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A52 closed after injured horse found on road at Bottesford

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The A52 was closed for around five hours this morning when an injured horse was found on the road.

The road was closed between Bingham and Barrowby from about 4am.

Leicestershire Police said: "Officers were called to the A52 in Bottesford at 1.55am today (Wednesday 22 June) after a horse was reported to have been found injured in the road. Sadly the horse subsequently died.

A horse has been reported killed in an A52 accident. (57476860)
A horse has been reported killed in an A52 accident. (57476860)

"It’s believed the horse may have injured itself before running onto the A52. It was not involved in a collision with any vehicles. The owner was contacted and the horse was removed from the road and the carriageway was re-opened."

One witness posted on Facebook: "Just driven down the A52 past Bottesford. There is blood all over the road and a poor horse lying in the back of a truck. I presume it's died but not sure. It just looks so awful and sad."

Martyn Bucalossi, who works for Melton Borough Council, said: "I was flagged down by a lady this morning at 05.45 near to the A52 at Bottesford. She seemed very upset and asked me if I’d seen a loose horse on my travels, she mentioned that the horse had damaged the gate of the field and got out somehow.

"As she didn’t have a phone on her I let her borrow mine to call the police 999, however they asked her to call 101 Crimestoppers which she said she would when she got home."

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