Horses on the loose in vil­lage

Aban­doned an­i­mals es­cap­ing fields

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ABAN­DONED horses run­ning loose into the path­way of cars has be­come a ‘real prob­lem’ in a vil­lage.

Horse own­ers have been leav­ing their an­i­mals in other peo­ple’s fields.

The horses then es­cape onto the high­ways at night, leav­ing po­lice to chase them down.

Iver parish coun­cil­lor Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly said it was a ‘real prob­lem’ but she had worked with Sgt Lucy Price, from the Iver team, to find a so­lu­tion.

She said: “Po­lice were hav­ing to chase horses off the high­way in the south of the county at night.

“Po­lice then could only keep them in fields or some­one’s gar­den.”

Sgt Price spoke to the CID in Hert­ford­shire to get ad­vice after it found a so­lu­tion by keep­ing them in a yard.

Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said it cost £100 to keep a horse in a yard.

“If they are not claimed or in­jured it is de­stroyed,” she added. “I make no bones about that.

“If they are fit, well and healthy they can be re­homed. It’s about keep­ing mo­torists safe and equine safety.”

A dozen horses were con­fis­cated, though Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said about half of those are from the same of­fend­ers dump­ing horses in a field.

“It is te­dious but this teaches them a les­son,” she said. “If they want them back it costs £500600 a horse.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the gov­ern­ment are now ‘very keen’ to talk to Sgt Lucy Price due to the suc­cess of the scheme.

Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said she could not dis­close the lo­ca­tion of the yard, as it had taken time to find one that could be used for the scheme be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns.

This is not the only is­sue with horses in Iver, Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly added.

Chil­dren aged as young as six or seven have been caught rid­ing horses on the high­ways too.

“They are pos­ing an ex­cep­tion­ally high risk to mo­torists and pedestrains,” she said.

“Po­lice do not have a huge amount of power to do any­thing at the mo­ment. I have said to them we need to sit down and write a pol­icy.

“We will work Iver to do that.”

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