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Pregnant horse slashed with knife

Police believe Peanuts was attacked deliberately

A knife attack on a pregnant horse in Oxfordshire has been described as a "nasty and callous act" by police.

The mare, called Peanuts, was cut with a sharp knife near her stomach and behind her back legs.

The attack happened at Coleshill near Faringdon sometime between 1800 GMT on 5 March and 0800 GMT on 6 March.

Both the mare and foal survived the attack. Officers are appealing for witnesses and are urging horse owners to be vigilant.

Revenge theory

Owner, Paul Tapner, said: "The vet thinks it's a deliberate act because it's not an injury she'd have picked up in the field.

"The police think it could be someone out for revenge, but none of us can think of anyone we've upset.

"The police have said it could be the start of a spate of things because in the past, when this sort of thing happens, it tends to happen to more than one horse in a region, which is slightly worrying."

PC Louise Russell, said: "This is a nasty, callous act where a horse has been deliberately injured.

"I appeal to anyone who might have seen suspicious activity in the area to contact me and urge horse owners to be aware that this incident has happened and to take extra care of their horses at this time."

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