MYSTERY surrounds the death of a horse which was discovered on a beach in Hartlepool.
Police and council staff were alerted after walkers on the beach near to Brus Tunnel made the grim discovery of the horse carcass at around 12.40pm on Saturday.
Around an hour after the find in a storm drain on the beach, a man contacted police reporting a missing horse, and confirmed the carcass on the beach was his animal when he was told of the discovery and went to investigate.
Police liaised with Hartlepool Borough Council staff who went back to the spot yesterday with specialist equipment to remove the carcass, only to find it was no longer there.
Police officers launched an investigation after the find on Saturday but confirmed they don’t know how the brown and white horse, which was said to have been tethered at Oaksway Industrial Estate, ended up at the beach.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We got a call at around 12.40 pm on Saturday after somebody on the beach reported that they could see a dead horse.
“Around an hour later a member of the public reported a missing horse and went to the beach to check it out and confirmed that was his horse.”
A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman confirmed they were alerted of the find, saying: “We went to the site with specialist equipment to remove the horse on Monday morning, but it had gone.”