POLICE are investigating an incident after a fell pony was shot with a firearm. 

Officers say the fell pony was shot near Salterwath in Shap. 

Police would like to identify and speak to three men in a small white Peugeot van who were seen in the area as part of the enquiry.

The incident happened between May 3 and May 4.

Officers say the fell pony had to be put down by a vet. 

If you have any information please call 101 and ask for PC 2174 Tom Woolley. 

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.