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Stray horses seized on private land in Norfolk

Nine stray horses grazing on private land in Norfolk have been seized by the authorities.

The horses were on and near land at Frenze Beck in Diss, when police, council officials and workers from two horse charities collected them.

The animals' owners now have 28 days to prove ownership and reclaim them.

A police spokesman said it was to target animal welfare as in the past year there have been 200 reports of horses escaping onto roads in the town.

Sgt Dave Sutton, from Diss safer neighbourhood team, said: "This impacts greatly on how local police resources can be deployed and I would encourage everyone who owns horses to make sure they are kept fenced in and safe.

"Unauthorised grazing is an issue which also affects the local community which is why this action has been necessary."

The horses have been taken into the possession of South Norfolk Council.

Owners will be charged for the costs of the removal and care before they are returned.

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