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North Wales Police horse team 'under review'

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Mr Brunstrom claimed mounted police were more effective than those on foot

The future of North Wales Police's mounted section is under review less than three years after being set up by ex-chief constable Richard Brunstrom.

The four-horse team was greeted with controversy when first proposed by Mr Brunstrom, who retired last summer.

The £200,000 to £300,000 plan was described as "misplaced" and profligate", but Mr Brunstrom said it would be a valuable tool.

A force spokeswoman said the review would be completed in the near future.

The team is based in Wrexham.

At the time the plan was narrowly approved, in June 2007, Mr Brunstrom argued mounted police were about "six times more effective" than officers on foot and "many times more" than officers in cars.

A number of North Wales MPs at the time thought the mounted section would be an extravagance.

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