An injured bullock had to be freed from an overturned trailer after the car towing it fell down an embankment on Monday lunchtime (December 6).

The 4x4 towing a trailer holding the animal left the road in Sourton and fell six feet down a steep bank.

It came to rest on its side.

The driver was able to escape the car but the bullock was trapped inside the trailer.

Fire crews from Okehampton and Hatherleigh attended, together with the special rescue team from Exmouth.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews made good and steady progress cutting away trees and undergrowth, stabilising the vehicle and formulating a plan for extrication.

"Crews needed further winching capabilities to help right the trailer and so a Heavy Rescue Vehicle from Middlemoor (Exeter) was mobilised to assist with this.

"In the meantime the owner had sourced a second horsebox, which meant once the bullock was released, injured, it was led to safety awaiting a recovery vehicle."

The operation began at 12.56pm and was finished just before 3pm.

Police were left at the scene to continue their road safety duties.