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Illegal motorist chased down by police in horseback

A motorist was left with a long face when he was chased down in his car - by police on horseback.

Mounted officers were forced to give chase after they tried to stop a car in Bristol city centre but the driver tried to get away.

Once they managed to stop the vehicle, the driver was then found to have no license or insurance. Drugs and a knife were also recovered.

The incident, was put out on Twitter yesterday by an officer, who then went on to explain what happened to local paper The Bristol Post.

Avon and Somerset Police horses Credit: Avon

Understanding the 'true value' of our mounted police

The value of mounted police is being looked at by academics in Gloucestershire who are placing them in places they don't normally patrol and gauging the public's reaction.

Early indications are that the public are positive about the value of mounted police patrols.

The research is being carried out by RAND Europe and Oxford University.

DCC Rod Hansen, the national lead for mounted policing says the research is vital in understanding the value of mounted policing in the UK.

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How important are our mounted police?

How valuable are police horses? Academics have been trying to find out by carrying out research in Gloucestershire.It's involved putting mounted police in areas where they normally don't patrol, and then gauging public reaction.

Early indications are that the public are positive about the value of mounted police patrols.

The research is being carried out by RAND Europe and Oxford University.

The initial findings are highly encouraging at this stage. Based on observational data, people are six times more likely to notice mounted police officers than foot patrols and the survey shows that seeing mounted police is consistently associated with higher levels of trust and confidence. Of course, this is just one part of a much wider project and we are looking forward to collating all the results and drilling down into the detail.

– Dr Chris Giacomantonio from RAND Europe and Oxford University.