Mounted officers narrowly missed by HGV driver

Date published: 16 August 2022 11:52
Dated: 16 August 2022 11:26:46
Mounted officers are appealing for witnesses and information after two police horses and officers were nearly hit by a heavy goods vehicle while on patrol in Rotherham. 
 
On Wednesday 10 August Mounted Officers PC Julie Bradshaw and PC Rachel Hodgkinson were riding PH Stocksbridge and PH Brinsworth patrolling the Wath area when they were narrowly missed by a HGV. 
 
It is reported that as the officers and horses were passing over the roundabout close to Dearne Valley College on Manvers Park, they were about to leave the exit when a HGV approached them from behind. 
 
The officers noticed that the driver had not seen them, and began shouting at him to gain his attention. 
 
The horses and officers were extremely shaken up but physically unharmed. 
 
Mounted Operational Manager Dave Driver explains more, he said: “The lack of attention from the driver could have had extremely serious, or even fatal consequences, for both horses and riders.
 
“The driver failed to stop at the scene and drove off as the officers gained composure of the horses. 
 
“We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or may have been driving in the area at the time and have dash cam footage of the HGV prior to or following the incident.
 
“I would also like to express my thanks to a driver passing by who ensured that both officers and horses were ok.”
 
If you have any information that can assist officers with their enquiries please contact us via the online reporting portal on our website, or via 101 quoting incident number 288 of 16 August. 
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