Horse rider critically ill after falling during stone attack

A WOMAN is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from her horse when a group of youths started throwing stones at the animal.

The 28-year-old from Thurcroft was riding a large, white horse on a track near to Duke of Norfolk Lane, at Wickersley, Rotherham, when it was attacked.

A group of around three to four youths threw stones at the animal, causing it to rear up and throw the woman to the ground.

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Friends came to the injured rider’s rescue and she was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Two days later, after a number of tests and observation, the woman was allowed home, but was readmitted the following day after complaining of headaches.

She was later transferred to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where she underwent surgery. She remains in a critical condition today.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information to the incident, which happened about 5.45pm on May 17. Details of what happened were only revealed today.

Officers have carried out enquiries in the Wickersley area in a bid to trace the youths, including a search on the day of the incident, but have so far been unable to find those involved.

Detective Inspector Steve Ashmore, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We are urging anyone who might have seen what happened or who has any information about the incident to come forward.

“We’re also interested in hearing from anyone who has suffered similar problems in the area and will be visiting local stables. This incident shows the serious consequences of antisocial behaviour.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote incident number 1204 of 17 May. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555111.