North Lincolnshire attacks spark 'Horse Watch' campaign

Cruelty victim Penny
Image caption This horse, named Penny, was killed along with its unborn foal

Horse owners and equestrian groups in North Lincolnshire have been urged to get involved in a new campaign after a series of attacks on animals.

Recent incidents include an attack that killed a mare and its unborn foal. Another horse had its tail and mane chopped off.

A Horse Watch scheme has been launched to try to tackle the problem.

As part of the initiative a Facebook page will be set up so people can share alerts and crime prevention advice.

Rider Nicola Latham said she would be "devastated" if anything happened to her horse.

She said: "You always think 'not my horse, not me', but unfortunately some days you go down and it's you."

The scheme has been set up to tackle horse cruelty and thefts of animals or costly horse equipment.

Amanda Barnett, from Humberside Police, said: "The Horse Watch scheme highlights the potential for owners to lose their animals to thieves.

"It's not just the horses that thieves target but also equine equipment including tack and trailers.

"By joining the Horse Watch scheme, it will enable owners to share information and hopefully reduce this type of crime that will also lead to the detection of offenders."

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