Priti Patel recently visited the brave police horses and their riders who were caught up in small pockets of violent protests which erupted in the capital last weekend after the majority of peaceful protests went home.
During the unrest, a police officer was knocked from her horse after it bolted when a small group of violent protestors starting hurling rocks, bottles and fireworks at the mounted unit.
The mounted unit was forced to charge at a pocket of violent protesters who had started to throw rocks, bottles, flares and other missiles at public order officers who were initially told by local ground commanders that they could not don their protective gear.
Seeing their colleagues coming under a sustained attack by a small minority who were intent on violence, the mounted branch charged at the thugs to try and disperse them.
The individuals who had been throwing rocks and bottles at the public order officers who were on foot quickly moved their aim from the officers on foot to the mounted officers and their horses.
One of the police horses, Police Horse ‘Olive’ bolted as a result of the fireworks and flares which were being thrown towards her.
As she bolted, her rider hit some street furniture, causing her to fall from the horse.
As the officer lay seriously injured on the ground, the individuals who had been throwing objects at the police horses started to laugh and cheer.
PH ‘Olive’ made her own way back to her stables and was not injured. Her rider sustained serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and a broken collar bone.
A crowdfunding page was set up for the officer to assist her during her long road to recovery.
The initial target was £275. However, the sum raised now stands at over £13,000 as empathetic members of the public, appalled at what they saw, pay tribute to the officer and her horse for their bravery.
Talking about her visit to the Met’s Mounted Branch, Priti Patel tweeted to say:
“Today, I met Rupert, a @MetPoliceUK horse who worked last weekend during the protests.
“I also spoke to the family of the officer who was badly injured after falling from her horse. She is thankfully doing well.
“Proud to stand with these brave men and women”.
Image credit: @PritiPatel | Twitter
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