Cops track horse owners after public appeal

Horses were believed to be fly-grazing near Alfreton, and after a threat they may be 'disposed of' the owner has stepped forward.
Horses were believed to be fly-grazing near Alfreton, and after a threat they may be 'disposed of' the owner has stepped forward.
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Police officers have thanked members of public who helped to track the owner of a group of horses found on Alfreton land.

A band of 22 horses was found on the land off Park Mill Drive, between Alfreton and South Normanton on Monday.

They were initially believed to have been 'fly-grazed' by their owners against the law, on land they didn't have permission to use.

But Derbyshire police have now confirmed the horses are legitimately grazing on the land known locally as the Old Coal Tip area, thanks to help form the public.

Community Safety Inspector Erika Green said: "Some of the horses we first thought were strays were there legally but three mares with foals at foot were not. Those animals have now been removed, we presume by their owner.

“We would like to thank members of the public for their support and sharing the appeal, we hope that this will continue and we can find the owners of the final three.

“Anyone who has information or would like any more details, please get in touch with local police on 101, quoting incident 263 of October, 19.”

Anyone with any information about the horses is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 263 of Monday, October 19.

Find out more on the countywide Horsewatch initiative at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Horse-Watch/Horse-Watch.aspx