Police scheme to reduce number of stray horses on Derbyshire’s roads

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A new police scheme is to be launched in Derbyshire next week aimed at reducing the number of stray horses on roads across the county.

The initiative aims to prevent road traffic collisions, along with encouraging people to take responsibility for their animal’s safety.

Once a stray horse has been reported to police, the scheme will see the horse being taken to a safe place while officers carry out inquiries, such as checking for microchips, to help find the owner.

Police will then have 14 days to trace the owner of the horse.

Once the owner has been traced, they will have to pay the costs incurred by police and will face prosecution.