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Five ponies have been killed on roads in the Dartmoor National Park over the past two months and a horse charity is blaming drivers’ speed.

Drivers are speeding through the national park on the B3212, between Yelverton and Princetown, despite a 40mph speed limit.

Maureen Rolls of the South West Equine Protection Charity said the charity is campaigning for fencing along the roadside and for the speed limit to be enforced.

She said accidents escalate during the winter when road salt attracts cattle and ponies to the road.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (20 December, ’07)