Mother is killed by hay bale

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A KEEN horsewoman was crushed to death by a hay bale at a farm near Morecambe.

Charlotte Louise Conroy-Taylor, 45, who lived at Brookhouse, was killed when a large hay bale wrapped in black plastic fell on her.

The accident happened at Beaumont Grange Farm, off Bottomdale Road in Slyne-with-Hest on the evening of Tuesday, May 31. The coroner said she died at 8.29pm at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and an inquest date is yet to be set.

Ms Conroy-Taylor was youth justice area manager north at Lancashire County Council. Based at Marton House, in Aalborg Place, Lancaster, she was responsible for the Youth Offending Teams covering the Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde areas. It is believed that her 12-year-old daughter was with her at the time of the accident. Beaumont Grange Farm has an equestrian centre with a riding school, livery and stables.

Mrs Carol Hill, proprietor and Pony Club contact at Beaumont Grange Farm, was not available for comment.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. The city council’s Health and Safety team is investigating the accident.