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Horses escape from Leach Fields, again

Animals seen running free in surrounding public space


Image: Escaped horse at the gate at the top of Bluebridge Avenue  Image courtesy of Ellen Harrington Johnson via Facebook
Escaped horse at the gate at the top of Bluebridge Avenue
Image courtesy of Ellen Harrington Johnson via Facebook

There are reports on Facebook that horses have been running free in Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space early this morning. The horses are normally grazed in Leach Fields. Local residents have taken photographs of the animals and posted them on social media.


Image: Escaped horse in Moffats Open Space close to Leach Fields  Image courtesy of Ellen Harrington Johnson via Facebook
Escaped horse in Moffats Open Space close to Leach Fields
Image courtesy of Ellen Harrington Johnson via Facebook

There have been a number incidents over recent years where horses have escaped from Leach Fields.

In October last year several horses were rounded up by their owner after breaking through fencing and hedgerows.

North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) runs both Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space.

NMPC is aware of the latest reports of escaped horses, but when council staff went to check the horses this morning they couldn't find any, despite carrying out a tour of all the council-owned land.

However they did find damaged fencing where the horses might have escaped.

The local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) Sam Griffin says she has made attempts to contact the owner of the horses. PCSO Griffin is referring the matter to the Hertfordshire Constabulary Rural Operational Support Team.

The parish council has asked the police to suggest that the owner repairs the broken fencing so that the horses are not able to escape again.




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