A fire that is thought to have killed a horse and around 50 pigeons in Northumberland is being treated as arson.
Emergency services were called out at 12.30am on Saturday after reports of a fire at the allotments at Marshes Houses in West Sleekburn.
The blaze was brought under control by fire crews but it caused “significant damage” to a caravan and neighbouring stables on the land.
Police said two horses were removed from the stables but it is believed that one of them has now died.
It is also thought that around 50 pigeons were killed in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is being investigated and is believed to have been started deliberately.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Please help us find person responsible for fire which has left a horse and around 50 pigeons dead.
“Two horses have been removed but sadly it is believed one of the horses has died. It’s is believed 50 pigeons may have also died.
“We are investigating the fire and are treating it as a malicious ignition.”
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