Police are urging horse owners to be vigilant after a fifth horse was attacked in Stirlingshire, Scotland in a matter of weeks.

The horse was attacked in its field in the Dunipace area sometime during Friday night (13 June). All animals suffered cuts to their bodies.

Inspector Paul Fleming said: “This is the fifth attack on a horse in recent weeks and we appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

“It took some time for the owner to catch the horse as it was really frightened after what had happened to it.

“We have increased patrols in the area and as a result a number of lines of inquiry are being followed.

“This is the first time in my 26 years I have come across anything like this and it is really sad, insensitive and cruel.”

Last week H&H reported that four horses were attacked in the Bonnybridge area, one so severely injured that it had to be put down.

Anyone with any information should contact the police on 01786 456000.