Morecambe the police horse died outside of Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium after being injured.
As a result he suffered a serious injury to his stomach and despite receiving urgent medical attention from a vet, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Morecambe’s rider was taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital with some injuries. It is believed he fell into the side of a horse box after Morecambe was injured.
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.
“Our thoughts remain with our injured colleague at this extremely difficult time.”
We asked for your views and here are a selection of your tributes from our Facebook page
RIP Morecambe, you and your rider did your best keeping people safe in your work.
Hope your rider is soon okay and you canter around in the land where there is no work or pain and animals are always remembered.
So sad, RIP Morcambe, thoughts for the officer and those who cared for the horse.
Shouldn’t put old hourse out that hot weather remember it’s like old person poor thing did all he did for his country. Bless him.
Rest in peace Morecambe.
Poor lad such a loss to Lancashire so sorry for the police force. They’ll be heartbroken as we all are RIP Morecambe never forgotten.
So sad R.I.P morecambe speedy recovery for the officer.
Rider will be gutted. So very sad.
It’s so sad. We hope you’re all okay and hope the rider makes a speedy recovery.
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R I P beautiful boy
How did this happen so sad and so upsetting poor horse my heart breaks.
So sad.he was such a beautiful horse.
So sad. Hope the rider is ok.
This just goes to show the dangers that our police, including the mounted section face every day.
I know this was an accident, but they are putting themselves in danger just by being out and about.
A horse is an animal and has different reactions to different situations.
Even the most experienced rider can never be 100 per cent sure of their response.
I hope the rider in rthis case is recovering well.
Poor soul didn’t deserve that bless him.
Poor man dying in the line of duty, run free big lad. RIP.
So sad R.I.P lovely boy.