More than eight police cars were needed to help round up a herd of cows on the run around a Gloucestershire town.

The group of about a dozen cows were spotted in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, on Monday night (May 2), writes Lauren Beavis, SWNS.

Local Steve Burden was about to walk his dog when he saw blue flashing lights outside his house on Finch Road, and after peering out the window, spotted eight police cars.

He said: "One of the police cars reversed about 100 meters towards the underpass by the Tern pub, I said to a guy walking toward the police 'mate what’s going on?!

"I was thinking someone was being hunted, or a house had been burgled, but he shouted back 'some cows are on the loose'.

South West Farmer:

"I thought he was joking, so I grabbed the dog walked towards the underpass and the police cars were swarming, then all of a sudden about 12 or so cows appeared and went across the road towards the pub and the kebab shop.''

Steve, bewildered at the sight, said the cows got startled and fled, "hitting the police car as they left'.

He said: "The herd then ran down Heron Way towards the dual carriageway which could have been a disaster.

"They then split up and the police had to try and round them up".

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Another witness Tracey Anstey, said the herd of cows ran past her house in Chipping Sodbury, as she answered door to an Uber eats driver.

She said: "It's not every day you open your door and see about 50 odd cows run past your gate mooing lol.

"I did say to driver I didn't expect my burger to still be mooing just to relax him.

"They then got trapped in a fenced area at side of house for ages - bless them they were very scared."

The cows are reported to have come from Sodbury Common, around two miles away, but were eventually caught.

Avon and Somerset police said: "We received several phone calls from members of the public from 8.25pm last night reporting cows were loose in various parts of Chipping Sodbury.

"Officers attended and worked with the farmer to herd the cows to safe locations from where the animals could be collected.

"The police presence in the area was reduced once the cows had been secured at about 10.50pm. No further calls were received in relation to this incident after that time."