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Police are investigating after a horse was found dead in a field in Greater Manchester. It is thought he may have been frightened by fireworks.

Twenty-two-year-old Duke was found dead in his field on Cedar Avenue, Stalybridge on 26 October. His rug was ripped and tatty.

Two days later his fieldmate, Shamrock, was found in a distressed state – with his rug covered in burn marks and rips.

Fireworks wrappers and a burnt taper were also found in the field.

Police told H&H a thorough investigation is underway.

Anyone with information should contact the police. Tel: 0161 872 5050