Police horses return to West Midlands football matches after 20 years

Credit: West Midlands Police

Police horses have been welcomed back to football matches in the West Midlands after 20 years.

West Midlands Police says it has reintroduced specifically trained horses to help officers police fixtures this season.

"We've been grateful to other police forces for jumping in to help, with loan signings coming in from the likes of Thames Valley and Gloucestershire Constabulary", says the force.

The animals offer a height advantage so officers can see above crowds and move between people.

The force says the animals have proven to be popular among supporters at home matches for the likes of Aston Villa and Coventry.

It's hoped it will "spread policing resources appropriately while ensuring fans can enjoy games safely."

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