Quick-thinking police use uniform belts as harnesses to lead two horses to safety off A12

Pc Jac Dean with the two horses rescued from the A12 at Marks Tey

Pc Jac Dean with the two horses rescued from the A12 at Marks Tey - Credit: Archant

Police officers became cowboys when they rescued two horses from the A12 near Marks Tey.

Essex Police were called to the northbound carriageway at around 5.45pm yesterday to reports of a foal and heavily pregnant mare on the busy road.

Officers put a rolling road block in place to hold back the traffic while Detective Superintendent Stuart Hooper and Pc Jac Dean led the animals to safety.

The quick-thinking officers used their uniform belts as makeshift harnesses to help lead the horses off the dual carriageway.

Pc Dean said: “The police officer’s belt always comes in handy, although this was a novel use for it.

“This incident could have ended tragically because the horses were on a very busy road and close to the railway line.

“But thankfully they have now found a safe home.

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“I would urge all owners to check the security of their paddocks regularly to make sure their horses remain safe.”