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MoD pays £9m in 'low-flying' compensation

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

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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.

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."

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