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Thursday, 6 February, 2003, 17:48 GMT
Horses escape theft attempt
Horses
Thieves abandoned attempts to steal the horses
Thieves tried to steal 11 horses from a stables but appear to have given up when they could not get them into a horse box.

The animals were rounded up using equipment from the stables, but the thieves gave up and left them to run loose.

The owners of the Trogan Meadows Stables only realised something was wrong when they found the horses gone first thing on Thursday morning.

They think the would-be thieves had waited for them to leave the stables, in Otham near Maidstone in Kent, before trying to take the horses.

The horses were just gone, you couldn't see them anywhere

Owner Kelly Russell
Deep hoof prints in the ground suggested the horses had been out before frost formed at night making the ground hard.

Trogan Meadows Stables owner Kelly Russell said she thought it had happened within half an hour of her leaving on Wednesday night.

She said: "My mum went up there this morning, turned on the lights and the horses were just gone, you couldn't see them anywhere.

"It was pitch black in the fields and she couldn't see them at all so she called me up in hysterics to call the police.

"The burglars had broken down our fence and had used all our jumps to make a funnel to direct the horses out and across the fields next to us."

All the horses were recovered on Thursday unharmed.


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