Police issue warning after rounding up horses running loose


VIDEO: AFTER police were called out to round up horses running loose in the Winwick area this morning a warning has been issued to the horse-riding community about ongoing suspicious activity.

Road closures were put in place as police, assisted by members of the public, rounded up the multiple horses which were first seen running loose on Golborne Road.

They were later seen being escorted along Myddleton Lane, while barriers were erected at St Oswald’s Church in a bid to capture the horses.

A spokesperson from Cheshire Police said: “Shortly after 6am, police were called to reports of multiple horses running loose on Golborne Road, Winwick.
“Officers attended the scene to assist with road closures and securing the horses.
“They were passed back to their owner.”
Since the incident, Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team released a statement warning residents and the horse-riding community, particularly in the Winwick, Croft and Risley areas of Warrington, to ‘spread the word and stay vigilant’ after a spate of ‘suspicious activity’ in certain areas.

The Police Rural Crime Unit later issued a statement saying: “We are noticing an increase in suspicious activity in the North of the county, particularly in the Winwick, Croft and Risley areas in locations where horses are stabled. Today alone our we have had two further reports of unknown persons loitering near farms, livery yards and stables. On two occasions gates have been deliberately opened allowing horses to escape placing them at risk of injury.
“We are also aware of an increase in tack/equipment thefts at various locations in recent weeks. This afternoon our northern officer has been out visiting various locations to engage with riders/landowners to ensure that measures are put in place to increase security and encourage the horse-riding community to spread the word and be vigilant.
“We are urging you to take extra measures to secure tack rooms, mark equipment and ensure that gates are locked of a night and fences are maintained and in a good state of repair.
“More importantly we need you to report any suspicious activity to us. You can do this by:

📞 Calling 101 for non-emergency incidents
🖥️ Visit our webpage to report online: CLICK HERE
☎️ Call 999 in the event of an emergency

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