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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.


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.


Traffic warning for horse fair

Horses paraded at the annual fair in Wickham Credit: PA Wire

The Wickham horse fair will take place in The Square on Monday 20, May where horses are bought and sold.

The fair is traditionally run by members of the travelling community who come from across the the country to trade the animals and parade them.

Hampshire Police has warned of the possible traffic disruption that will see several roads in Wickham closed from 5am until 8pm due to crowds and horses.

Permits have been given to residents to allow them to get to their homes through the closures.

Chief Inspector Andy Houghton said: "This event is steeped in history for Wickham and we have been working closely with Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, Wickham Parish Council and other agencies to help maintain a safe environment for visitors and residents to enjoy the day."

The Grand National - competitors head for Aintree

Three horses from the region are in preparation for the weekend's Grand National at Aintree.

Tatenen, whose stables are in Storrington in Sussex journeys for the racecourse later today to take part in the steeplechase. Berkshire-based horses Soll, and the Nicky Henderson trained - Roberto Goldback - will also feature in the horse racing event.

Police horses in Essex could go

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.

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.

Showjumping Derby meeting starts at Hickstead

Showjumping meeting starts at Sussex showground today Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people are expected to converge on Hickstead Showground in Sussex over the next few days as the British Showjumping Derby meeting starts today.

The Derby itself where riders tackle the famous bank will be held in the International arena on Sunday afternoon.

Hickstead Derby bank Credit: ITV Meridian
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