Decapitated pony found on Pentewan beach

A decapitated pony has been found on a beach in Cornwall, police said.

The animal was found on Pentewan beach on Monday, after Brixham Coastguard was alerted.

Devon and Cornwall Police said its head was "severed cleanly" and it had leg injuries that may have been caused by it trying to get out of the water.

The force said the horse may have been dumped from a boat and injured by a propeller. Its death is not thought to be suspicious.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a wooden cross and dead seagull had been placed on top of the pony and RIP had been written in the sand, but it is believed this was done by someone not connected to the death.

The force said it was investigating the incident.

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