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It is with great sadness that Police Hour reports on the death of a police horse.
police horse has died outside of Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium.
The horse, called Morecambe, came into contact with a metal pole on Seasiders Way at around 5:20pm following the Fylde coast derby.
Morecambe’s rider has been taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital with some injuries.
It is believed he fell into the side of a horse box after Morecambe was injured.
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.”
As a result he suffered a serious injury to his stomach and despite receiving urgent medical attention from a vet, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lancashire Police said the incident is ‘not suspicious’ and no one else is involved in the incident.
A spokesman for the force said: “I can say that a police horse has died at Bloomfield Road however this is not being treated as suspicious and no third parties are involved at all. We will be releasing a full statement shortly.”
This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the policing team.