A pony that was believed to have been pushed to its death in a lake in Hampshire died accidentally.Really? My, that was a quick change of direction, wasn't it?
Hampshire police received conflicting stories about what happened, but said on Monday that the pony had died in an accident.In other words, having two conflicting stories, the police chose to believe the one that's most politically convenient? Having already given official credence to the animal abuse tack in their statements?
Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson said: "There would have been a number of people around at the time, including dog walkers, runners, cyclists, fishermen and other members of the public.Why should they contact you, Sarah, when you've apparently made up your mind it was an accident?
"I would urge anyone who was in the area of Hawley Lake at the time, heard or saw what took place at the lake, or who has any information about this incident to contact us as soon as possible."
Which is rather curious. Because, at the time, your police spokesman seemed rather clear on what had happened:
Police spokesman Alan Smith added: ‘When the attempt to push a second and third pony into the lake failed, the group of people drove them and their traps away in the direction of Yateley.Perhaps someone heard rather too much from witnesses, and decided it would be better not to ask too many questions?
‘There were a number of people around at the time including dog walkers and fishermen and we would like to hear from witnesses.’
Certainly, a commenter on the 'Mail' thread, one 'John, from Reading', seems to believe it to be an accident:
"This story is awfully inaccurate and rather spiteful, bordering on racism. I spoke to a friend who works at the lake, teaching sailing, last night and he told me the horses were taken into the water to cool off after a hot ride. Apparently this is a common practice, although it was rather stupid to do it in a gravel pit."Rather stupid to do it without taking them out of the harness too. And then to flee the scene of the 'accident'...