Police hunt cruel attackers after horse slashed near Hawick

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An attack on a horse has been described as deliberate and cruel by police.

The animal in a field at Troweknowes Farm near Hawick suffered two large leg cuts which had to be treated by a vet.

Police say it happened on Monday or Tuesday – July 28 or 29.

Inspector Carol Wood confirmed: “These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty.

And she appealed for anyone who spotted anything suspicious in the area of the farm to come forward.

Inspector Wood added: “Give the fairly remote location of the field , those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information than can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch.”

Information can be passed to police Scotland on 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.