Oswaldtwistle roaming horses a danger to the public

First published in Oswaldtwistle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

HORSES let loose to roam a neighbourhood are posing a danger, according to a councillor.

The animals are being regularly spotted in Oswaldtwistle where they have upset a number of people in the New Lane area.

Complaints to councillors and police officers say the animals are creating a traffic hazard and damaging the pitch at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel Cricket Club.

Police said they were investigating after receiving a number of complaints, and urged the public to get in touch with any information about who may own them.

Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe said: “They have been seen running down New Lane, which is clearly a traffic hazard.

"It is also clearly dangerous for them to be let loose on their own. If they came across somebody unexpectedly or were surprised by a child, they could be frightened and kick out or bolt.

“I think it is a problem that must be dealt with as a matter of urgency and I hope the police get to the bottom of who owns them.”

Paul Dignan, of Immanuel Cricket Club, said the horses had made their way onto the club’s field a dozen times in a matter of weeks.

He said: “They are going right into the middle on to the cricket square which is making a lot of extra work for the grounds staff.”

Sgt Craig Shaw, from Accrington police, said: “Police officers are collating evidence with a view to summonsing the owners for allowing horses to run loose on the highway.

“We plan to present evidence to the court and urge any members of the public who have any evidence to add or who have concerns to get in touch.”

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10:54am Thu 26 Jan 12

Lifeinthemix says...

Sgt Craig Shaw, from Accrington police, said: “Police officers are collating evidence with a view to summonsing the owners for allowing horses to run loose on the highway.

Well we let the police run riot on the highways which is a danger to the public purse, so why not horses?

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=JSwfLlpJ
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Sgt Craig Shaw, from Accrington police, said: “Police officers are collating evidence with a view to summonsing the owners for allowing horses to run loose on the highway. Well we let the police run riot on the highways which is a danger to the public purse, so why not horses? https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=JSwfLlpJ eV8 Lifeinthemix
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4:35pm Thu 26 Jan 12

Parly says...

How does that video show the police running riot on the highways like loose horses?
How does that video show the police running riot on the highways like loose horses? Parly
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12:49pm Fri 27 Jan 12

harrythehamster says...

Get the French in to sort it out.BANG BANG.Problem solved & very tasty too!
Get the French in to sort it out.BANG BANG.Problem solved & very tasty too! harrythehamster
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8:03pm Fri 27 Jan 12

tenerc says...

simple way to find out who owns them,

next time there is a call about them, send out a police car catch them, tie them up, call out the police horse unit/rspca to come and pick them up.

then when somebody phones up, "me orse as gon missin" yes we have them, who are you?
simple way to find out who owns them, next time there is a call about them, send out a police car catch them, tie them up, call out the police horse unit/rspca to come and pick them up. then when somebody phones up, "me orse as gon missin" yes we have them, who are you? tenerc
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9:44pm Fri 27 Jan 12

wulver says...

cant really see police wanting to be bothered with this because if you ring them when you've actually caught the person doing some sort of injustice, they just talk to you like your the perpetrator and would rather be queing at a fast food drive thru or doing their shopping in a tax payer funded vehicle, enuff said.......
cant really see police wanting to be bothered with this because if you ring them when you've actually caught the person doing some sort of injustice, they just talk to you like your the perpetrator and would rather be queing at a fast food drive thru or doing their shopping in a tax payer funded vehicle, enuff said....... wulver
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