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Cattle trample dogwalker to death

A 63-year-old woman has died after being trampled by cattle as she and a friend walked their dogs across a field in Cardiff.

The woman died at the scene close to the entrance of the National History Museum at St Fagans, Cardiff. Her friend was unhurt.

Police said the incident happened at around 1615 BST on Saturday and appeared to be a "tragic accident".

The woman, who has not been named, is thought to have lived locally.

The field in which the woman died is adjacent to the A4232, one of the major routes into the capital.

It is owned by the Earl of Plymouth's estate and rented out.

Chief Inspector Alun Morgan, who is based in Fairwater police station in Cardiff, said: "There are no suspicious circumstances and this appears to be a tragic accident.

"Our thoughts are with the lady's family, who have been informed."

In June, 49-year-old vet Liz Crowsley was trampled to death by a herd of cattle while walking the Pennine Way with her two dogs.

Two weeks earlier, former home secretary David Blunkett was left with a black eye and a cracked rib after being charged by a cow while on a walking holiday with his guide dog in the Peak District.

In both cases, the cows are thought to have been trying to drive off the dogs in order to protect calves.

Health and Safety Executive figures show that such attacks are rare. Excluding the two recent deaths, 18 people have been killed and 481 injured by cows in the past eight years.



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