Essex mounted police could go

Essex Police announce plans to scrap mounted unit

Police horses in Essex could go

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Horses at work in Southend Credit: ITV Meridian

Essex Police has announced plans to scrap it's mounted section to save around £600,000.

The Force says due to cuts in funding from the Government and other financial pressures it has to save more than £42.2 million by 2014.

The mounted section consists of nine officers, eight horses and two other police staff.

If the move does go ahead the unit would go in September.

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Horses patrol Southend seafront Credit: ITV Meridian

The Force says it's consulting with affected staff at the moment.

Police horses only returned to the streets of Essex in 2008 after an absence of nine years.