A police horse has died and its rider injured in a “tragic accident” at a football match.
Lancashire Constabulary said the horse, named Morecambe, was at the League One game between Blackpool and Fleetwood when it fell on to a metal pole.
The animal suffered a serious stomach injury and was pronounced dead at the scene on Seasiders Way on Monday.
Its rider was taken to hospital after falling into the side of a horsebox but is not thought to be seriously hurt.
A force spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the horse’s death, which happened at about 17:20 BST, and it was being treated as a “tragic accident”.
Ch Insp Sue Bushell, of Lancashire Constabulary’s mounted branch, said: “We are all completely devastated by the loss of Morecambe in such tragic circumstances.
“The horses are a big part of our police family and Morecambe will be sorely missed by his riders and many colleagues from across the force.”
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In a tweet, Blackpool FC said it was “very sad news”.