telegraph! what a load of cr@p. Maybe it's time to call it a day if this is what you call news.
FUNNIEST front page story ever LT "your granny" has no sense of humour it's better than having some ugly chump who stabbed his so called best mate
[quote][p][bold]your granny[/bold] wrote: and this is the story on the from page of the telegraph! what a load of cr@p. Maybe it's time to call it a day if this is what you call news.[/p][/quote]FUNNIEST front page story ever LT "your granny" has no sense of humour it's better than having some ugly chump who stabbed his so called best mate brfCMATT

3:54pm Wed 15 Sep 10

notchuffed says...

your granny wrote:
and this is the story on the from page of the telegraph! what a load of cr@p. Maybe it's time to call it a day if this is what you call news.
Baaaa!!! come on Graaannnnyyy have you never heard of "Tongue in Cheek Reporting" It's a humorous report and something we all need in this day and age, especially with this weather.

Don't be a "Sheep" in wolf's clothing. grasp the article by the scrag end or best end cutlet (depending on your preference) stop being a Chump (chop), climb in the "saddle" and get a "Crown" then we'll salute you with a loud "noisette" plus some Mint Sauciness" of course.

The more I look at that beatific smile on the sheep's face the more I want to run for my wellingtons. LMAO :-)))))
[quote][p][bold]your granny[/bold] wrote: and this is the story on the from page of the telegraph! what a load of cr@p. Maybe it's time to call it a day if this is what you call news.[/p][/quote]Baaaa!!! come on Graaannnnyyy have you never heard of "Tongue in Cheek Reporting" It's a humorous report and something we all need in this day and age, especially with this weather. Don't be a "Sheep" in wolf's clothing. grasp the article by the scrag end or best end cutlet (depending on your preference) stop being a Chump (chop), climb in the "saddle" and get a "Crown" then we'll salute you with a loud "noisette" plus some Mint Sauciness" of course. The more I look at that beatific smile on the sheep's face the more I want to run for my wellingtons. LMAO :-))))) notchuffed

4:11pm Wed 15 Sep 10

happycyclist says...

Ram-bo!
Ram-bo! happycyclist

6:07pm Wed 15 Sep 10

ste.g says...

i wonder if he is as aggresive with his love making as he is with his courting?
please people dont say ask rooney.lol
i wonder if he is as aggresive with his love making as he is with his courting? please people dont say ask rooney.lol ste.g

8:06pm Wed 15 Sep 10

time.team says...

The similarity to our very own Blackburn above Darwen new labour leader is simply amazing!
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Perhaps he’s a close relative?
The similarity to our very own Blackburn above Darwen new labour leader is simply amazing! - Perhaps he’s a close relative? time.team

10:49pm Wed 15 Sep 10

burner says...

happycyclist wrote:
Ewe couldn't make it up.
Ewe should be baaaaaaaaad for that, happyc ! . . . . and, granny, if ewe didn't like it, ewe should have pressed the "delete" mutton !! ( two eggsclamation marks for ewe, specially x x )
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Ewe couldn't make it up.[/p][/quote]Ewe should be baaaaaaaaad for that, happyc ! . . . . and, granny, if ewe didn't like it, ewe should have pressed the "delete" mutton !! ( two eggsclamation marks for ewe, specially x x ) burner

1:21am Thu 16 Sep 10

Phyllis says...

You guys are TOO funny. Keep it up.
You guys are TOO funny. Keep it up. Phyllis

8:48am Thu 16 Sep 10

your granny says...

oh yeah laugh a minute, you guys should have your own TV show. Maybe your low brow mentality finds this an intersting story. An idiot story to please the idiots
oh yeah laugh a minute, you guys should have your own TV show. Maybe your low brow mentality finds this an intersting story. An idiot story to please the idiots your granny

9:36am Thu 16 Sep 10

burner says...

your granny wrote:
oh yeah laugh a minute, you guys should have your own TV show. Maybe your low brow mentality finds this an intersting story. An idiot story to please the idiots
" ooooooooooooooh", or should that be "ewe" ?
[quote][p][bold]your granny[/bold] wrote: oh yeah laugh a minute, you guys should have your own TV show. Maybe your low brow mentality finds this an intersting story. An idiot story to please the idiots[/p][/quote]" ooooooooooooooh", or should that be "ewe" ? burner

10:17am Thu 16 Sep 10

your granny says...

thanks burner, but can you keep your smutty sex talk to yourself!
thanks burner, but can you keep your smutty sex talk to yourself! your granny

7:40pm Tue 12 Oct 10

Arthur_Two-Stroke says...

I'd smash her back doors in.
I'd smash her back doors in. Arthur_Two-Stroke

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