Horses perish in Stanford-le-Hope barn blaze

Police are appealing for information about a fire at a barn in Stanford-le-Hope which left six horses dead.

Officers were called to a fire at Stanford Stables off Stanford Road between 7pm and 7.30pm on Sunday March 22.

The fire caused a five-figure sum of damage to the barn and two vehicles and six horses died.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and police are looking to hear from anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour at the address or nearby.

Samantha Price, the owner of the horses, said: “I am devastated, they were family horses that we’ve had for many years.

“I was contacted by people living close to the barn and when I arrived, I just broke down in tears.

“The community has really supported me with kind words and gestures. I urge anyone with information to please contact police.”

Police would also like to hear from anyone who dash cam at around the time of the incident.

Call Grays CID on 101 quoting crime reference 42/47557/20 or report information by visiting www.essex.police.uk.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Mick Ferris

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