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Another horse has been attacked near the Waltham Abbey edge of Epping Forest
A ninth horse at a riding school has been attacked by someone with a sharp implement.
In the last four weeks, horses kept on the Waltham Abbey border of Epping Forest have been found with deep cuts on their stomachs and legs after being left out overnight.
it has now emerged that another horse was injured four days ago while in a field on Woodredon Farm Lane, but this time during daylight hours.
Investigating officer PC Rachael Tappenden said: "It is truly shocking that someone would take it upon themselves to go out and injure these horses in this way.
"These attacks are all exactly the same, the horses have all suffered a slash wound along their side. In one case it stretches all the way from their buttock to as far as where the saddle goes, so you can’t put the saddle on.
"I’m keen for anyone who might have noticed suspicious activity in this area to get in touch. I would also like to hear from anyone who might have a clue who is committing such appalling attacks on these animals.”
The first incident happened on July 23, with further incidents on July 24, July 25, and August 1.
Both horses and ponies have been left with wounds that are likely to leave scars.
Sandra Butchart, owner of the Woodredon Equestrian Centre, says the attacks have deeply upset her and left her fearing for her business
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pc Tappenden, or her colleagues at Loughton, on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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