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York MP Raises Fears Tethered Horses Issue Could Be Moved

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8:04am 4th February 2014

Problems caused by tethered horses on the side of the road could be pushed into Selby district and Ryedale according to York Outer MP Julian Sturdy.

He's calling for York Council to work with neighbouring authorities to tackle the issue as it's first horse baliff starts work this week.

Where a horse is found to be illegally tethered on council land in York, legal notices will be posted stating that if they are not removed then they will be impounded. Horses will only be returned to the owners where ownership can be proven and following payment of all the associated costs.

Inspector Jo Brooksbank of York North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said of the appointment of the horse baliff: “The appointment of a horse bailiff is welcome news and a result of many agencies working together to provide a solution to the problem of loose horses in York.

“In response to concerns raised by the community and a subsequent increased demand for calls for service on police officers, I have worked with City of York Council and other agencies to produce a long-term management strategy to address the issue.

“The animals, either tethered or inappropriately placed, present an unacceptable danger to road users and members of the community. In some instances members of the public are faced with personal injury or damage to vehicles and property as a result of irresponsible actions by some horse owners.

“The safety of the community and road users remains my priority and the Safer Neighbourhood Team will ensure that the necessary support and communication is provided.

“By working together with City of York Council, the message is clear to the owners of those horses - the placing of horses on council land will not be tolerated and a robust approach to dealing with such incidents will be followed.”

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