THE owners of two horses killed after being struck by a lorry are being urged to come forward.

The animals - believed to have been pregnant at the time of the accident - were killed on the A19 on near Wolviston, Teesside, in the early hours of Monday.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "At approximately midnight last night (Sunday) a member of the public rang police reporting the animals on the Wolviston/A19 roundabout but sadly before officers arrived, the animals had wandered onto the southbound carriageway where they were struck by an HGV.

"It is possible that both were pregnant at the time as the bodies of two foals were also discovered at the scene. One of the adult horses was brown and white, the other dark grey with a white underbelly.

"The HGV driver was uninjured during the collision however the carriageway was closed until 3.20am to allow police and partner agencies to deal with the incident.

"Despite inquiries and the assistance of local farmers and horse owners, we have not been able to trace the horses’ owner/s and we would appeal for them to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number, quoting Event 23718."