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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2007, 08:12 GMT 09:12 UK
Police horses face funding crisis
Policewoman on horse
There are 16 mounted police divisions in the country
Officers in charge of Nottinghamshire's police horses say they are looking for sponsorship as ever-tightening budgets threaten the future of the unit.

Nottinghamshire police is one of 16 forces in England and Wales that still has a mounted division.

The horses are sent all over the country to police events such as football matches and the Lord Mayor of London's parade.

If funding is not secured by February 2008, the unit could be disbanded.

John Clarke from Nottinghamshire Police Authority said he was extremely concerned about the section's future.

"I am very concerned that if we lose this, it actually goes this year, then that's it, it's gone for good," he said.

"We're asking people to sponsor us to keep this service in Nottinghamshire."

Securing the future

Mr Clarke said the stables cost 50,000 to run every year but costs were much higher when salaries were taken into consideration.

"At the moment we've got sponsorship from a feed firm in Widmerpool and a high-street bank is very interested in helping us out but that's on a charitable status so we are trying to build up a system where small sponsors can come in," he added.

The police authority allowed companies to put advertising on horseboxes and logos on saddlecloths in 2006.

In 2004 the authority introduced an Adopt A Police Horse Scheme inviting primary schools across the county to adopt their own police horse.

To date more than 100 schools have taken up the offer, which includes visits from the mounted division.

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