Biggest police horse retires

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BRITAIN’S biggest police horse is retiring after more than 10 years with Cleveland Police.

Arthritis has meant that Clyde, whose official name is Stranton, will retire to The Horse Trust in Buckinghamshire this week.

Clyde and Sgt Johnston

Clyde and Sgt Johnston

The Horse Trust is a charity which cares for retired working horses, many from the likes of Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police.

Clyde, who stands at 19 hands high and weighs around a tonne, is a thoroughbred cross chestnut gelding and was involved in operations across the force area, including in Hartlepool.

Sergeant Paul Johnson, from the mounted section, said: “Clyde has been with the force for over ten years, during which time he has been a magnificent police horse.

“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.”

Anyone wishing to donate to The Horse Trust is asked to contact Sergeant Paul Johnson at Ormesby Hall Stables on Church Lane, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS7 9AX or send any donations to The Horse Trust directly, registered charity number 231748.