Horse is killed by lightning

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A horse in Sulby described as ‘part of the family’ has died after being struck by lightning.

Jake was 23 years old and his owner Helen Hutchinson was distraught when told of the news.

Helen, from Jurby, said: ‘The owner of the yard called me in the night to say Jake had been struck by lightning and had been killed.

‘We’re pretty sure the lightning hit the fence next to Jake, bounced off and then hit him.

‘We had just moved him to Sulby and we were so happy. He was a lovely horse. He was 23 but you would never think it to look at him,’ said Helen.

‘He was a part of the family and it is devastating to lose him.’

Former owner Estelle Bagnall said: ‘We all loved Jake so much.’

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