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Horse dies in suspected deliberate attack

George the horse had to be put down after getting caught in an electric fence Credit: Sussex Police

A horse had to be put down after it became entangled in an electric fence to such an extent that its owners believe it was targeted in a deliberate act.

The horse, called George, was discovered in a field in Blackgate Lane, Pulborough, on Tuesday, September 9. It was lying on the ground with the electric fence line wrapped tightly several times around its left fore and hind legs. It was released, but the incident had caused irreparable injuries to both legs and George, sadly, had to be put to sleep a few days later.

"At first we thought it was just an unfortunate accident where George had got himself tangled up in the fence. However, the number of times that the fence line was wrapped around each foot aroused our suspicions and we called the police. Unfortunately, the line was so tight that it cut off circulation to both feet and the vet was unable to save them or ultimately, George."

– Zoe Walker, who runs Soul Equestrian at Scrase Farm

"There's no apparent reason why this horse or these stables should have been targeted in this isolated incident, but we would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the incident or who has experienced anything similar. Blackgate Lane is fairly remote, but were you around the area at any time from late afternoon or overnight on Monday, September 8 and if so die you see anything suspicious? If so, please email or call 101 quoting serial 1096 of 18/09."

– PC Jonny Walker

Woman cyclist killed in hit and run

A woman cyclist was killed last night in a hit and run near Pulborough in Sussex. A silver Citreon Xsara was travelling southbound on the A29 at 8.05pm at Codmore Hill when it overtook a grey Audi Q7 onto the opposite carriageway. It collided with a bicycle, lost control and crashed.

The driver fled the scene. The 27-year-old woman cyclist from Kingsfold sadly died from her injuries at the scene. Two people were arrested at the scene, a 22-year-old woman from Crawley and a 17-year-old boy from Horsham, for death by dangerous driving, drink driving and theft of a vehicle.

A 26-year-old man from Billingshurst, believed to be the driver, was arrested in Storrington for death by dangerous driving, drink driving and driving while disqualified. They all remain in custody. Any witnesses call 101 or email quoting Operation Barnward.