FOUR ponies have been killed after a crash in the New Forest last night (December 31).

The incident happened on Roger Penny Way.

Police have warned drivers to take "extreme care to avoid further incidents".

A statement posted on Hampshire Constabulary's Countrywatch team Twitter account said: "Another three horses have been hit and killed tonight on Roger Penny Way.

"Animals are on the Forest Roads licking the salt that has been freshly laid. Please take extreme care to avoid any further incidents."

A later post confirmed a fourth pony casualty and stated: "Unfortunately it would appear that there were four casualties not three. The fourth horse initially ran from the incident."

This latest incidents comes after two sheep died on the B3078 on December 28 and three weeks after three donkeys were killed on the same road.