Wickford: Owner Prosecuted After Horses Stray

8 October 2013, 11:33 | Updated: 8 October 2013, 13:16

A horse owner who let four horses stray onto the road in Wickford is going to be prosecuted.

The man was traced as the owner of three of the horses, after they were found in the early hours of Monday 23rd September on the A132, Nevendon Road.

Officers from Laindon road policing unit managed to round up the four horses on to a footpath until they were safely removed by a police contractor.

Three of the animals were found to be owned by a 30-year-old man from the Wickford area. He was interviewed and will be summoned to court for allowing animals to stray on the highway, under Section 155 of the Highways Act.

Police are still trying to trace the owner of the fourth horse involved.

Sgt Mark Ammon, from Laindon road policing unit, said: "We are aware of the risk that straying animals cause to road users and take this matter very seriously.

"We will always endeavour to investigate these incidents and where appropriate prosecute those owners that allow their animals to stray.

"We have yet to confirm the owner of the horses so tragically killed in the incident on the A127 during the early hours of September 14 and would renew our appeal for information in relation to this incident. The male driver involved in this incident continues his recovery in hospital."