MURROW: Three-day-old foal stolen in broad daylight
THIS is the first foal bred by a Fenland horse lover – but it was stolen in broad daylight just three days after it was born. The foal was so young that Tanya Barnes hadn t even given it a name. But its disappearance from a field in Murrow has left a mare
THIS is the first foal bred by a Fenland horse lover - but it was stolen in broad daylight just three days after it was born.
The foal was so young that Tanya Barnes hadn't even given it a name.
But its disappearance from a field in Murrow has left a mare distressed and Miss Barnes pleading for its return.
Miss Barnes said: "My horses are my life and I never expected something like this to happen. It just makes it worse that it is the first foal I've ever bred.
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"The mare is gutted. She keeps running up and down the field and she is going ballistic because the foal has gone."
The foal, a Dutch warmblood cross, was born last Monday and was last seen by Miss Barnes at the field, in Hook's Drove, at 8am last Thursday . When she went back to the field in the evening, the foal had gone.
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Miss Barnes said: "Someone has told us a white Transit van was seen speeding away from the field just after lunchtime last Wednesday, about 1pm."
She added: "Everyone I have told - both in the horse industry and people who live locally - cannot believe someone can be so heartless and steal a three-day-old foal."
Miss Barnes, 38, of Murrow, has kept horses for 30 years. Her mare, called Rosa, is nine years old and was once ill-treated.
The foal is a chocolate-brown colour with a dark brown stripe down its back and a white star on its head.
A police spokeswoman said: "It is clearly distressing for anyone to have their animals stolen, particularly such a young animal.
"Please get in touch with Wisbech police if you have any information."
CONTACT: Police on 0845 456 4564 or Miss Barnes on 07765 656956.