Household Cavalry Horses

File Picture: Horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment 

An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old have been arrested after 21 of the Queen's ceremonial horses were let out of their field at Melton Base. 

The pair were arrested on suspicion of Public Nuisance and Dangerous Driving and have been released under investigation while the enquiry continues. 

The horses bolted after the lock to their field was snapped off around 11.15pm last Friday.

Some of the horses were involved in minor collisions but no drivers have reported being injured. 

The horses stampeded up to six miles away from their base, travelling along Asfordby Road, down the A6006 and then to Six Hills where they were all located and secured.

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Lorraine Howitt, who was allegedly involved in the incident, thought she and her mother would die as the horses charged towards their car.

In a post on the Melton Police Facebook page, she commented:

“Very lucky to be here to tell the tale as I honestly thought me and my mum would be killed.

“After avoiding a head on with another vehicle to emergency stopping on the verge, to then have 21 horses charging at you, smashing the car as it passed with glass landing all over me, while screaming at my mum to stay down, trying to cover her while whipping her seat back.

To give the horses a break from their ceremonial duties in London the military animals are sent to the country for a holiday every year.

Leicestershire Police would like to speak to anyone who was driving in the area and witnessed the incident, contact 101, quoting incident number 848 of 4 August.