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.
Stay up-to-date with more news from the front line by subscribing to our free newsletter. Subscribe by clicking HERE.
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories & videos which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services & NHS by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' back in 2018 was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services & NHS which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of you, our readers.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.