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Horse was rescued at Woodnook in 1968

Fifty years ago, planks, ropes and a fire hose were used to save a horse that fell into a disused reservoir sump at Woodnook.

The horse, called Prince, had fallen in the previous night and when discovered by a farm worker, only its nose and forelegs were visible over the edge of the sump.

For two hours, police, firemen and farm workers fought to free the animal from the 15ft sump.

It was a tricky job as the frightened animal could easily have broken a leg or suffered other injuries.

An RSPCA inspector admitted he had a humane killer in his pocket, just in case.


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