Lancashire police mounted section horse Morecambe was speared in the stomach by a metal pole near Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium
A police horse died after being speared through the stomach while on duty at a local football match.
Football fans watched in horror as Lancashire police mounted section horse Morecambe died while on duty at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium.
Morecambe had been ushering rival fans of Fleetwood Town away from the ground when it’s thought he became spooked by the action of a group on Seasiders Way, which runs alongside the stadium.
Morecambe was given medical treatment for a severe stomach wound which is believed to have been caused by a traffic control pole.
The female police officer riding Morecambe was taken to hospital by air ambulance which landed outside the ground and she is now being treated in hospital for crush injuries.
Football fans in the resort have taken to social media to pay their repects.
Lancashire Police are one of the few forces left with a mounted division and last night Chief Inspector Sue Bushell who heads the unit said: “We are completely devastated by the loss of Morecambe in such tragic circumstances and our thoughts remain with our injured colleague at this time.”
There was heavy traffic in the area as the derby match cars and buses were joined by trippers leaving the resort via the Seasiders Way car park whicFeh is Europe’s largest single car park housing 14,000 cars.
Blackpool fans blamed Fleetwood Town fans for the incident claiming supporters on a double decker bus had caused the horse to spook after windows were smashed.
Lancashire Police would not comment on the allegation.