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Council to round up stray Hartlepool horses

A crackdown on stray and illegally tethered horses in Hartlepool has been launched amid fears over public safety.

Hartlepool Council has warned that animals illegally grazing on its land will be impounded and their owners fined.

About 20 horses are currently illegally grazing in West View, Central Estate, Brenda Road and Golden Flatts.

Owners will be given seven days notice or their animals will be impounded.

Dave Stubbs, the council's director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, said: "This is a recurring problem in Hartlepool and we do have to take action to protect the horses and the public.

"In the past we have had situations when horses have broken loose from their tether and other examples when they have been under-nourished.

"Over the next couple of weeks we will be stepping up our surveillance so we urge any owners to remove their horse if it is grazing illegally."

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