Police warning after horses get loose on Hartlepool road

Toft's Farm Industrial Estate. Pic from Google Images.
Toft's Farm Industrial Estate. Pic from Google Images.

Cleveland Police are warning drivers to be careful after a spate of reports of horses loose on the roads.

On Saturday, September 17, at around 8.15pm three horses were killed on the A177 towards Stillington after they got onto the road and were hit by a car.

The female driver and two children in the car suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Yesterday around ten horses were reported loose on Low Lane, close to the Fox Covert Pub in Ingleby Barwick, another report was made of loose horses at around Tofts Farm Industrial Estate in Hartlepool and another three were reported to be loose on Bowesfield Crescent, Stockton, at around 12.15pm.

At around 3am this morning, loose horses were reported on the A66 at South Bank, followed by another report at 6am of around five horses on the A66 Eastbound at the turn off for Eaglescliffe.

Another four horses were reported to be walking along Bowesfield Lane underneath the A66 at around 7.30am this morning.

Police warned motorists to take care and urged owners of horses to make sure their animals are properly secured.

Temporary Inspector Paul McDonnell said: “Clearly, loose horses on the road pose a danger to motorists and so I would like to ask motorists to take extra care in light of

the recent incidents and for the owners of horses to take extra measures to ensure that their horses are secured properly, particularly overnight.”