Six adults were injured at a Northamptonshire steam rally when a Shire horse was stung by an insect and bolted into the crowd, according to Northamptonshire police.

The horse was being paraded in the arena at the Hollowell steam rally, near Northampton, on Saturday 7 July to display old-fashioned machinery.

“The horse became distressed after being stung by a wasp or a bee, jumped up and got into the spectator area,” a spokesman for Northamptonshire police told H&H.

The spectators suffered multiple fractures and were taken to Northampton General Hospital. Five of them were released from hospital on Sunday (8 July).

The health and safety department of Daventry district council will be investigating the circumstances of the incident.