Britain’s biggest police horse retires

Clyde and Sargent Paul Johnson.

Clyde and Sergeant Paul Johnson.

Giant Clyde could never be accused of being a lightweight when it came to his police duties.

Now, the giant one-tonne horse, who stands at 19 hands, is off to retirement with The Horse Trust, in Britain.

Clyde, a thoroughbred cross chestnut gelding, is retiring after more than 10 years with Cleveland Police in north-east England and heads for the trust’s green pastures this week.

Clyde, officially known as Stranton, was retired because of arthritis.

“Clyde has been with the Force for over 10 years, during which time he has been a magnificent police horse,” Sergeant Paul Johnson, from the Cleveland Police Mounted Section, said.

“He has worked at Remembrance Day parades and has taken part in policing hundreds of football matches. He also represented Cleveland Police at the Lord Mayor’s parade in Liverpool 2009. He will be missed by all the staff at the Mounted Section.”


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