Lancashire Constabulary has apologised after an officer linked horse slashing crimes to Pagan rituals.
A spokesman acknowledged offence had been caused after official complaints.
He said: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone who has been offended; this was certainly not our intention . The comments made are not a reflection of the views of Lancashire Constabulary as a whole.
“Lancashire Constabulary encourages an open and inclusive culture and celebrates the diversity of our workforce and communities”