Nottingham

Widow still critical after Nottinghamshire bull attack

Investigator at the scene
Image caption Police believe the bull attacked as darkness fell

A 67-year-old woman whose husband died when the couple were attacked by a bull on a Nottinghamshire public footpath remains critically ill in hospital.

The couple, wearing walking gear, were near the Leicestershire border when it happened at about 1630 GMT on Friday.

The man, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

It is understood the woman, now in Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre, crawled through a hedge and flagged down a passing motorist.

It is unclear why the bull attacked the pair.

'Family distraught'

The couple, who have not yet been named, were both from Glen Parva, Leicester, and had two sons who both travelled to be at their mother's bedside on Saturday, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The man's elderly parents have also been informed about his death.

Police said the couple had been in a livestock field near the village of Stanford on Soar as darkness was falling when the bull attacked.

The animal was contained by the farmer and put down.

Detective Inspector Melanie Bowden said: "This was a truly tragic incident. The family are distraught and we are supporting them through this difficult time."

Police inquiries will now continue in a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place early next week.

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