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First female horse for Northumbria Police's Mounted Section for over a century

Police horse Penelope, who is the Mounted Section's first female horse for over a century Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police's Mounted Section has welcomed its first female recruit in 160 years.

Police horse Penelope - stable name Bella - joined the force in August and is now set to hit the streets for the first time.

Penelope, who is ten years old, will begin helping officers deal with anti-social behaviour and the policing of large-scale events.

Even although she's working in a male-dominated environment, the officers who work with her say she's slotting in well with the boys.

Incredibly, she is believed to be the first mare to ever be recruited by Northumbria Police so she brings a bit of diversity to the stables.

– Sergeant Stuart Coates
Penelope will be policing large-scale events Credit: Northumbria Police

Sergeant Stuart Coates, head of the Mounted Section, has revealed she is the first mare to wear the uniform.

He said: "Penelope is the first recruit to the team in a while and she has already made a great impression.

"Incredibly, she is believed to be the first mare to ever be recruited by Northumbria Police so she brings a bit of diversity to the stables.

"She is full of character and is fitting in well with the boys.

"We are expecting big things from her and if you see her policing the streets we would encourage you to come and say hello."