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Fair visitors tell of horse rampage

A woman has been killed and several others were injured when a spooked horse ran amok at a country show.

Terrified visitors ran for their lives as the runaway horse and cart tore through Nowton Park Country Fair, near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday afternoon.

Among the injured was Cindy Taylor, 65, who was knocked to the ground when her mobility scooter was crushed by the horse.

She told the East Anglian Daily Times: "It was horrendous. Just terrible. I was terrified when I saw this horse coming towards me. Something had certainly spooked him."

An investigation is under way into how the accident happened.

The horse, which had been giving carriage rides to visitors earlier in the day, is believed to have broken free from where it was tethered, running over several people.

The woman who died was later identified as Carole Bullett, 57, from Bury St Edmunds. She was pronounced dead after being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with critical injuries.

Seven other people suffered back and abdominal injuries in the incident, which happened at about 4.30pm.

Witnesses said visitors screamed and fled as Lucas, a Breton rescue horse, charged through the park.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which staged the event, said it would work with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out a full investigation.

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