Sheffield nurse trampled by cows accused of being hoax caller

Sarah Leonard
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A nurse from Sheffield trampled by a herd of cows during a treasure hunt was accused of being a hoax caller when she dialled 999 for help.

Sarah Leonard, of Norton, was walking with her dog in North Scarle, Lincolnshire when a dozen cows trampled her - breaking her arms, collarbone, jaw and ribs last November.

But when Sarah, who was 59 at the time, called emergency services for help she was told by the handler at Lincolnshire Police: “This is a hoax, isn’t it, obviously.”

In a recording of the call has now been posted online, Sarah can be heard trying to explain what had happened to her.

It took paramedics 30 minutes to find her in the field because Sarah did not know her exact location, eventually finding her by tracing her mobile phone. She was geocoaching - a high-tech treasure hunt using GPS - when the accident happened.

Sarah was taken to Lincoln County Hospital and was in intensive care for a number of weeks.

In a statement Lincolnshire Police said: “Call takers are trained to establish key information as quickly as possible.

“The audio clip only covers the initial few minutes of the call and does not give the full picture of how the injured lady was dealt with.

“The call lasted 48 minutes in total and all the time the caller was being spoken to, background work was going on to try to establish her exact location.

“There was never any delay in the police’s response to the incident and everything was done with urgency to find where the caller was. Whilst all the work was being undertaken to locate the lady, the call taker kept talking to her to keep her calm and reassured, gaining as much information as possible from her. She was kept on the line until help arrived.”

click here to listen to 999 call