Dead pony removed from river after nearly a week

Little Ouse River in Thetford. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Little Ouse River in Thetford. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

A dead pony has been removed from a Norfolk river after it was there for nearly a week.

Emergency services were called to assist police just after 10.40am on Saturday, April 27 but were stood down before arrival after a pony was discovered in the Little Ouse River near to Brandon Road, Thetford.

Breckland Council removed the pony on Thursday, May 2 after attempts were made to find the land owner responsible for the section of the river.

Residents had become concerned that the animal had been left there for the long period of time.

Issues had been raised that children may become ill if the remains were left to decompose.

A Breckland Council spokesman said: “I can confirm the deceased pony has been removed by Breckland Council to avoid the carcass being left in the area any further.”