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Norfolk Police start horseback patrols

Norfolk Police patrolling rural areas on horseback Photo: ITV Anglia

A team of special constables in Norfolk are cracking down on countryside crime by patrolling rural areas on horseback. The horses' role will be non-confrontational, but officers believe their presence will increase communication and reduce criminal activity.

This is the first time the force has used mounted horses for decades, but unlike those used by Essex Police, these will not be used to control riots or public order. Officers hope that by being on horseback it will encourage people in the community to approach them, and in turn perhaps talk to them about any incidents or concerns.

Three officers will patrol the South Norfolk area, and one in North Norfolk and if successful the scheme could roll out to other counties too.