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Thurcroft: Rider still in intensive care as investigations continue

Lindsey Hawkins, 28, of Rotherham, was riding her horse Murphy when a group of youths threw stones at the animal, causing it to rear up and throw her to the ground.

Lindsey Hawkins, 28, of Rotherham, was riding her horse Murphy when a group of youths threw stones at the animal, causing it to rear up and throw her to the ground.

Thurcroft mum-of-two Lindsey Hawkins who was critically ill after falling from her horse remains in intensive care this week.

Lindsey’s horse Murphy was pelted with stones by youths on 17th May, causing the frightened animal to rear up.

It happened on a track near Duke of Norfolk Lane in Wickersley. Lindsey was thrown to the ground and suffered bad concussion.

She later had surgery for a bleed on the brain and was put into an induced coma while she recovered.

Police said this week that her condition had improved and was no longer considered life threatening.

No arrests have been made over the attack but enquiries are continuing,

“We are treating this as a serious matter but are also keeping an open mind,” said Det Sgt Mick Hakin.

“The area in which the incident happened is usually safe, with hardly any reports of anti social behaviour, so an incident like this is very uncommon.”

“We are still engaging with the public and making enquiries, but investigations are well underway in order to catch the culprits.”

“We would of course urge anyone with information to contact us immediately.”

Friends of Lindsey, aged 28, have spokes of their upset.

Sarah Jane Binder, 33, who owns the livery where Lindsey keeps her two horses, said: “I’m frustrated, mad and very upset about the whole thing.”

“Lindsey is such a beautiful, lovely, kind-hearted and funny young woman who is the best friend you could wish for.”

“If anyone has any information about who is responsible for this I’m urging them to come forward.”

“Look what’s happened as a result of this prank the teens have played - they didn’t mean for this to happen but someone needs to take responsibility for it.”

“The family are coping as best they can, looking after Lindsey’s two little children, but as you can imagine it’s an extremely worrying time for them.”

Anyone with information about the incident on 17th May should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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