Woman trampled to death by cattle at Linchmere Common, inquest hears

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Image caption Hilary Adair was 87 when she was attacked by cows

An 87-year-old girl was knocked to the bottom and killed by a herd of “berserk” cattle, an inquest has heard.

Hilary Adair was trampled on and repeatedly attacked as she tried to stand up by Belted Galloway cattle at Linchmere Common in West Sussex on 7 January.

She was flown to hospital however by no means regained consciousness and died per week later.

A conclusion of unintended death was recorded at the inquest in Crawley.

The deadly cattle assault got here only a day after a pair and their canines had been chased and injured by the identical animals.

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Image caption Hilary Adair was attacked by a herd of Belted Galloway cattle

But the inquest was advised that these liable for the animals weren’t instantly acutely aware of the seriousness of the assault, viewing it as an “isolated incident”.

Bryony Dillamore witnessed the assault on Mrs Adair and stated the cattle grew to become extra aggressive every time she moved.

Mrs Adair was airlifted to St George’s Hospital, London, however died from her accidents on 14 January.

Rachel Thompson advised the inquest how she and her husband Carl had been set upon by the identical herd the day earlier than Mrs Adair was attacked.

Mr Thompson, who was left bleeding from his accidents, stated the cattle had “gone berserk”.

The cattle had been moved to one other space of the widespread and plans had been made to verify on the scenario the next morning.

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Image caption The inquest into Mrs Adair’s death came about at Crawley Coroner’s Court

The subsequent day Mrs Adair and her canine had been attacked.

Senior coroner Penelope Schofield stated: “We won’t ever actually know what prompted both the assault on Mr and Mrs Thompson or on Mrs Adair.

“Mrs Adair was notably weak. She actually did not stand an opportunity towards a herd of agitated cows.”

She stated she hoped Mrs Adair’s death raises consciousness of the hazards of cattle if they’re antagonised.

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