Farmer injured after cattle stampede

A SUFFOLK farmer was being treated for multiple injuries last night after he was trampled by cattle on his own land.

A SUFFOLK farmer was being treated for multiple injuries last night after he was trampled by cattle on his own land.

Roger Jones suffered broken ribs, cuts to his face and a shoulder injury in the incident in Thorndon, near Eye, yesterday.

Mr Jones, who is believed to be in his 70s, was taken to hospital by an air ambulance and was last night said to be in a stable condition.

A spokesman for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital said: “He has some fractured ribs and facial lacerations. He is likely to be with us for a few days.”

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to Thorndon Hill Farm at around 2.45pm to a report that a man in his 70s had been trampled by cattle in a field.

A land ambulance was sent to the scene, but medics opted to transfer Mr Jones to hospital in an air ambulance.

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A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said it was not known how serious his injuries were, but they were believed to be potentially serious.

The incident comes after a 45-year-old probation officer was trampled to death by a herd of cattle as she walked her dogs through a Suffolk farm in April last year.

Sandra Pearce, 45, of Worlingham, was found unconscious close to a public footpath near Bungay.

An inquest into her death was told how Ms Pearce may have been killed while trying to retrieve her two Jack Russell pets which had “disturbed” the cattle.

Ms Pearce was found lying on the ground surrounded by a number of cows and a bull after loud “bellowing” noises were heard from a nearby farm caf�.

Post mortem tests showed Ms Pearce died as a result of being crushed.