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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Woman airlifted after being hurt by horse in Appleby fair flashing lane

A woman was airlifted to hospital after being knocked down by a horse at Appleby fair.

Police have confirmed that the 36-year-old was hurt on Long Marton Road in the town.

The road is known as Flashing Lane during the annual gypsy and travellers fair, as horses are ridden at speed along it to show them off for sale.

The woman was hit by a horse and taken by air ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Superintendent Sean Robinson said: “We are in the process of investigating the circumstances of the incident and appeal to anyone who was in the area to get in contact with Cumbria Police.”

She was the second person to be seriously injured during the fair this year.

A five-year-old boy suffered “significant injuries” on Friday, after falling out of the back of a horse-drawn wagon.

The North West Ambulance Service attended the incident and took the boy to the infirmary with non-life threatening injuries.

A spokeswoman for the service confirmed that the he fell out, after the carriage he was riding in was involved in a collision with another carriage.

“Speed was a contributing factor to this incident,” she continued. “The boy was in a carriage which was described by witnesses as travelling fast.

“Luckily, he was treated and should be fine. However, it is a reminder to all, reducing speed in any vehicle can reduce the risk of injury or save your life.”

The fair has otherwise passed off with only minor incident, with arrests mainly for low-level drugs issues and disorder.

Motorists travelling in the vicinity of the A66 are advised to leave extra time and drive carefully, as large numbers of people are expected to begin leaving the fair today.

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