Thieves steal £14,000 worth of tack from yard

  • Around £14,000 worth of tack and equipment has been stolen from a Kent yard.

    Police are investigating the burglary, which took place at a riding stables in High Halden Road, Biddenden, between 8.30pm on 7 July and 6.30am on 8 July.

    A total of 11 saddles, including a Kieffer jump saddle, two Albion GP saddles and an Albion GP/dressage saddle were among the items stolen.

    A generator, bits, bridles, boots, lungeing equipment, headcollars as well as equine medication and first aid supplies were also taken, according to a Facebook post by Sussex Horse Watch (SHW).

    A spokeswoman for Kent Police confirmed on Monday (13 July) that no arrests had yet been made.

    “The value of the items taken is reported to be £13,850,” she said.

    “Enquiries are ongoing.”

    SHW also reported a separate incident involving a van that was found to be full of horse rugs and accessories.

    The information, which was posted on social media on Thursday (9 July), stated that the van contained more than 20 rugs.

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    An update published on the same site later that day read: “Further to my earlier message re the horse rugs that have come into the possession of Sussex Police.

    “It seems that they have either come from a Tack Shop of a Manufacturer of Wholesaler.

    “Can I stress they are not from a yard.”

    H&H has contacted Sussex Police for confirmation and an update on the situation.

    SHW is run by volunteers and receives most of its reports directly from the Police.
    Originally set up by a Sussex police officer, it was taken over by a volunteer when the police could not continue to run it.

    Its aim is to provide crime information and prevention advice for Sussex horse riders, owners and the rural community.

    Contact police on 101 with information about either incident.

    To sign up for SHW, email sussexhorsewatch@gmail.com

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