A horse has died from injuries suffered when as arsonist set its stable building alight in Leicester, England.
The blaze also injured another horse, and may be linked to a similar stable blaze in the same area around the same time, according to Leicester police.
Police appealed on Friday for witnesses to either of the fires.
Both stable fires were reported to the fire service around 4am on Monday, December 30 – one in Diseworth Lane and the other in nearby Hemington Hill.
Both fires caused significant damage. As a result of the Diseworth Lane fire, two horses received injuries and one died from its injuries.
“We believe that both of these fires were started deliberately and we have a criminal investigation into both incidents,” Constable Jason Underwood said.
“These fires have a caused a great distress for the owners of the two horses involved and also the owners of the stables, who now have to rebuild.
“We have already made members of the Farmwatch and Horsewatch initiatives aware, advised local residents about security and carried out extra patrols, but we would urge anyone who has any information at all about what happened to please get in touch.”