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POLICE and the RSPCA are appealing for help from people to trace a horse suffering an horrific injury to its neck.

Last month police received a report of concern from a member of the public about a horse in a field on Webley Road in Witherwack, Sunderland.

The horse had been tethered in the field but had suffered a deep cut from its head collar.

Officers attended along with the RSPCA but, when they tried to seize the horse, a man refused to let them take the animal, climbed onto the horse and made off.

The man has since been spoken to by police and has refused to disclose the location of the animal.

Now police and the RSPCA are appealing for help from the public to trace the horse in question to ensure it is safe and well.

Inquiries are ongoing to see if any criminal offences have been committed under Section 18 of the Animal Welfare Act.

Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of the animal should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log 605 29/08/18 or email the OIC on 3070@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.