Police hunting hit-and-run driver who left pony fatally injured

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The verderers offer a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of hit-and-run drivers

POLICE are hunting a hit-and-run driver who left a New Forest pony so badly hurt it had to be put down.

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The incident happened on the B3054 between Hilltop and the Heath roundabout at 7pm on Friday evening.

A piece of white wing mirror came from a Ford Fiesta registered between 2008 and 2017

The pony, which suffered injuries to its rear leg and head, had to be destroyed by an agister.

A piece of white wing mirror was found nearby and it was later confirmed it came from a Ford Fiesta registered between 2008 and 2017.

A spokesperson for the verderers said: “This has been reported to us as a hit-and-run involving a grey filly that sadly had to be destroyed.”

Waterside police officers tweeted: “If you were involved or know of a vehicle missing part of a wing mirror contact the Waterside team on 101 with details so we can deal with it.”

The piece of wing mirror was found hear the accident scene

The verderers offer a £5,000 reward for anyone providing information leading to the conviction of hit-and-run drivers who injure or kill New Forest livestock.

The reward scheme previously offered up to £1,000, but a cash injection from the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society, the Commoners’ Defence Association and international charity World Horse Welfare resulted in a five-fold hike in 2017.

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