Eyewitness accounts suggest firearms officers chased the horses in 4x4s, and stood on the vehicle roofs firing 'cowboy & indian style'. One horse was, it's claimed, shot 19 times. Here is a report from a local resident who claims to have witnessed the shooting:
"The police had not been there all day, they turned up at around 4.30pm, the first horse was shot, the second a chestnut pony which was not wild (just petrified) was chased around until it was shattered and could have been easily caught, to the police it was like fun target practice stood on top of their 4x4's like dukes of hazzard, one marksman shot the horses in its rear leg off above the hock, shattering the leg into pieces, the horses leg was hanging off, the horse got up in sheer distress, this horse must have been in absolute agony, then another markman shot its other front leg clean off, the horse still struggling about, then got shot another 19 times, the last shot in the horses head, some 25 mins after its back leg was shot to pieces."
I do hope the reports are exaggerated - and I'd very much like to hear from any readers in the area who have any information, photos, video etc.
UPDATE: I see there's plenty of discussion of this on various forums, including some people who drop hints that they're in the know and then back off quick with the excuse it could get them into trouble. If you've got the facts, and won't share them, you can hardly blame the dastardly press for not having the facts now, can you?! For the record, I'm happy to be briefed 'off the record' - you'll not find anyone who ever gave me info on those terms who I've subsequently dropped in it!