Two emaciated ponies found in a field in Lincolnshire have been removed by the British Horse Society (BHS) and the police.

A spokesman for the BHS told H&H: “The BHS has arranged with police to rescue two horses after they were assessed by a vet in the Burghley area. The horses are currently on their way to a place of sanctuary.”

A senior welfare officer, together with Lee Hackett, head of the BHS welfare department, visited the horses following mounting public concern.

The story has escalated since 7pm last night when a concerned local resident posted pictures of the ponies on the Horse & Hound forum.

More to follow.