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Horse killed in brutal stab attack at Northumberland stables

One of the horses stabbed at a Northumberland stables Photo: Northumbria Police

One horse was killed and another seriously injured after being stabbed in a brutal attack.

Police said the animals were grazing in a field in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, when they were attacked sometime between 7pm on Friday July 8, and 10am on Saturday, July 9.

The horses were taken to a vet for treatment but one of the animals has since died from its injuries. The other animal is being monitored by vets as it recovers from the injuries and the owner has been left incredibly upset by the incident.

Police are carrying out a number of enquiries to try and locate those responsible and have now appealed for any witnesses to get in touch.

This was a cruel and brutal attack on two defenceless animals and we are determined to catch those responsible.

Both animals were stabbed a number of times and required two vets to work together on stitching together the wounds. They were surprised the horses were still alive.

We suspect that whoever could be responsible for such an offence would have been in a group and would have been covered in blood following the incident."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote the reference 481 09/07/16. People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.