Pony given impromptu haircut in field


A PONY was attacked and had its mane cropped as it grazed in a West Lothian Field.

Morris was targeted sometime during the day on Monday while in his paddock in Drumshoreland Road, Pumpherston.

The three-year-old grey Welsh mountain pony had its forelock cut off.

Morris, pictured with owner Kirsty Scotland, was left with a clump of hair missing

The horse was uninjured, however, the owners are now unable to show the animal at forthcoming events.

In another incident, which happened between 8pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday, was then reported at the West Lothian Riding for the Disabled venue.

Staff at the farmland, which is located on the A904 road at Abercorn returned to find the padlock on the gate had been forced off.

Nothing appears to have been stolen but police believe this was a malicious act.

The pony cannot be shown in his current state

Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around either farm is asked come forward.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “Local officers will be visiting all rural land in the surrounding areas of these properties to offer appropriate crime prevention advice to workers and residents.

“Farmers and those who live in the country are asked to be vigilant and if they witness any criminal activity should contact police immediately.

“Lothian and Borders Police will work closely with our partners at NFU Scotland to tackle rural crime, bring those responsible to justice and ensure farmlands are suitably protected against theft and other crime.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.