York & North Yorkshire

Police appeal after horses' tails cut off

Police in North Yorkshire are warning horse owners to be on their guard after two horses had their tails cut off in an isolated field.

The horses were stabled in a field at Colburn Grange Farm, Colburn, near Catterick Garrison.

The incident happened between about 05:00 GMT and 15:00 GMT on Wednesday 9 November, police said.

The horses were otherwise left physically uninjured, but the owners and the horses were "very distressed".

'Be vigilant'

Police believe the offenders returned to the farm between about 19:00 GMT on Wednesday 9 November and 07:00 GMT on Thursday 10 November, when they cut off more hair from one of the horses' tails.

PC Nicola Pattinson, from Catterick Safer Neighbourhood Team, described the crime as "bizarre".

"We are concerned that it may be a way of marking horses in preparation for theft," she said.

"We are urging all horse owners to be vigilant and make sure their equine security is up to date and activated at all times."

PC Pattinson said police patrols in the area where the incidents took place had been increased.

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