'Abused' circus elephant to be rehomed

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A retired circus elephant at the centre of a police inquiry after footage of it being attacked emerged is to be rehomed, its owner has said.

The footage, filmed by pressure group Animal Defenders International, showed a circus worker beating and kicking the Asian elephant, called Anne.

Moira Roberts, of Bobby Roberts Super Circus, said she was shocked and angered by the footage.

Anne no longer features in the circus, which opens in Knutsford, Cheshire, on Wednesday.

An independent vet which visited the site during the BBC's visit found no signs of mistreatment in the animals.

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