Mum killed by bale of hay

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A BROOKHOUSE mother was crushed to death by a hay bale at a farm in Slyne.

Keen horsewoman Charlotte Louise Conroy-Taylor, 45, 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 May 31.

The coroner said Mrs Conroy-Taylor died at 8.29pm on the same day at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

An inquest date is yet to be set.

Mrs Conroy-Taylor was a youth justice area manager at Lancashire County Council.

Based at Marton House, in Aalborg Place, Lancaster, she was responsible for the youth offending teams covering Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde.

It is believed that her 12-year-old daughter Zara was with her at the time of the accident.

Mrs Conroy-Taylor also leaves a husband Ian, parents Jim and Lynnette, brother John and sister Helen.

Beaumont Grange Farm has an equestrian centre with a riding school, livery and stables.

Carol Hill, proprietor and Pony Club contact at the farm, said she felt it was an inappropriate time to comment on the accident, but said she was supporting the family.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Lancaster City Council’s health and safety team is investigating the accident.

The funeral service will take place at St Paul’s Church, Brookhouse, on Tuesday at 11am, prior to private committal at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium.