A POPULAR school deputy headteacher has tragically died after being trampled by cows whilst out walking.

David Clark, deputy head of Richmond School, was walking in fields near the town's Hurgill Road when tragedy struck yesterday evening.

Emergency services, including the police and Great North Air Ambulance Service were called to the scene.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called to a report that a man in his 50s had been injured by cows in a field north of Richmond, at 7.30pm on Monday September 21, 2020.

The Northern Echo:

Mr Clark was walking in fields off Hurgill Road in Richmond when tragedy struck Picture: Google

"He was treated by paramedics, but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be working to support those affected by his death today.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed, and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances."

The Northern Echo:

David Clark was deputy head at Richmond School, North Yorkshire

A GNAAS spokesman said: "We arrived on the scene at 6.55pm yesterday evening, having flown from Teesside Airport with a doctor and paramedic onboard.

"We didn't airlift anyone out of the scene."

Pupils and staff at Richmond School have been informed of the tragedy and tributes have been posted on social media this morning.

One parent said that all four of his children had known Mr Clark over the years and spoke very highly of him.

Another said: "Very, very sad an amazing guy and teacher to so many.

"Thinking about your family Dave. RIP"

Other tributes read: "Such awful news...the school must be in shock!

"Our thoughts are with you all at school and his family."