Man sentenced after attacking police horse at demonstration

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Man sentenced after attacking police horse at demonstration

A police horse was attacked during a demonstration in Blackburn, equine insurance owners have been told.

The local magistrate's court heard that Robert Gavin Tromans punched the animal eight times in the neck during the English Defence League protest.

Mr Tromans, 29, of Beverley Road, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening behaviour and has been ordered to pay costs of £85 and complete over 100 hours of unpaid work.

Peter Wilde, prosecuting, said that Mr Tromans tried to push through the area of horse mounted officers and then landed about eight blows on the animal.

Recently, a starving pony was set on fire and left to die by a roadside in Keady, County Armagh and sustained serious burns during the horrific attack.

However, the animal is making a recovery at a sanctuary in County Antrim, and the Ulster Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the Belfast Telegraph the attack was "shocking" and "hard to believe".

June 06th 2011

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