Horse dies after falling into Downham Market manhole

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A horse had to be put down after becoming trapped in a manhole in Downham early this morning, Thursday, November 6.

Crews from Downham and Lynn, plus an urban search and rescue unit, were called to the courtyard of the old cinema site on London Road shortly after 4am on Thursday, after the animal broke in and fell into the hole.

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue service spokesman said the horse had been trapped by its forequarters and the crews had had to take down a wall in order to free the animal.

She added that the horse had tried to stand up after it was freed, but had been unable to stay on its feet.

She said a vet who had been called to the scene made the decision to put the horse down because of the extent of its injuries. The owner has not yet been traced.