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Police appeal for information after pony death at Hawley Lake

posted 12 Jul 2011, 07:40 by Blackwater & Hawley NHW
Police continue to appeal for information following the death of a pony at Hawley Lake in Farnborough. 
At about 5pm on Saturday, July 9, police received reports of an incident involving a pony. The information given was that a group of 12 people had arrived at the lake with three ponies and traps.  Police were told that one of the ponies had got into difficulties in the lake and had subsequently drowned. Conflicting reports surrounding the exact circumstances of the incident were given to officers.  However, since the initial appeal for witnesses and following police enquiries, it has become apparent that this incident may have been a tragic accident, not a deliberate act. Officers are continuing to investigate this incident to piece together exactly what happened.

A 21-year-old-man from Farnborough who attempted to rescue the pony, sustained injuries as the animal kicked out at him. He was treated for a head injury at Frimley Park Hospital and later discharged. It is believed that soon after the incident, the group of people, along with the two other ponies and traps, left the lake and travelled along Minley Road towards Yateley. 
An Army diving team assisted Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in the recovery of the pony and an RSPCA animal welfare officer also attended the scene.

Hart and Rushmoor District Commander, Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson: “There would have been a number of people around at the time including dog walkers, runners, cyclists, fishermen and other members of the public.  “I would urge anyone who was in the area of Hawley Lake at the time, heard or saw what took place at the lake or who has any information about this incident to contact us as soon as possible.” 

Officers would also like to hear from any motorists who were driving along Minley Road either leading up to the time of the incident or immediately afterwards who saw ponies and traps being driven along the road.