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Police horse dies after falling onto metal pole at football match

The rider was taken to hospital following the incident.

The incident happened outside Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground (Anthony Devlin/PA)
The incident happened outside Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground (Anthony Devlin/PA)

A police horse working at a Bank Holiday Monday football match died on duty following a “tragic accident”.

Morecambe was working at the League One game between Blackpool and Fleetwood at Bloomfield Road and fell onto a metal pole.

Lancashire Constabulary said the horse suffered a serious stomach injury and was pronounced dead at the scene on Seasiders Way at around 5.20pm on Monday.

We are all completely devastated by the loss of Morecambe in such tragic circumstances Chief Inspector Sue Bushell

The rider is believed to have fallen onto the side of a horsebox and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

The force said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and that it was being treated as a “tragic accident”.

Chief Inspector 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.”

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