Two ponies killed in road crash

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 November 2010

Motorbike incident on 16/10/10 at Southern Road near the Emouth Town Amateur Football Club. The road was closed off for a period around 1.30pm. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 4139-42-10AW

Motorbike incident on 16/10/10 at Southern Road near the Emouth Town Amateur Football Club. The road was closed off for a period around 1.30pm. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 4139-42-10AW

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A PONY was put down and another one killed instantly when a car hit the two animals on a main road outside Weston.

The driver of the car, believed to be a woman, was left shocked but called police after crashing into the ponies on the A370 between Puxton and Congresbury on October 28.

Officers arriving at about 9pm closed the road for two hours to remove the dead pony and humanely put down the second, which was left in severe pain following the collision.

It is believed the ponies were part of a herd of four which escaped from a road-facing field.

Police suspect someone fly-tipping earlier in the evening had left a gate open, allowing the animals to get out.

The dumping of rubbish in fields and in road lay-bys along the A370 and connecting roads has long been an issue for community leaders.

Last month parish councillors in Puxton and Hewish set fly-tipping as the number one priority for police.

Officers responded by saying they would increase patrols and continue to use a neighbourhood crime deterrent called Farm Rural Watch.

The scheme is based on people ringing each other and police to warn of incidents of crimes and suspicious vehicles or people in the area.

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