Pensioner dies after wasp attack
A pensioner has died after being attacked by a swarm of wasps.
The woman, in her 70s, suffered a cardiac arrest after the incident in Galleywood, near Chelmsford, Essex, just after 1pm on Sunday. A man was also taken to hospital.
An ambulance spokeswoman said: "It appears that the cardiac arrest was caused by the attack. We took her to Broomfield Hospital by land ambulance with air ambulance medics escorting. The man, whose age is not available, was also taken to Broomfield Hospital by land ambulance, suffering minor wasp stings."
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We can confirm that at 1.15pm on Sunday we received a report that a man and woman had been stung by wasps and the woman had collapsed.
"She was taken to hospital but sadly died. The matter is now in the hands of the Essex Coroner and it is expected that an inquest will be held into the woman's death."
The woman was named locally as Janette Duncan. There was no answer at her home in Chaplin Close, Galleywood, on Wednesday afternoon.
The Essex coroner's office is yet to open an inquest into the death or confirm the woman's identity.
Villagers said the family were distraught and in shock. They have been asked to be left alone while they come to terms with their loss.
The wasp attack happened as the pair went for a drink in the Galleywood Social Club just yards from where the incident happened. It is understood a passer-by accidentally disturbed the hedge the wasps nest was in.
One woman said: "At first they seemed OK but then we suddenly realised she was getting worse and a neighbour called the ambulance. It's come as a bolt from the blue and we all feel for the family."