Two horses are dead following an arson attack on a stable block in Britain.
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information over the attack, which occurred in wooden stables off Ashworth Lane, Bolton, between 4.30am and 5am on Tuesday, April 22.
“This was a deliberate fire that caused the death of two horses,” Detective Constable Dave Harris said.
“The owner is understandably very distressed and we want to find out who did this as soon as possible.
“We have launched a joint investigation with the Fire Service. I would urge anyone who may have seen someone acting in a suspicious manner around the stables to contact police.”
The Bolton News reported that petrol and firelighters were found at the scene and there appeared to have been several points of ignition.
Firefighters arrived after neighbours alerted them to the blaze and put out the fire, but were unable to save the horse and pony inside.
The stable owner was identified as David Davies, who said: “It was just horrendous. I can’t envisage how anyone could do anything like that.”
He had rented the stables to a woman and her daughter, who owned the horses who perished.
Anyone with information should phone the police on 0161 8565772 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.