Tributes to 
lecturer, 66, killed by cows

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Tributes have been paid to a retired university lecturer who died when he was trampled by cows.

Mike Porter, 66, was walking with his brother when tragedy struck at Turleigh, near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, on Monday.

Despite prompt medical attention, the father-of-two was declared dead at the scene.

His brother, who suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs in the incident, remains in a stable condition in Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, Wiltshire Police said.

Mr Porter’s family paid tribute to a “lovely and caring person”, who had lectured at Edinburgh University for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2011.

“Mike was killed on Monday in a freak accident when walking with his brother in Wiltshire,” his family, including wife Adrienne Sillar and sons Nick, 31, and Robbie, 28, said in a statement released by police.

“We are in shock and devastated by the loss of our lovely Mike.”

Mr Porter lived in the Newington area of Edinburgh.