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Newcastle horse punch man claims to be 'animal lover'

The man seen punching a police horse during the football violence in Newcastle at the weekend has insisted he is an animal lover.

Barry Rogerson, 45, from Morpeth in Northumberland, was caught on camera lashing out at a police horse before he was hauled to the ground by officers.

Read: Police horse 'fine' after football fan punch attempt

Speaking to newspapers today, the unemployed factory worker accepted he acted stupidly, but said the horse startled him and made him panic.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I reacted stupidly. I did not go out to attack a horse.

"I love animals - I've got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road."

He said the pictures made the incident look worse than it was but that he had no excuse.

Police horse Bud 'wasn't hurt ' in football fan attack

A West Yorkshire Police horse who was attacked in football riots at the weekend is back recovering in his paddock today. This was Bud at home in Wakefield this morning - after his ordeal in Newcastle yesterday

He was controlling crowds at the Newcastle versus Sunderland match when a fan apparently tried to punch him. His alleged attacker was arrested and bailed. Bud's handlers say he's now doing well.

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