A SUSPECTED arson attack at a stable has resulted in the death of five horses.
In the early morning of Saturday March 19, a fire was reported at Rookery Farm stables, Rainford.
Five horses died as a result of the fire, which is believed to have been deliberate.
The nine remaining horses survived the ‘attack’ as they were in a different stable, but will now have to be rehoused as the fire caused significant damage to the stables.
The suspected arson attack is currently under investigation and a fund-raising campaign has been launched to help the farm cover the costs of the damage and the relocation of the horses.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Saturday March 19 at around 4:30 am officers were called to a report of a fire in Rainford, St Helens.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire in a barn on Rookery Farm.
“No one was injured, but five horses were unfortunately found dead in the barn.
“Further reports and investigations have indicated that the fire may have been intentional at this point.
“A joint investigation is underway between the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police and anyone with information is asked to contact police.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information can contact the police via Twitter at @MerPolCC or via Facebook at ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 22000191084.