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Owners 'devastated' as horse slashed overnight

Tommy the horse with owners Alison Cook and Megan James Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Owners of a horse who was slashed overnight have said they are "absolutely devastated" by the attack.

The five-year-old Trotter named Tommy was in a field grazing when the attack happened.

Initial thoughts that the horse could have injured itself on barbed wire were quickly ruled out when the extent of the injuries were seen.

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The owners, Alison Cook and daughter Megan James, have said they are "heartbroken" by what has happened.

Alison, who bought the horse for her daughter, said: "Tommy is a very well natured horse and we are absolutely devastated by what has happened. It makes me absolutely sick. It will be a long road to recovery, no doubt. The vet bills are going to be horrendous and to be honest, I have no idea how I am going to pay for them."

Police are appealing for witnesses and information to lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Over 90 stitches for horse injured in 'barbaric' attack

On the morning of Thursday 4th September officers were called to Pesspool Lane, Haswell to reports of a horse having been slashed overnight.

Initial thoughts that the horse could have injured itself on barbed wire were quickly ruled out when the extent of the injuries were seen.

The owners of the horse, Andrew Blench and Alison Cook, were spoken to and have no idea who or why the horse was attacked. Both are distressed and angry over the incident. With the ever-increasing vet fees and the ongoing risk of infection, the road to recovery will be a long and expensive one.

The horse, a five-year-old “Trotter” named Tommy was in the field grazing. He has recently become an up and coming champion in the sulky racing circuit having been placed in the top three of 12 races and the outright winner of 9. Tommy was about to be moved to a stables for further training in order to improve on its fitness and performance. Due to the severe injuries, his racing career will now be on hold.

Tommy's injuries were on the right hand side of his neck and consisted of a 10-12” horizontal cut, approximately 4” deep and bleeding heavily.

He needed 90+ stitches to close the wound and has now been moved from the field.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information to lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

The investigating officer, PC Kevin Woodcock said he had never come across anything so barbaric in his twenty-plus years police service.

“The wound was horrendous and could not have been the result of an accident. We suspect something similar to a butcher’s knife may have been used. If anyone has any suspicions as to how who was responsible, I would urge them to contact the police or the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

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Man remanded on Waugh fraud charge

Carole Waugh Credit: PA/MET Police

A man has appeared in court in connection with the kidnap and murder of oil executive Carole Waugh, who is originally from Durham.

Nicholas Kutner, 47, is charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit fraud.

He appeared by video link at Camberwell Magistrates' Court in south east London.

Kutner, wearing a short-sleeved checked shirt, sat beside his barrister, Gerard Hillman, and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

He is accused of pretending to be Chris Waugh, Ms Waugh's brother, in a bid to sell her London home

Kutner, of no fixed address, also faces two charges relating to renting her property at Tressard Court and a fourth of unlawfully withdrawing funds from the 50-year-old's bank account.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on August 13 at 10am.

Kutner was arrested at Luton Airport last Wednesday as he flew back from a holiday in Majorca with his family.

Ms Waugh, originally from Durham but living in London, had not been seen by her family since mid-April.

Her body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in Lime Court, New Malden, south west London, last Thursday night