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Escaped Horses Cause Troubling Incident on the Road

Police are now investigating a serious and rather horrific incident which took place 4 August near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

21 army horses got out of their field at the Defence Animal Training Centre at about 11.15pm. They then made their way seven miles along the main road to Six Hills where people later located and secured them. Unfortunately, several of the horses had collisions with vehicles on the road before people could bring them to safety.

Cars Charged by Horses

Lorraine Howitt was travelling in her mother’s car in the area and found herself involved in the incident when the horses appeared without warning. She has reported that her mother’s car appears to have been written-off. Mother and daughter almost had a collision head-on with an oncoming car as the horses ran at them. The animals then charged at them. The horses shattered the car’s windows, spraying glass across the cabin and over Lorraine.

Ms Howitt feels that the incident could have killed her. She says that the event has shaken her mother. She discovered horsehair caught in the front grill of the car and she feared that the horses must have been seriously injured.

Rounding Up the Horses

Several people helped to round up the horses and the police have thanked them for their efforts. The horses had all been captured by 2am and surprisingly none were thought to have sustained a serious injury. All of the road users caught up in the stampede escaped uninjured, but several people were suffering from shock.

Information Required

The police wish to speak to anyone who was involved in the incident but has not yet reported this. The army have stated that they are aware of the incident. They have refused to comment further as the episode is under police investigation.

It will be interesting to see if the horses were deliberately released by someone looking to cause mischief or if the animals escaped by accident when army personal were accessing the field legitimately. Hopefully the police will be able to get to the bottom of the incident and the army will improve the security of their animals.


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