A jury has broken into fits of laughter after hearing how a cow spurned the advances of a man on trial for having sex with a sheep.

Paul Lovell, 61, was spotted by a couple allegedly trying to engage in intercourse with the sheep after and failing to seduce a cow near to the Tottenham Hotspur training ground in north London last September.

Jurors were told the IT worker was seen by a couple having a picnic 250 yards away who claim to have seen him "laying on the floor, taking his shorts off" near a line of trees before committing the sex crimes.

When cows would not fellate him the accused decided to "try his luck with some sheep", the court heard.

The judge later told off jury members for laughing at claims Mr Lovell was initially unsuccessful in his attempts at bovine conquest.

Prosecutors had already dropped a charge of indecent exposure due to a lack of evidence against Lovell, from Enfield, but prosecutor Robert Hutchinson changed the wording of a second charge of outraging public indecency to include "fellatio with a cow."

He is currently on bail on condition he does not return to where it is claimed he carried out the animal sex attacks.