A horse has been left with facial injuries after being attacked in a field in South Godstone, Surrey last weekend.

Lulu, a 15hh piebald mare, was attacked between 1.30am and 9am on Sunday 1 June at Whyte Gate Farm on Tillburstow Hill Road.

It is thought that the offenders entered the field and held the 10-year-old mare by the neck before stubbing out cigarettes on her face.

PC Nick Shrapel told H&H: “Lulu is such a friendly horse and always goes up to humans. The family are devastated by the attack.”

Lulu’s owners alerted the police on Sunday morning when they noticed she was behaving out of character and would not come across from the opposite side of the field to greet them. They then realised she had injuries to her face and neck.

PC Shrapel added: “I saw Lulu on Monday following the incident and despite her nasty injuries she appears to be recovering well.

“Due to the location of the field it would not have been seen from the road but we are appealing to anyone who may have heard anything. Somebody locally might know what happened.”

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 0845 1252222.