ESSEX Police have announced that there will be no charges in relation to the sexual assault and death of a pony in North Stifford.
The attack happened in May. At the time it was reported that the pony died after two men got into the stables at Kemps Farm on Stifford Hill, North Stifford. It was then alleged that the horse was sexually assaulted it and then hacked to death.
The owner of the horse managed to detain one of the men at the scene. Over the next few weeks, four men were arrested and questioned by police.
By September only one man remained on police bail but it was announced today that there would be no charges preferred at all in the case.
The incident caused horror and outrage among the community in general and the equine community in particular.
It led to local MP Jackie Doyle Price to ask questions in the House of Commons regarding convictions under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.