A mother-of-two was seriously injured after she was trampled by cows.

Claire Morris had to be airlifted to hospital after a herd cattle stampeded over her as she walked on a footpath with her dog Phoebe.

The 42-year-old was left with a broken shoulder blade, collar bone, three fractured ribs and nerve damage.

Mrs Morris said: “Quite what had upset the cows so much remains a mystery but one turned and appeared from nowhere, butting me to the ground.

“Before I knew what was happening a handful of them had gathered round and I took quite a beating. I really did wonder if I was going to get out of it alive.

“Fortunately I let go of my dog’s lead and she managed to get away unharmed and was later found safe and sound.”

Mrs Morris said she managed to crawl to a nearby house and raise the alarm.

The attack took place in Burwash near Heathfield in June. After being stamped on Mrs Morris managed to scramble to a nearby house where the owners contacted the emergency services.

The attack on Mrs Morris comes three years after Sussex Police Inspector Chris Poole was seriously injured in an identical incident.