A 67-year-old woman whose husband died after they were attacked by a bull in a Nottinghamshire field is “critical but stable” in hospital.
Roger Freeman, 63, and his wife, Lucy Glenis Freeman – known to family and friends as Glenis – were attacked by the animal as they walked along a public footpath through a livestock field in Stanford-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, on Friday.
Mr Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene, in Leake Road, and a post mortem carried out on Tuesday found he died of multiple injuries, a spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said.
His wife managed to get to the nearby road, where she flagged down a passing woman motorist who contacted emergency services.
She was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where she remains in a critical but stable condition, the force spokesman added.
The couple, from Glen Parva, Leicestershire, had been married for 42 years and were keen walkers who were “always careful around livestock”, a family statement released by police said.
They had visited Nottingham the evening before the incident to go to the theatre and were walking from a hotel in the city, where they stayed overnight, to Loughborough when the bull attacked. A statement released by their family paid tribute to the couple and added: “Roger and Glenis’ sons, Roger’s mother, father and brother, and the rest of the family are absolutely devastated.
“Roger and Glenis were on a public footpath at the time of the incident and were always careful around livestock.
“We welcome the Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident and hope for recommendations that prevent an incident like this occurring again.”
The family said the couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by completing an 84-mile walk of Hadrian’s Wall. It is not clear why the bull attacked the couple. After being contained in a shed just after the attack, the animal was put down. A joint investigation by Nottinghamshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive is under way into the circumstances surrounding the attack.