Warning to horse owners to ‘remain vigilant’ after report of suspicious substance in paddock

Police are warning horse owners to be vigilant after a possibly poisonous material was found in a paddock near Spilsby
Police are warning horse owners to be vigilant after a possibly poisonous material was found in a paddock near Spilsby

Police are reminding horse owners to be vigilant after one paddock owner near Spilsby reported a suspicious substance to them.

The warning originally went out through Lincolnshire Police’s Horsewatch scheme with a statement which said: “It has reported that a suspicious looking substance has been found inside the grazing area of a paddock near Welton Le Marsh, Spilsby.

“It is not believed on this occasion that the pony had ingested the substance; however, it had been deliberately placed well within the paddock area, for possibly such a purpose.”

A police spokesman however, confirmed to The Standard that it was not clear what the substance was or whether it had been tested in a laboratory by a vet.

They said the incident did provide a timely reminder for horse owners to be vigilant anyway and that it did not hurt for people to be on guard.

The spokesman added that reports there had been another similar incident elsewhere in the county could not be confirmed at this time.

The substance was described as looking like crushed ice with a bluey tinge.

If anyone sees any suspicious substances in their fields and paddocks they are asked to report it to Lincolnshire Police quoting incident 72 29/09/2015.

Anyone unsure whether their equine may have ingested any such type of poison, should contact a qualified vet as soon as possible.