Volunteers set to replace police’s mounted section

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Volunteers will be asked to patrol the Isle on horseback after a police mounted section was disbanded in a cost saving measure.

Humberside Police’s four horses were sold for £40,000 to two police forces and a private buyer in the face of opposition which saw more than 2,000 people sign a petition against the move.

Matthew Grove, police and crime commissioner for Humberside, has now revealed initial plans for a volunteer-led mounted section for rural patrols in the Isle.

He said: “The idea is for people in rural areas, perhaps people who own a horse, to form a volunteer section.

“This is only in the early stages and details like insurance have to be sorted out, but in future I will be appealing for Isle residents to join.”

He added: “The decision to disband the mounted section was made for sound economic reasons and allows us to save nearly £500,000 each year.

“The six police officer posts in the unit will be put back into our communities delivering the highly visible policing the public ask for.”

Two horses, Harvey and Captain, were sold to Greater Manchester Police for a total of £21,000, while George was sold to South Wales Police for £14,050.