A police horse has died in a ‘tragic accident’ following Blackpool’s 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town on Monday.
Lancashire Constabulary said the horse, named Morecambe, slipped and fell against some metal barriers at a pedestrian crossing.
As a result he suffered a serious injury to his stomach and despite receiving urgent medical attention from a vet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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His rider was air lifted to hospital with some injuries, but is not thought to be seriously hurt.
Blackpool showed their support of the officer on Twitter within minutes of the police releasing the information.
Very sad news post-match. We send our best wishes for a full recovery to the police officer. https://t.co/whMdXCZ8O7— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) April 22, 2019
The force’s statement online says ‘there are no suspicious circumstances, this was a tragic accident.’
Ch Insp Sue Bushell of Lancashire Constabulary’s Mounted branch, said: “We are all completely devastated by the loss of Morecambe in such tragic circumstances.
“The horses are a big part of our police family and Morecambe will be sorely missed by his riders and many colleagues from across the force.
“Our thoughts remain with our injured colleague at this extremely difficult time.”