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Horse badly injured in crash near Buckingham

Horse badly injured in crash near Buckingham

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:54am 17th June 2019. (Updated at 5:26pm 17th June 2019)

A horse has been left with badly injured legs, after a car hit it at speed near Buckingham yesterday.

He was dragged along the road a little way in Thornton, but then the driver didn't stop.

Thomas' owner Louise stated:

"I am devastated that the driver didn't stop, Thomas was in complete shock and has severely injured his front legs.

"Thomas is a show horse and this may end his career.

"I was wearing my high-visibility clothing and so was Thomas.

"The speed the car came around the corner was so dangerous I'm shocked we weren't killed."

Police said they would like to remind drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers who all use these country lanes that reducing their speed and passing in a considerate manner can prevent incidents like this from happening.

Thomas is receiving veterinary care at the moment.

Police are now appealing for witnesses

At around 3.35pm yesterday (16/6) in Thornton Road, Thornton, it was reported to police that a vehicle was being driven at speed around a blind bend which caused a horse to fall to its knees and be dragged a short distance.

The horse sustained injuries to both front legs and is receiving veterinary treatment.

The rider, a woman, did not require hospital treatment but did have symptoms of shock.

The vehicle involved is described as a gun metal steel grey 1 Series BMW.

Descriptions

  • The driver is described as a white man, aged approximately in his late fifties.
  • The passenger was a woman, also aged in her late fifties, and there was a child in the back seat of the car.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Emily Dover of Buckingham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“This incident was distressing for the rider and the horse sustained injuries which are now requiring treatment.

“The driver had a total disregard for the welfare of the horse and the rider after driving off at the scene.

“We would therefore encourage anyone who knows anything about this incident to get in touch.

“We also believe that this vehicle may have been seen and potentially recorded on dash-cam footage before or after this incident.

“The vehicle was travelling from Thornton and turning left when the incident happened.”

Please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference URN 933 (16/6) or make a report online.

If you do not wish to speak directly with police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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