London police say horses running loose have been recaptured

World Wednesday 24/April/2024 14:23 PM
By: DW
London police say horses running loose have been recaptured

London: At least two horses that were seen pacing through the streets of central London have been recaptured, the City of London police said on Wednesday.

The animals, wearing saddles and bridles, were seen racing along the Strand this morning, the BBC reported, which also said the horses belonged to one of the most senior regiments in the British Army.

The horses skirted rush hour traffic this morning, but the spooked animals also hit a taxi and a number of other vehicles, according to British media outlets.

The British Army said that the horses escaped during routine exercise this morning but had been recovered and returned to camp. "A number of personnel and horses have been injured and are receiving the appropriate medical attention," it said.

The London Ambulance Service said they were called around 8:25 a.m. (0825 GMT) to reports of a person being thrown from a horse near Buckingham Palace Road.

City of London Police, the force in charge of the capital's financial district, said they were called at around 8:40 a.m. (0740 GMT) to reports about horses on the loose.

It later said in a statement that officers have "contained two horses on the Highway near Limehouse," adding that they were "waiting for an Army horse box to collect the horses and transport them to veterinary care."

London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement "We're pleased to confirm that all of the horses have been accounted for. We are continuing to liaise with the army."