The family of a Derry woman has been left devastated after she was attacked and killed by a cow whilst on holiday in Northumbria.
Marian Clode (nee Coyle), originally from the Glasgow Terrace area of Rosemount, was with her family when they were set upon by a herd of cattle.
The 61-year-old teacher had moved away from Derry many years ago and lived in the Greater Manchester area.
Mrs Clode had been walking along a public bridal path which runs through a farm in Belford, Northumberland with her husband Christopher, daughter Lucy, son-in-law and two grandchildren, on Sunday April 3rd when the attack occurred.
A statement issued on behalf of the family through their solicitors states that they were approached at speed by a herd of cattle and that one of the herd became aggressive, approaching Mrs Clode and repeatedly head-butting her.
Attempts at resuscitation were made before Mrs Clode was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
She passed away two days later.
The family have engaged Gordon Cartwright of JMW Solicitors to help guide them through the legal process, which will involve an inquest.
Mr Cartwright said: “The family’s main reason for sharing their story at this terribly distressing time is that they want to prevent other families going through such a traumatic experience.
“The strength and dignity they have shown in the face of this tragedy is admirable.”
Derry SDLP Councillor John Boyle said: “This is a terrible tragedy for the family and everyone’s hearts will go out to them.
“The family are well known in the lower Park Avenue/ Rosemount area and this will come as a shock to many of their former neighbours.”