New rules on tethered horses delayed until after Hull Fair
A CRACKDOWN on horses tethered on public land is being delayed until after Hull Fair.
Horses are set to be impounded for the first time if they are not moved on by their owners in the new initiative launched by Hull City Council.
But the launch of the scheme has been delayed after police concerns over potential clashes with travellers attending Hull Fair.
An internal city council memo seen by the Mail says: "The police had raised concerns that during the period of Hull Fair, there are an increased number of travellers/showmen and an unofficial horse fair is held.
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"They felt horse owners would have increased numbers of supporters to call upon that may try to inhibit any impoundments and potentially put the police and our contractors at greater risk.
"We therefore feel it would be sensible to delay for a short period."
The first notices with a 14-day compliance deadline were placed in so-called "priority areas" on Monday.
However, some were torn down within 24 hours.
A council spokesman said horses left on public land for more than two weeks would be impounded by a firm of specialist contractors. He said any impounded animals would be kept in stables for a further two weeks and, if unclaimed, would be sold at auction.
The council's environment and transport scrutiny commission heard the cost of each impoundment operation would be about £2,000.