Horse tack theft warning

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Police are urging horse owners to ensure their property is kept secure - after thieves fled with a large amount of horse tack from a dairy farm in Sicklinghall, near Wetherby, last week.

Following the burglary, North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce is urging horse owners and riders to visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/horsewatch for crime prevention advice.

PC Hannah McPeake, of the force’s Rural Taskforce, said: “Sadly, a number of these crimes have been reported this year, with stables and tack rooms being targeted and large quantities of expensive horse tack being stolen.

“It is important that horse owners take preventative measures to ensure their property is kept secured.

“North Yorkshire Police offers a free tack marking service which involves marking items with a unique number using ‘dot peen’ property marking technology, this not only deters would-be thieves but it also makes identification easier if stolen.”

The next tack marking day will take place on Saturday September 29 at R&R Country, Hemingbrough, Selby, from 10am-2pm.

PC McPeake added: “If the worst should happen and you do become a victim of crime, it’s important that you have details, identifying features and photographs of your horses and equipment to hand.”

The following items were stolen in the Sicklinghall burglary: Amerigo dressage saddle 17.5 inches wide with the black serial number 2843105; Equipe jump saddle 17.5 inches wide brown; Passier dressage saddle 18 inches; Black Bates cair jump saddle 18 inches black; Stubben full size brown bridle; Shires full size black bridle; Shires in hand black bridle and lead; Black exercise bridle; 6 inch Neue Schule universal bit; 5.5 inch Neue Schule fulmer with lozenge; 4.5 inch pony snaffle; 5 inch Happy Mouth with Lozenge; 2 Wintec jump girths; 2 dressage girths one is Amerigo; Liveryman heavy duty clippers no blades, but fits an A2 blade.

Information to North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting ref 12180110478.