Firefighters had to rescue a woman and her dogs who were stuck in mud - with a herd of cows closing in on them.

At 10am yesterday morning (Wednesday, November 3) the walker called the fire service for help.

She said that she and her dogs were trapped in mud up to her knees in a field off Chercombe Bridge, near Newton Abbot.

To make matters worse, she explained that around 20 cows had surrounded her and were just five feet from her.

A fire engine and crew were mobilised from Newton Abbot, together with the specialist rescue team from Exmouth and an environmental protection unit and support pump from North Tawton.

While they made their way to the field, fire control stayed on the phone with the walker to help keep her calm and to guide firefighters to her exact location.

Less than half an hour after making her distress call, the woman had been freed from the mud with the use of a salvage sheet and wading poles.