Council detain more illegally grazing horses

More illegally grazing horses have been detained in Northumberland.

In an operation led by Northumberland County Council, supported by Northumbria Police, the illegally grazing horses were impounded in the early hours of Monday, September 14.

One horse was detained at Wansbeck Business Park in Ashington, two in Seghill, two in Lynemouth and one in Newbiggin.

No arrests were made and seizure notices have been placed on the land or delivered to known horse owners.

Any owner wishing to reclaim a detained horse has 96 hours from the time of seizure to do so, on payment of the necessary costs.

The operation, conducted in association with landowners Arch and The Crown Estate, was the first action to be taken by the council under the Animals Act 1971 as amended by the Control of Horses Act 2015.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “It is vital that we uphold a strict policy concerning the possession of horses and where owners choose to let them graze.

“Illegally tethered horses can present a danger to the public and to the horse itself if it escapes in an area without sufficient security.

“We have worked with partnership agencies to counteract the number of seizures in this area, providing clear instructions to owners.”