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Horses break loose after horsebox crash on M25

The horsebox collided with another vehicle between junctions 9 and 8 on the M25 Credit: PA

Two horses broke loose after a horsebox was involved in a crash on the M25 in Surrey, leading to tailbacks on a busy summer holiday weekend.

The collision between the horsebox and another vehicle, possibly a white HGV, happened between junctions 9 and 8 at around 9.40am.

Traffic officers at Surrey Police said there were no human injuries. One of the two horses suffered some injuries but was still able to walk.

A driver towing an empty horsebox helped secure the loose animals at the scene as Surrey Police appealed for witnesses to the accident to call them on 101.

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Heavy Horses Help in Hastings

When it comes to bashing the bracken - what you need are some hardy horses. And so visitors to a country park on the south coast, will see Exmoor ponies, some Ardennes horses, and wild cattle - all doing their bit for nature conservation.

As David Johns found out, it's all the idea of Hastings Council. Good for tourism, it told us and good for the environment too.

He spoke to horse owner Frankie Woodgate, Murray Davidson from Hastings Borough Council, and Anna Bogg from the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust.


Appeal for new home for horses facing eviction

A horse rescue centre in Sussex has been given just weeks to find a new home, or it will have to close. If the proprietors at Free Rein Horse Rescue in Beckley don't find new premises, they may even have to put down fifteen horses and ponies. Andrea Thomas has been speaking to proprietor Claire Gerrard.

Anyone who might be able to offer land to rent is asked to call Georgia Brown on 07936 683703 or Claire on 07881 104576 or go to their donation page

Police investigate disappearance of horses

Police are investigating after four horses disappeared from a field on Woodhouse Lane in Botley overnight on Friday, February 28th.A padlock holding the gate in place had been knocked off and no reports were received of any loose horses in the area after 4pm.

Officers are investigating whether the animals were stolen. Two of the horses were 12 and 14-year-old geldings respectively. The other two were colt yearlings and difficult to handle. A total value for all four horses is thought to be around £14,000.

I’m keen to speak to anyone who was in the Woodhouse Lane area between 4pm on Friday afternoon and 6.30am the following morning. Do you recall seeing a horse box or animal style transporter? Did you see the horses loose ijn the area?”

– Sergeant Debby Holman

VIDEO: Horses rescued from flooded fields in Dorset

A herd of horses have been rescued from flood waters at Christchurch in Dorset. The animals were stranded in a flooded field, next to the fast flowing River Avon. Officers from the RSPCA eventually managed to lead them to safety, in an operation which took several hours to complete.

Officers said the complex operation near Stoney Lane in Christchurch took place in dangerous conditions. It took several hours because the animals, being wild, were uncooperative, but they were all eventually led to safety. The horses have been moved to a dry area with food and water.


Horses rescued from flooded field

Berkshire firefighters rescued the horses in Sulhampstead Credit: Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue

Berkshire firefighters from the animal rescue team at Caversham Road in Reading rescued the horses from a flooded field in Sulhampstead, near Reading.

The horses are led to safety Credit: Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue

Martin Clunes launches new horse and carriage routes

Video. He is the star of Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin and ITV's Doc Martin. But today, Martin Clunes, who lives in Dorset, has taken time out of his busy schedule for a cause he feels strongly about.

He is promoting the work of the British Horse Society and has helped them launch new carriage driving routes in the countryside for people with disabilities. Divya Kohli reports from The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire.

Seven horses rescued after trailer overturns

Some of the horses are rescued by crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Two men were injured and three horses died after a trailer carrying 10 of the animals overturned on the A303 eastbound carriageway, after colliding with a lorry.

Seven were sedated and removed by vets and expert animal rescuers but one was killed in the crash and two had to be put down.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the drivers of both vehicles were not seriously hurt.

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