Woman ‘struck by cow’ airlifted to hospital after animal roamed free in streets

A woman has been severely injured by a cow in a Welsh village where cattle roam free.

The woman, who is believed to have been in her 30s, was airlifted to hospital shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, August 17.

Police and other emergency services had rushed to Southgate in south Gower earlier in the afternoon as reports of the bizarre attack flooded in.

The village has had problems in the past with cattle roaming free and there have been concerns about the safety of people living in and visiting the community.

It's not known what happened to the cow involved in this incident, although there are some unconfirmed reports that it was shot.

A statement from South Wales Police read: "At around 3pm yesterday, emergency services were called to a farm in Southgate, Swansea, where a woman, reportedly in her 30s, had been struck by a cow.

"She was airlifted to University Hospital of Wales where she is being treated for her injuries."

Delivery driver Neil Thomas told Wales Online that he had helped ferry medical staff to the scene of the incident.

He said: "I was passing East Cliff where the helicopter was landing, noticed it was quite a bit of distance from the incident, so myself and wife stopped at the helicopter and loaded our car up with the paramedics and their equipment and gave them a lift to the scene."

"There was an ambulance parked on West Cliff outside the nursing home, there were people everywhere," he added.

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"I overheard the paramedics stating armed police were en route to deal with the cow."

Cattle have been free to roam around Southgate, in Pennard, for decades, including peoples' gardens, main roads, and beaches.

The Gower commons are traditionally grazed by local commoners’ animals. It is legal in the area and considered to be an essential part of the farm economy of the Gower Peninsula area, as well as being helpful to maintain natural habitats.

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