Illegal horses are seized from fields

More illegally grazing horses have been seized in the south east of the county in a joint operation.

Northumberland County Council launched an operation to seize illegally grazing horses in areas of Ashington, Bedlington and Newbiggin last week.

Environmental enforcement officers, assisted by GRC Equine Bailiffs and supported by Northumbria Police, seized 18 illegally grazing horses from across the county.

Eight horses were taken from the Welfare Field in Ashington, five from Plessey Woods Country Park and Hartford Bridge Travellers’ Site in Bedlington, and five from Newbiggin, during the seizures in the morning of Thursday, August 14.

One of the horses seized from Newbiggin had been taken during the council’s first seizure operation in November 2013 and subsequently returned to its owner.

No injuries were sustained to people or horses and there were no arrests.

Seizure notices have been placed on the land or delivered to the known owners.

Last month five illegally grazing horses were removed from the Ashington and Choppington areas in a similar operation.