Pageant-goer, 34, dies in hospital from neck accidents after ‘wood Obby Oss horse smacks her in face’ at conventional pagan Might Day parade in Padstow
Laura Smallwood, from Padstow, was discovered collapsed on Wednesday night She was with lots of in Cornwall, for the annual Might Day Obby Oss competition Officers are investigating stories she was hit by a big wood horse costume
A Might Day competition reveller who suffered a critical neck harm throughout Cornwall’s conventional Obby Oss celebration has died this morning.
Laura Smallwood, from Padstow, was discovered collapsed on Wednesday night and reportedly fell unconscious earlier than being resuscitated and airlifted to hospital.
Police are investigating precisely how she was injured however final evening it was believed that she had been smacked within the jaw with a wood horse which was used as a prop within the festivities.
And officers mentioned it was doable the girl, who was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, had additionally been assaulted by one other feminine earlier within the night.
Laura Smallwood suffered a critical neck harm throughout Cornwall’s conventional Obby Oss celebration (competition pictured) and died in hospital this morning
Detective Inspector Paul Norlund mentioned: ‘Our ideas and sympathies are with Laura’s household at this very unhappy time.
‘We proceed to comply with quite a few strains of enquiry to determine how Laura sustained her accidents.
‘Presently, we want to hear from any witnesses and anybody with data, notably anybody with any related cell phone or digital camera footage taken across the occasion.’
Officers at Devon and Cornwall police are actually investigating stories she was hit by a Obby Oss – a big wood horse costumes – whereas strolling on a footpath.
Obby Oss horses are giant oval frames lined in black oilskin, which have a small horse’s head on the entrance with a snapping jaw.
The normal occasion options two interest horses – Previous Oss and Blue Ribbon Oss – that parade by the city.
They’re giant oval frames lined in black oilskin, which have a small horse’s head on the entrance with a snapping jaw.
Male dancers put on them and catch girls underneath a black cape as they parade by the city.
The normal occasion (pictured) options two interest horses – Previous Oss and Blue Ribbon Oss – that parade by the city
Final evening, locals claimed the sufferer, understood to be a married mother-of-two, was in a coma after the ‘unlucky accident’.
One native, who didn’t wish to be named mentioned: ‘Should you’re close to the horse when it is swinging round you place your hand as much as cease it hitting you on the pinnacle.’
She added: ‘This time… it slipped on the grass and it swung up and gave the girl an uppercut to the chin.’
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