Horses on the loose a worry – MP

Wanbeck MP Ian Lavery has been assured by the House of Commons that the problem of stray horses in his constituency will be considered by officials from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Leader of the House Andrew Lansley said he shared his concern at the dangers stray horses can pose to motorists and local residents.

He promised Mr Lavery that he would draw his concerns to the attention of Defra officials.

Earlier Mr Lavery had told Parliamentary colleagues that recently there had been what he called “an explosion of irresponsible horse ownership” in and around his constituency.

He said: “If this problem is not tackled effectively and efficiently by local authorities not just in Wansbeck but elsewhere in the country, we will see loss of life or serious injury.”