Thames Valley Police officers have are to receive training from the Horse Trust to help them deal safely with stray horses.

In the free one-hour session officers will be taught how to approach an animal, make a temporary halter and lead them away from danger.

When the officers are competent with handling the animals they will be given a certificate and will be issued with their own head collar and rope to keep in their patrol vehicle.

Helen Evans from the Neighbourhood Horse Watch team, said: “The training provides officers with handling skills so they can act competently and safely when called out to deal with horses on the highways.

“Horses can be unpredictable animals, especially when they are distressed, so it is essential that officers know how to deal with them confidently.

“The training will mean that police officers are more able to help the public and keep the roads clear.”