Bull jumps out of ring into stands

Forty people were injured when a bull leaps over the barriers of a bull fighting arena and tramples up to 40 spectators in northern Spain. Video footage showed the bull landing in the stands among hundreds of spectators after jumping high enough to clear both the 1.5 metre barriers around the ring and a narrow alley where the bullfighters and officials stand. The incident happened during an event in which people try to provoke the bull to charge them.

Some spectators tried to keep the bull still by holding it by its tail, while others hurled capes and missiles, causing it to charge. The bull was eventually cornered and a rope tied around its neck. The bull had already jumped twice into the alley surrounding the ring, police said. After damaging a horn, it was about to be returned to the corral when it escaped. The accident comes amid an intense debate in Spain about bullfighting, which was banned by the north-eastern region of Catalonia last month.

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