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132,000 scrap cost of North Wales Police horse unit

North Wales Police horses
The officers in the unit will be redeployed and the horses sold

The mounted section of North Wales Police, which was set up less than three years ago, will cost £132,000 to scrap, according to a report.

The five-horse unit was set up at a cost of £300,000 by former chief constable Richard Brunstrom.

A North Wales Police Authority report said many of the original objectives were "overly optimistic".

The force will save £870,000 in the next three years by scrapping the Wrexham-based unit.

The section was described as a waste of money by some politicians when first proposed by Mr Brunstrom, who has since retired.

The officers in the unit will be redeployed in the force and the horses will be sold.

Its work included providing support to neighbourhood and community policing teams, providing "high-visibility reassurance patrols", and public engagement.

It will be phased out this year.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Shannon had said the unit was made up of a highly professional team but the force could simply not afford it.

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