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Police condemn 'vicious and despicable' attack on horse

Police in Stockport say a horse had to be put to sleep after it was beaten with hammer.

Officers say that shortly after 8pm on Friday, 30 December 2016, the animal received injuries to its face and legs consistent with being hit with a hammer.

The horse, which was in a field off Brindale Road, Brinnington, at the time of the attack, was so badly injured it had to be euthanised.

“This was a vicious and despicable act on a defenceless animal.

“How anyone could harm a living thing is beyond belief.

“The pain the poor horse must have endured is unthinkable and I’m determined to find the person responsible for this sickening offence.

“No one we have spoken to saw the actual attack take place and I would urge anyone who has any information about it to please contact police.”

– Police Constable Louise Butterley,
  • Information can be passed on by calling 101 and quoting incident number 1947 of 30 December 2016.


12-year-old girl killed in Oldham hit and run named

Helina Kotlarova was killed in a hit and run on New Year's Eve Credit: Manchester Evening News

The 12-year-old girl killed in Oldham hit and run on New Year's Eve has been named as Helina Koltarova.

Two girls were hit by a black VW Golf, the driver of which did not stop at the scene, at around 7.15pm on New Year's Eve. Greater Manchester Police said they were called to Ashton Road near Copster Hill Road and found a car had been involved in a collision with two girls.

Helina was with 11-year-old cousin Zaneta Kvokova, who is in hospital in a serious condition.

Helina's family have revealed how her mum held her in her arms as she died in the road, touching her hair as she passed away.

The girls were on their way back from a New Year's party when the incident happened.

Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle.

“These are tragic circumstances where a young girl has lost her life and I would urge anyone who knows anything to do with this collision to contact police immediately.

Another girl is currently fighting for her life in hospital and specially trained officers are supporting the families involved.

Officers are trying to establish exactly what happened while we also have a dedicated team trying to locate the driver of the car.”

– Sergeant Lee Westhead, GMP
Helina left was killed in the hit and run and cousin Zaneta Kvokova is in hospital Credit: Manchester Evening News
  • Anyone with information should call the collision unit on 0161 856 4741 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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