Friday, 24 September 2010

Apples 'spiked' with pins and nails eaten by horses

Police are investigating after apples ''spiked'' with pins, screws and nails were left in a paddock and eaten by horses.

Published: 4:38PM BST 20 Sep 2010

At least 15 of the apples are thought to have been planted in the field off Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, East Sussex, with dressmaker pins and screws up to two inches long poking out of them.

Some of the fruit had already been half-eaten by the animals when they were discovered on Saturday morning.

Their owners now face an anxious wait to see if any of the horses have been harmed, as it could take more than 48 hours before it is known if any of the nine horses in the field have internal injuries.

Sarah Williams, who owns five of the horses kept at Rottingdean Riding Stables, described the incident as ''sick''.

She said: ''I despair that anybody would want to do this to innocent animals. They have eaten some of them but I have no idea how many. It is incredibly dangerous and just so worrying. We are just hoping they will all be all right and unharmed.''

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ''This is an alarming incident. PCSOs are carrying out house-to-house inquiries to see if anyone has seen anything and to check if there is a history of any problems in the area.''

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0845 60 70 999.
(Submitted by Rachel Carthy)

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