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British council seizes horses grazing around homes

The horses graze near houses. Photo: Winchester Council

The horses graze near houses. Photo: Winchester City Council

Ten horses grazing the grounds of a housing estate in Britain have been removed by authorities.

The horses were removed by Winchester City Council staff, accompanied by staff from the company GRC Bailiffs, in the early hours of Monday morning from land in West of Waterlooville following previous warnings to the animals’ owner.

The horses have been on the site for some time and the council had previously given notice to the owner that it would seize the horses if they were grazed on this land again.

The horses had repeatedly strayed into the road, posing serious road traffic hazards, and into residents’ gardens, causing nuisance, the council said.

Notices were placed on the site advising the owner that he would have to pay full costs, including any veterinary costs, in order to recover them.

He will also have to provide evidence to show that they are his horses and arrange for them to be chipped and passported if he wants them back. This action was taken under The Hampshire Act 1983.

GRC Bailiffs have over 10 years of experience in seizing horses and the council said it was pleased with the calm and efficient manner in which its staff carried out the operation.

Councillor Jan Warwick, the council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Neighbourhoods, said: “This action by the Environmental Health team sends a clear message to irresponsible elements in the region’s equine community that unauthorised and uncontrolled use of open space for the grazing of horses will not be tolerated.

“The council investigated the law, brought together the relevant agencies and carried out a textbook operation. The action will also help the Council to ensure that the horses are looked after appropriately and not grazed on an unauthorised site.”

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