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Francis Kelly guilty of trying to feed ham roll to police horses

A man from Glasgow has been found guilty of breach of the peace after attempting to feed police horses.

Francis Kelly, 41, was initially accused of trying to give the animals sausage rolls in Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, on 26 September last year.

But officers told the Glasgow's Justice of the Peace Court Kelly had become abusive after they told him not to feed the horses his gammon roll.

Kelly will serve seven days in prison for the offence.

The 41-year-old was fined £200, but Kelly was given the alternative sentence as he was unable to pay and is serving time in jail on an unrelated matter.

The charge against him had stated he had behaved in a "threatening or abusive manner" and "adopted an aggressive stance" towards officers when told to put food away.

Kelly, from Govanhill, had claimed he was walking down a lane when he stopped to pet one of animals and it tried to eat a sausage roll out of his hand.

PC Stewart Coulter told the court: "He had a gammon type roll in his hand, he separated it in two bits and tried to simultaneously feed both horses the roll."

The officer said he put his hands up and told Kelly: "They are vegetarian, they don't eat meat." Kelly was said to have become abusive and was arrested.

The court heard that problems caused to the digestive system of horses can prove fatal.

Kelly told the court he the horses had been blocking his path, and he clapped one of them on the neck.

He said: "That's what I was doing, it actually took the sausage roll out of my hand, I just let it." He also claimed that he did not eat gammon.

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