'It's like banging your head against a wall'

Police and the RSPCA had already detained four horses from Albert Chaplin Fields in January
Police and the RSPCA had already detained four horses from Albert Chaplin Fields in January

Residents are demanding action as horses continue to endanger motorists on a busy Bridlington road.

The Free Press can reveal police have been called at least 92 times to deal with loose horses near Bessingby Hill in the last three years.

Police attended at least 92 times to deal with loose horses in the last three years

Police attended at least 92 times to deal with loose horses in the last three years

Townsfolk are angry after more horses galloped across the path of cars and lorries on Monday (February 29), despite the RSPCA having removed a number of the animals in January.

A previous incident on February 1 also saw two horses on the carriageway near Woldgate, according to resident Tony Marshall.

Echoing the concerns of Bridlington residents, Tracy Roberts, who manages the Lost and Found Animals Facebook page, described the farce as “horrendous”.

She said: “It’s like banging your head against a brick wall. It’s been going on for at least two years. There have been actual accidents as well. There has been damage to cars.”

A horse brings traffic to a standstill on Monday February 29 2016

A horse brings traffic to a standstill on Monday February 29 2016

Now she is calling for an outright ban on anyone leaving horses at Albert Chaplin Fields.

She added: “If you buy an animal, you have responsibility for it. We are not talking about little horses running around, one of them is a stallion.”

It comes after the RSPCA detained a number of horses in January, when representatives of the charity were escorted by police officers to remove some of the animals.

A spokesman said: “Four horses have been removed from this location today (Wednesday 27 January) on veterinary advice because of concerns for their welfare, and are now in RSPCA care.

“The horses were loose and at risk of being hit by a vehicle.”

Humberside Police said their hands are tied because they cannot legally remove animals being kept at the roadside.

Fears for motorists safety led to calls for fencing to be installed, but the East Riding of Yorkshire Council dismissed this, saying “it was not viable to do so”.

Last year, Sir Greg Knight, MP for Bridlington and East Yorkshire, welcomed the Control of Horses Act 2015.

The new law makes it easier for local authorities to detain horses from public and private land. Albert Chaplin Fields are owned by the East Riding Council, who said they

Mayor of Bridlington, Cllr John Copsey, said: “If you can’t afford the land to keep horses on, you shouldn’t have them.

“I drive past and see them and you can’t help but think they look neglected. I don’t think it’s right”.