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24th Apr 2024

Police issues update after loose blood-covered horses injure four in London

Charlie Herbert

blood-covered horses in London

A number of people are receiving treatment

Police have issued a statement after seven horses – including one which appeared to have blood on it – ran loose through central London.

Footage online showed the animals running along the roads of the capital.

The horses are thought to belong to the Household Cavalry, which is one of the most senior regiments of the British Army.

Their horses are stabled at Hyde Park Barracks, in Knightsbridge, central London.

Updates from the London Ambulance Service revealed that four people have been injured in the incident between 8:25am and 8:35am.

But police have now confirmed all the animals have been caught.

In a statement, Westminster Police wrote: “We’re pleased to confirm that all of the horses have been accounted for. We are continuing to liaise with the Army.”

An Army spokesperson confirmed the horses had been “returned to camp” and that a number of personnel and horses had been injured in the incident.

They said: “A number of military working horses became loose during routine exercise this morning.

“All of the horses have now been recovered and returned to camp.

“A number of personnel and horses have been injured and are receiving the appropriate medical attention.”

Paramedics treated patients with horse-related injuries at Buckingham Palace Road, Belgrave Square, and the junction between Chancery Lane and Fleet Street.

Four patients were treated at the scene and have been taken to hospital.

A taxi driver told LBC how his car had been hit by one of the animals.

He said: “I was just sitting in the car with my passenger. I didn’t see the horse hit but car but then I just felt a smash…it was a shock.

“I was ok but the car was damaged. They stopped all the traffic and the one military car fell onto [the pavement].”