A jogger was hospitalised after she was hit by a horse that had taken fright and bolted while pulling a trap down a busy road in Hartlepool earlier this month.

The horse, which was being driven by a 14-year-old girl, was reported to have bolted with its trap still attached. It caused damage to a car and a van before running into a 46-year-old woman who was out jogging. The woman was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees suffering from a head injury. She was later released.

Cleveland Police received calls from members of the public just before 6pm on 1 April informing them about the loose horse, which was described as “going wild and kicking out” and being in a “distressed” state.

The animal was believed to have been found shortly after the incident and its owners were traced later that evening.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police told H&H: “Our officer interviewed the 14-year-old female driver of the pony and trap under caution and a file will be prepared for the CPS.”