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Police officers on horseback meet shoppers in Gloucester city centre

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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Shoppers in Gloucester were stopped in their tracks today by two police officers on horseback.

The two mounted teams were from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

A force spokesman said they were carrying out 'high visibility patrols' but they were not responding to any specific incidents.

A large crowd stopped and petted the enormous horses as they traversed the Cross in Gloucester city centre.

Similar patrols were also taking place ion Cirencester today.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 24 2014, 6:34PM

    You're not wrong there, GlosAnarchy. Anyway, I have now asked Avon and Somerset Constabulary to explain why they were patrolling in Gloucester and Cirencester and how much it cost.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 20 2014, 1:00PM

    Kay_Powell looks like you and me are in the cookie monster's bad books ;)

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  March 19 2014, 11:34PM

    Apothagem - the spam post you mentioned seems to have gone. I agree they are a pain but it is up to us to report them not just vote them down. RoadWombat - don't worry, Kay isn't happy unless she is moaning about something or other!

  • RWT1203  |  March 19 2014, 10:26PM

    Mounted Police don't cost 'megabucks' at all Kay Powell. Mounted Officers are regular Police Constables and earn the same as any other PC. The mounted section do not just exist when there is a Football match or riot to Police. The Horses need to be exercised daily. They were exercising the horses, engaging with the community, building community relations, preventing crime and disorder and allowing people a chance to speak with a Police Constable. You would like a riot basically for them to be used for that purpose would you?

  • RoadWombat  |  March 19 2014, 5:47PM

    First people whinge that they don't see the police and then when they do, they whinge even more!

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 19 2014, 3:21PM

    Just how were these horses "needed" then? Yes, I happen to love horses, but I fail to see how the police can justify simply bringing then into town for absolutely no reason, other than to allow people to pet them! Mounted police cost megabucks, and they are normally used for crowd control. In this case they had no purpose. We are all paying for the use of police horses; personally, I'd like them to be used for some genuine purpose.

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  • Apothegm_  |  March 19 2014, 7:30AM

    "Shame the only post which seemed sane was the "my friends wife earned squiddly thick etc!" And the mods or whatever should get rid of those!" They *do* get rid of them, if slowly, but they don't seem to be able to prevent them appearing. And this is true for all the websites in the newspaper group, whose central web staff presumably share a common incompetence.

  • cortezcortez  |  March 18 2014, 9:52PM

    I like horses Kay you obviously don't

  • MrGarnet  |  March 18 2014, 8:18PM

    I came on this thread to see a bit of respect to horses as they have been and will be part of our lives. Shame the only post which seemed sane was the "my friends wife earned squiddly thick etc!" And the mods or whatever should get rid of those! And Kay_Powell. They have a budget to exercise and travel to other areas where they might be needed

  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 18 2014, 7:14PM

    I have seen them in Bristol, there could be 20 rozzers in the gate streets and you would not see them, two on horse back and everyone gets the message! The horses are also extremely well trained and desensitized to external stimulus so they should pay next to no danger to the public!

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