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Woman's leg broken by wild boar
Wild boar
People are warned not to approach the boar
A grandmother whose leg was broken by a runaway boar says the animal was 'going like the clappers' when it rammed her.

Jean Kirton, 72, was knocked over by the wild pig as she crossed the road in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, last Wednesday.

She was helped up by passers-by and taken to a local butcher's shop for a cup of tea before hobbling home.

It was not until the next day, when her daughter took her to hospital, that Mrs Kirton realised her leg had been broken in two places in the accident.

Woodland escape

Mrs Kirton, who is still in pain from her injuries, said: "I was walking across the zebra crossing when I was knocked off my feet.

"I knew something had hit me but I didn't see anything. I think I must have been knocked out because I can't remember anything until a lorry driver and a girl from the hairdressers were helping me up.

"I couldn't believe it when they told me I had been hit by a wild boar. I haven't been near one before. It must have been travelling like the clappers."

The boar was first seen running along Station Road and into Dockham Road where it wandered into the Co-op supermarket at about 0900 GMT.

When it spotted staff it ran out of the shop, heading into Bellevue Road and on to St Whites Road, before escaping to nearby woods.

A number of wild boar are believed to live in the Forest of Dean, but this animal is thought to have escaped from a nearby abbatoir.

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