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Horses struggling to survive in flooded Leicester field

The herd was seen in a waterlogged field near the Fosse Shopping Park in Leicestershire. Credit: SWNS

A horse carcass has been photographed along with other animals "too exhausted" to move in flooded fields in Leicester.

"I clocked what I thought was a horse lying down in the field and I thought that would be really exceptional because they would normally try and stay on their feet," said farrier Mark Johnson, 51.

Other horses were seen crammed into the driest areas of the field. A decaying horse carcass has been cropped out of the image. Credit: SWNS

"But when I got closer I realised it was the decomposing corpse. It was awful - it was just left there, rotting away.

"Then I saw another horse, a foal, lying down at the end of the field by the water line, we tried for a while to get it up and out but it was just too exhausted," he said.

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Horse killed after bolting onto M4 carriageway

A horse was killed after it bolted on to a major motorway and collided with a number of vehicles.

Police received reports of a horse loose on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 near Membury Services in Berkshire at around 4.45am today.

One vehicle involved in the collision, a white van, overturned. Fire crews released the driver and he was taken to hospital but his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Thames Valley Police said the horse was killed but no one was injured. The carriageway remained closed at 8.30am while vehicles were removed from the scene.

Diversions were put in place at junction 15 and officers were working with the Highways Agency to reopen the carriageway, although no timeframe was given.

A police spokesman said: "Drivers are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes."

McDonald's horse 'was previously served McFlurrys'

A horse owner who was fined after her daughter's pony defecated on the floor of a McDonald's said the animal had dined on McFlurrys on previous visits to the Manchester restaurant.

Drive-through staff refused to serve riders Christine McGrail and daughter Olivia unless their animals were tied up first, to the surprise of the mother-of-one.

"We've been to that McDonald’s at least half a dozen times on the horses. Minnie (the pony) likes McFlurrys," she told the Manchester Evening News.

Police said they were called to McDonald's after the pony "did its business on the floor" Credit: Twitter/@hollysinar

McGrail said she mistakenly took staff "literally" when they suggested the riders enter the fast food outlet rather than wait with the horses in the drive-through queue.

“We were standing in the queue for ages. It was only when she did the poop, that things kicked off," she told the paper.

Read: Woman fined after taking horse into McDonald's

Woman fined after taking horse into McDonald's

A woman has been fined after taking her horse into a McDonald's restaurant.

She was initially refused service while in the saddle in the drive-through lane of the branch in Whitefield, Greater Manchester on Saturday.

She then led the animal inside, where it defecated on the floor, before police were called.

McDonald's staff refused to serve the woman or horse due to "company policy" Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A statement posted on the Facebook page of Greater Manchester Police's Whitefield Division read: "The staff refused to serve the woman due to company policy. The woman then took the horse into the restaurant, who ended up doing his business on the floor.

"The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.

"Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff."

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