MoD pays £9m in 'low-flying' compensation
A farmer whose cattle were spooked by low-flying military helicopters has won £2,200 compensation.
The claim is among 824 settled in the past seven years by the Ministry of Defence, now totalling over £9 million.
The compensation went to an anonymous farmer in Wellington, Somerset, for "injury to cattle and damage to fencing" last May.
Huge twin-bladed Chinook helicopters have been blamed for the biggest claims in recent years and farmers' representtives have been helping individuals to secure settlements for the disturbances.
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South West National Farmers' Union spokesman Ian Johnson said: "The cows in this instance must have been badly spooked to want to go through barbed wire fencing. I suspect the farmer was still left out of pocket regardless of what they were awarded."
An MoD spokesman said: "Incidents of low-flying aircraft causing disturbance to farms or businesses are rare and we take any complaints seriously."