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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.

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.

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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.

Labour: FSA may not have visited all horsemeat plants

It is still not clear if investigators from the Food Standards Agency have visited some cutting plants where horsemeat is highly suspected of being stored, Labour's shadow environment secretary has said.

Mary Creagh said the Government needs to be clearer about how its own investigations into the scandal are progressing with different criminal gangs operating across Europe.

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Police appeal for information about missing 14-year-old

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl missing from Keighley. Klaudia Gallayasova, was last seen by her father at 9am on Friday March 29th, leaving her home address on Selbourne Grove in Keighley.

Missing Klaudia Gallayasova Credit: West Yorkshire Police

She is known to have contacts in the Birmingham area. Klaudia is of Slovakian descent, around 5ft 1 inches tall, of thin build, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a silver padded jacket, green jeans, white and grey trainers, carrying a white small shoulder bag.

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