Italian farm worker, 26, arrested after writer, 53, found dead in bull pen on tranquil Devon farm

Mail Online | 1/21/2020 | Izzy Ferris For The Daily Mail
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An Italian farm worker is being quizzed by police over the murder of a 'wonderful' animal-loving volunteer whose body was found in a bull pen.

Katherine Bevan, 53, a veterinary pharmacist and author, was found on January 3 at an Arabian horse farm in a Devon beauty spot once described by Prince Charles as his 'ideal English village'.

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Her death was initially believed to have been an accident and was reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

But after a post-mortem examination at the weekend, police launched a murder inquiry and arrested a 26-year-old man.

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Mrs Bevan began volunteering at Combe Farm in Gittisham five years ago, and recently released a book called Knowing Daisy: A True Story, which chronicles her relationship with calves Daisy and Dandelion, which were both rescued and taken to the farm.

Mrs Bevan wrote affectionately about her time on the farm, saying: 'The farm is part of a larger estate and is set in what must be the most beautiful location I have ever found. A long track leads you to a world of old charm.

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'Some 280 acres of rolling countryside surrounds the old farmhouse. Steep hills and valleys, with pockets of woodland and natural waterways are just some of the wonders to explore.'

It was initially feared Mrs Bevan had been crushed in a tragic accident while tending to Jumbo the bull in a stock pen.

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In her book, she described Jumbo as 'good natured' but with the potential to be 'deadly dangerous'.

Last night Mrs Bevan's estranged husband, Michael, said: 'She was marvellous – a wonderful person. She was so dedicated to everything she did and she was loved by everyone.'

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Mrs Bevan worked as a veterinary pharmacist for the Vale Veterinary Group as well as volunteering on the farm.

She previously had a job as a marketing manager for...
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