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Horse concern at ‘lynch mob’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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VILLAGERS are being urged to drop any ‘lynch mob’ uprising as police confirm they will not investigate the death of a horse spooked by a firework.

Derbyshire police cannot prove what type of firework was set off in Overseal, and will not be taking the investigation into the death of nine-year-old mare, Gracie, any further.

It comes as Councillor Steve Frost, who represents Overseal on South Derbyshire District Council, spoke at an Overseal Parish Council meeting, worried for the safety of the owner of the firework, after he described messages left on a social networking site similar to that of a ‘lynch mob’.

He said: “There had been lots of calls to the police, but we have to let the appropriate authorities deal with. There shouldn’t be this ‘lynch mob’. It needs to be investigated properly.”

Kirsty Youart spoke to the Mail after her horse was found seriously injured after a firework set off the previous night caused panic among the six horses in a field, off Valley Road. The animal was put down.

Witnesses described hearing a loud bang that ‘shook windows’, louder than that of a regular firework would be expected to make, they said, leading to suspicions the device could have surpassed the 120-decibel UK limit.

The police have now revealed they are not investigating the incident, saying that no name was ever reported to them and the force would be unable to prove what type of firework it was.

Susan Tubey, of Lullington Road, Overseal: “Police said there will be no investigation because they can’t prove what type of fireworks were used and that’s it’s going to be passed on to our PCSO. It’s ridiculous, you only have to ask people in the village. My children were frightened to death.

“Everybody round here is unhappy about it and thought there would be a police investigation, but there isn’t. I’m not going to let it drop.”

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