'Single shot killed beautiful horse' NEWS IN BRIEF.
A HORSE has been shot dead in what has been described as a "truly awful offence" by police.
An investigation has been launched by North Wales Police after rural crime officers discovered the body of the horse at a field by Hope Mountain in Caergwrle, Flintshire.
The body of the brown horse was discovered lying on its side on Sunday with a single gunshot wound to its chest.
It is believed the attack took place overnight and it is not yet known who owns the animal.
Tweets published by the North Wales Rural Crime Team said: "Sad to report a horse shot dead in a field near Hope Mountain overnight. Truly awful offence.
"We need information as to who would do this."
They added: "Single shot killed this beautiful horse. So sad.
"We need the public's help. Someone will know and this is a truly awful offence."
Contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with any information.