Car hit boar after birthday celebration at Neeld Arms Inn, Grittleton

Wiltshire Times: A wild boar similar to the one found dead near the Allington Farm Shop A wild boar similar to the one found dead near the Allington Farm Shop

A wild boar spotted several times around Chippenham this month has been found dead where it was hit by a car.

An accidental collision with the boar on the A420 on Thursday night happened after David Beard, 50, had been celebrating his birthday at the Neeld Arms Inn, Grittleton.

He was being driven home to Chippenham when the boar ran out into the road.

The accident happened near the Allington Farm Shop at 10.45pm and was reported to police on Friday.

Mr Beard suffered a broken nose when the airbag activated.

He said: “There was nothing there at all and the next thing I knew it was just standing there, it was quite huge.”

He and the driver were unable to find the boar in the dark but went looking for it yesterday after the snow cleared and found it's body.

“Poor thing lying in a ditch, it’s very sad,” he said.

“It is about five feet long and two feet tall. It did an awful lot of damage to the car.

“It was a really good day and then that - what a way to end it.”

Earlier this month dog walker Paul Gardner, of Brook Street, Chippenham, said he came across a wild boar between Sheldon School and Chippenham Football Club.

He said: "It started charging towards me and I screamed like a girl.”

Mr Gardner's scare came after several sightings the week before.

Police received calls saying a wild boar was on the loose on the A420 and one was spotted near the Allington Farm Shop.

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5:13pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Yer Tis says...

"Six officers searched for the boar but could not find it." reported yesterday, so what does that tell us about the police efficiency.

Oh but as usual they wont want to comment!
"Six officers searched for the boar but could not find it." reported yesterday, so what does that tell us about the police efficiency. Oh but as usual they wont want to comment! Yer Tis
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7:21pm Thu 24 Jan 13

mydogsmells says...

Perhaps the snow hid it.
Perhaps the snow hid it. mydogsmells
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8:40pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Yer Tis wrote:
"Six officers searched for the boar but could not find it." reported yesterday, so what does that tell us about the police efficiency.

Oh but as usual they wont want to comment!
perhaps it tells us more of the boar's hiding skill.
[quote][p][bold]Yer Tis[/bold] wrote: "Six officers searched for the boar but could not find it." reported yesterday, so what does that tell us about the police efficiency. Oh but as usual they wont want to comment![/p][/quote]perhaps it tells us more of the boar's hiding skill. Mrs Donnyfly
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9:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Grumpy & Old says...

So was this the same boar that was hit by a car on the Friday morning (see the Wednesday story 7 below this one)?

There must be 2.....!
So was this the same boar that was hit by a car on the Friday morning (see the Wednesday story 7 below this one)? There must be 2.....! Grumpy & Old
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10:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Locksmith says...

"Wild boar on the loose" - the clue's in the word "wild", its supposed to be on the loose!
"Wild boar on the loose" - the clue's in the word "wild", its supposed to be on the loose! Locksmith
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9:48am Fri 25 Jan 13

greendoors says...

I know its pedantic but, please, reporters learn when to and when not to use an apostrophe in conjunction with "its". In the article the reporter is saying "found it is body"
I know its pedantic but, please, reporters learn when to and when not to use an apostrophe in conjunction with "its". In the article the reporter is saying "found it is body" greendoors
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11:22am Fri 25 Jan 13

beetawix says...

greendoors wrote:
I know its pedantic but, please, reporters learn when to and when not to use an apostrophe in conjunction with "its". In the article the reporter is saying "found it is body"
I know. What is more the readers are all struggling to understand what "found it is body" means.
[quote][p][bold]greendoors[/bold] wrote: I know its pedantic but, please, reporters learn when to and when not to use an apostrophe in conjunction with "its". In the article the reporter is saying "found it is body"[/p][/quote]I know. What is more the readers are all struggling to understand what "found it is body" means. beetawix
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11:27am Fri 25 Jan 13

beetawix says...

An accidental collision with the boar on the A420 on Thursday night happened after David Beard, 50, had been celebrating his birthday at the Neeld Arms Inn, Grittleton.
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David's birthday or the boar's birthday?
An accidental collision with the boar on the A420 on Thursday night happened after David Beard, 50, had been celebrating his birthday at the Neeld Arms Inn, Grittleton. . . David's birthday or the boar's birthday? beetawix
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1:21pm Fri 25 Jan 13

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

Roast in peace
Roast in peace The.Central.Scrutinizer
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5:57pm Fri 25 Jan 13

neiljenkins says...

Why are we assuming that the "several sightings" are of just the one animal? Is it not possible (or even likely) that there's more than one?
Why are we assuming that the "several sightings" are of just the one animal? Is it not possible (or even likely) that there's more than one? neiljenkins
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9:53pm Fri 25 Jan 13

escapedsouth20 says...

I'm surprised Allington shop didn't scoop it up and sell cuts for £25 / kilo.
I'm surprised Allington shop didn't scoop it up and sell cuts for £25 / kilo. escapedsouth20
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9:51am Sat 26 Jan 13

hitro says...

I am boar'd with all this - pass me a sausage sandwich!
I am boar'd with all this - pass me a sausage sandwich! hitro
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10:32am Sat 26 Jan 13

shed says...

someone is telling porkies here I reckon.
someone is telling porkies here I reckon. shed
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7:45pm Sat 26 Jan 13

greendoors says...

Guess what. I missed out the apostrohe in the third word of my Friday post. Oops!
Guess what. I missed out the apostrohe in the third word of my Friday post. Oops! greendoors
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1:35am Sun 27 Jan 13

beetawix says...

greendoors wrote:
Guess what. I missed out the apostrohe in the third word of my Friday post. Oops!
do you know, I never noticed.
You missed it did you. I expect the reporter missed it too and you told him/her to learn usage!

Guess what. You missed a p in the seventh word of your Saturday post.
[quote][p][bold]greendoors[/bold] wrote: Guess what. I missed out the apostrohe in the third word of my Friday post. Oops![/p][/quote]do you know, I never noticed. You missed it did you. I expect the reporter missed it too and you told him/her to learn usage! Guess what. You missed a p in the seventh word of your Saturday post. beetawix
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4:20pm Mon 28 Jan 13

chips-in-ham says...

beetawix wrote:
greendoors wrote:
Guess what. I missed out the apostrohe in the third word of my Friday post. Oops!
do you know, I never noticed.
You missed it did you. I expect the reporter missed it too and you told him/her to learn usage!

Guess what. You missed a p in the seventh word of your Saturday post.
Guess what? Not guess what.
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greendoors[/bold] wrote: Guess what. I missed out the apostrohe in the third word of my Friday post. Oops![/p][/quote]do you know, I never noticed. You missed it did you. I expect the reporter missed it too and you told him/her to learn usage! Guess what. You missed a p in the seventh word of your Saturday post.[/p][/quote]Guess what? Not guess what. chips-in-ham
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8:41am Thu 31 Jan 13

beetawix says...

chips-in-ham suggested
Guess what? Not guess what.

"Guess what" was not a question.
chips-in-ham suggested Guess what? Not guess what. "Guess what" was not a question. beetawix
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