A fundraiser has been set up to help the police officer who was seriously injured after her horse bolted as rocks, bottles, fireworks and other missiles were thrown at the Met’s Mounted branch over the weekend.
The officer and her colleagues in the mounted branch had acted swiftly to try and disperse a violent crowd in central London who were throwing large rocks, bottles, flares and fireworks at public order officers.
The public order officers were initially told that they could not don their NATO Personal Protective Equipment, even though large missiles were raining down on them.
Brave officers from the Met’s mounted branch saw the threat being faced by their public order colleagues, and so made the decision to try and disperse the small group of violent thugs who were intent on violence.
After the mounted unit acted to split the violent crowd up, the anger of the violent demonstrators turned from the public order officers who were on foot, to the mounted branch.
The missiles, fireworks, rocks and bottles which had been aimed at the public order officers were now directed at the police horses and their riders.
This caused one of the police horses to bolt from the scene.
Police Horse ‘Olive’ bolted, and as she did so, her rider hit a set of traffic lights and fell to the ground.
The officer ended up with serious injuries, including a broken collar bone, broken ribs and a punctured lung. She is likely to be off duty for at least four months as she recovers from her injuries.
Police horse ‘Olive’ made her own way back to her stables and she was not injured.
As the officer lay seriously injured on the floor, the thugs who had been throwing missiles at the horses started to cheer.
The officer is continuing her slow road to recovery.
To help the officer and her family, a crowdfunding page on JustGiving has been set up.
The campaign initially aimed to raise £275 for the officer but has thus fair raised £2,110 and is still climbing.
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