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Force's two new four-legged recruits to rein in criminals.

Byline: Cheyenne Roundtree Reporter cheyenne.roundtree@trinitymirror.com

NORTHUMBRIA Police have added some crime-busting broncos to their force.

Cheyenne Roundtree

Two horses, Pablo and Patronus, are the latest recruits of Northumbria's Mounted Section.

The two steeds will join a team of seven other horses and serve the force by patrolling across the North East, as well as proving useful at large events.

Pablo is a chestnut Irish draught gelding and arrived from Ireland with very little experience of public order situations.

Although he is the youngest member of the squad at six years old, he stands at 17 hands.

Patronus, which is Latin for protector, is an 11-year-old thoroughbred who used to be an event horse.

He handed over the reigns on his cross country course career for a life of protecting his new home.

Sergeant Stu Coates, from Northumbria Police's Mounted Section, said: "It is great to welcome two new additions to the team and hopefully the public will get a chance to meet them when they're out on patrol.

"The mounted section is a fantastic department and performs a number of roles to help support area command officers working from up in Berwick down to Houghton.

"Our horses are great for high visibility patrols but they are also invaluable when it comes to policing football matches, protests and other large-scale events that we may host in our region.

"They undergo vigorous training to be able to perform the role but they absolutely love coming to work and meeting the lovely people who live and work in the North East."

All the horses in the mounted section have names beginning with the letter "P", to distinguish them as police horses.

Pablo and Patronus will be serving alongside Pendragon, Parker, Pye, Paddington, Picasso, Peroni and Percy, to help keep our region protected.

The horses are just two of the newest additions to the Northumbria Police force, which is recruiting 600 police officers to the force over the next three years.

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Pablo, one of the newest members of the Northumbria Police's Mounted Section, with PC Jo Watson and, below, Patronus, with PC Bev Crain

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