Residents rounded up renegade horse while police ‘sat and watched’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 January 2014

Megan, 12 and Joanne Rogers

Megan, 12 and Joanne Rogers


Police sat and watched for around seven hours while residents, including a 12-year-old girl, rounded up a renegade horse “going crazy” in Upminster, it has been claimed.

Matt Bewers, 41, of Manor Farm, and Megan Rogers, 12, of Aveley, were among residents who managed to pen in the rampaging beast in a front garden on December 22.

Mr Bewers, who was drinking in a pub near-by, saw the horse at about 4.20pm and managed to momentarily control it.

Then Megan, passing in a car with her mum, saw Mr Bewers and the black and white horse in St Mary’s Lane.

“I knew he couldn’t control it,” she said. “So I went to help.

“It was running in the road and we had to push it back so it didn’t go into a car.

“It turned round and stepped on my foot and bit me and Mark.”

Megan went to hospital the next morning to have an injury to her thumb treated.

The police were on scene in shifts until nearly midnight during the incident but did not intervene.

Mr Bewers sad: “We had been standing all that time. [Megan] was shivering.

“I said: ‘Talk to the police, see if they’ve got a spare jacket or a foil blanket.’

“They said they didn’t have any and they didn’t even offer for her to sit in the car.

“At one point one of the police came back with coffee for each other but nothing for myself or Megan.”

Mr Bewers was told by the emergency services helpdesk that the RSPCA wouldn’t make it until the morning.

Megan said the police took 90 minutes to arrive.

Cllr Lynn Carr, of Thurrock Council, called local sanctuaries, but they replied they were “fit to burst”.

Fortunately, at 11.45pm somebody offered the horse a stable for the night.

A RSPCA spokesman told the Recorder the local authority, not the charity, was respsonsible for the animal.

The police did not responsd to the Recorder’s enquiries.

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