Sandholes woman killed in bull attack

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A WOMAN killed in a farm accident in Co Tyrone last week died after a suspected bull attack.

The victim was Helen Mayne, a 64-year-old mother of three from the Sandholes area of Cookstown.

It is understood that the accident happened after livestock broke out on the family farm on the Gorticar Road shortly before 5pm.

Mrs Mayne, it is believed, had been attempting to round-up the loose animals, when she was struck by the bull.

Her husband Trevor is a well-known local dairy farmer in the area and member of the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

Her distraught family declined to comment on the tragedy except to confirm that a bull and cattle had been involved, and not machinery as had previously been reported.

An enquiry into the death is being led by the Health and Safety Executive.

President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union John Thompson expressed sadness at the death, and warned of the dangers surrounding farms.

“I am always saddened when I hear about a farm accident, especially when it has resulted in a death, and I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family.

“It is a sad reminder that farms are busy workplaces and can sometimes be dangerous.”

Mid Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea said he was shocked by the tragedy.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family,” said Mr McCrea.

“As we are coming into a holiday period the family has been thrown into a sense of despair with the loss of a wife and mother.”

The Ulster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend said: “I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the family at this terrible time. I believe they are in a state of total shock and complete numbness.”

She added: “We can never know when our time will come to leave this earth, but we can only be thankful for the good memories that we have, and hope that these will help to ease the pain of this tragedy as time goes on.”

A PSNI spokesperson said they “do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances” surrounding the fatality.