Horses cop new names

POLICE horses have been given new ceremonial names by thoughtful youngsters.

Cleveland Police launched a Neigh-m a Police Horse competition to find official names for Alf and Reg.

Entrants aged 16 or under were asked to come up with the titles that will be used for their operational duties and for special events.

Sergeant Paul Johnson, from the force’s mounted section, waded through the 170 responses that the competition received, before choosing the winners.

Reg will now officially be known as Vaughan, after the former mayor and co-founder of Eston ironworks, John Vaughan, and Alf will be known as Resolution, after Captain Cook’s ship.

There were four winning entries in total, as there were two entries for each name.

Sergeant Paul Johnson said: “I was delighted with the overwhelming response that we got to the competition. It was evident that those people who suggested names had put a lot of thought into their answers.”

Eight-year-old Lucy Connor-Cope, from Linthorpe, and Emma Langley, 12, from Ingleby Barwick, suggested the name Vaughan and twelve-year-old Grace Mackay from Darlington and Megan Gregory, nine, from Marton, put forward the name Resolution.

These winners will now be given a shopping voucher and a visit to the stables at Ormesby Hall to meet the horses.