Investigation continues into death on traveller site

The woman's body was found close to Darent Valley Hospital Credit: ITV News

A 53-year-old woman from Gravesend is believed to have been killed by a stallion in a field close to a hospital.

The body was discovered in the field in Darenth Wood Road in Dartford, at about 10am on Friday, according to Kent Police.

A police spokesman said the death of the woman is not being treated as suspicious. A report is being prepared for the coroner and the results of a post mortem examination are expected later today.

He said: “It is believed that a stallion in the field where the body was found may have caused her death.”

The woman’s identity has not yet been released.

The body was discovered in a field near to Darent Valley Hospital. The hospital confirmed earlier in a statement that she had been a patient prior to her death.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the lady who was killed in this tragic incident. She came into the Emergency Department at Darent Valley late on Thursday evening, was assessed and was admitted to our Clinical Decisions Unit. Doctors advised her to stay in hospital for further treatment. However, she took the decision to leave the hospital.

Paul Brand was at the scene with the latest: