Another knife has been taken off London’s streets thanks to Police Horse ‘Judge’ and his human companions.
Officers from the Met’s Mounted Branch stopped a male yesterday (30th December) in Bow, east London, who was suspected of having illegal drugs on him.
But as the male was being spoken to by officers, he decided to take his chances and made a run for it.
However, the males two legs were no competition for PH ‘Judge’, and it was not long before the foot pursuit was over.
It quickly became apparent to officers as to why the male had decided to run after they found a hunting knife that had been discarded by the male.
A spokesperson for the unit tweeted:
‘This fearsome weapon was discarded by a man during a horseback pursuit in Bow after what started as a simple cannabis stop.
‘PH Judge once again striking a blow in the war on crime.
‘Stay safe out there friends & colleagues’.
Whilst it is not rare to see officers from Mounted Divisions stopping and speaking to members of the public, it is relatively rare for mounted officers to find themselves being involved in foot pursuits.
The Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch consists of around four inspectors, 14 sergeants and 117 constables.
As of 2016, the Mounted Branch had 110 horses in service.
Most other large police forces around the country also have mounted units which are deployed on a variety of different roles.
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