FIREFIGHTERS battled for two hours to rescue a pony that was stuck in a dyke.
Two people were riding in the trap being pulled by the pony along Baker’s Lane, just off Wimblington Road, March.

The six-year-old black mare, called Jonah, was startled when a dog barked and ended up in the steep dyke, which has 10ft banks.

A crew from March retained fire station and a rescue vehicle from Peterborough were called to the scene, as well as a vet, who administered a tranquilliser to calm the agitated animal.

Jonah was declared fit and healthy by the vet after being winched out. No one was injured during the incident.

Firefighter Stewart Smith said: “Jonah’s owner gave £100 to the firefighters after we had rescued Jonah. That money will now be donated to the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund.”