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The town of Garvagh near where the incident occurred. Google Maps

Elderly woman 'killed by cattle' on farm

The woman in her was killed while working on her farm.

A WOMAN HAS been killed by cattle on a farm in Derry.

The elderly woman (aged in her 70s) is thought to have been killed by cattle while working on her farm Garvagh in Derry, yesterday afternoon.

DUP MLA for East Derry Adrian McQuillan expressed sympathy with the family and said the news was “very shocking” for the Garvagh community.

“This news is very shocking to the entire close-knit community of Garvagh and the surrounding areas,” McQuillan said.

“The family were well-known in the farming community and I understand the woman in her 70′s was killed by cattle on the family farm, this evening.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this deeply distressing time.

The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) confirmed that it was investigating a serious incident that occurred on a farm in Garvagh.

A spokesperson said it was investigating a serious incident that occurred on a farm in Garvagh but that it was not in a position to comment any further.

“The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) can confirm it is investigating a fatality on a farm in the Garvagh area,” the spokesperson said.

Our deepest sympathy is with the bereaved family at this sad time.

Both the HSENI and McQuillan warned people about the dangers of working on farms following the incident.

“This evening’s incident serves as a reminder that there are many dangers that surround us on our farms,” said McQuillan

It is important that those working on farms take caution and follow all safety procedures.

The incident comes a month after a woman was left in a critical condition and her dog killed after being attacked by a cow in Fermanagh.

Read: Woman in critical condition after attack by cow which left pet dog dead

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