Army

Gunners 'Recovering' After Being Thrown From Spooked Horses In London

The incident happened on Monday morning with six people being taken to hospital.

British Army gunners are "recovering" from injuries after being thrown from their horses in south-east London.

Six people taken to hospital on Monday morning after horses from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery were spooked while out exercising near Woolwich Barracks have all been released.The spokesperson said "a number of military personnel and horses" were hurt in the incident.

"The injured personnel received medical treatment in hospital but have subsequently all been released and are now recovering," the Army spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"The horses continue to be assessed."

The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene to treat those injured.

The aftermath of the incident (Picture: charltonchampion.co.uk).

The Metropolitan Police and London Air Ambulance also attended but the air ambulance was not used, the Army said.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed: "We were called at 09:56 this morning [11 January] to reports of persons injured on Charlton Road, Blackheath.

"We sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, medics in response cars, an incident response officer and our hazardous area response team.  

"We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance. We treated six people at the scene and took them all to hospital."

There were sightings of the horses in Charlton Village by residents after the incident.

The horses pictured were rounded up after the incident (Picture: Leighton Brown).

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery are based in the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

The Troop performs ceremonial duties at state occasions, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Royal birthdays and births, and regularly exercise in Charlton and the surrounding area.

The Army said the current level of training has been reduced to an absolute minimum during the current lockdown restrictions and that the service is constantly reviewing its activities to ensure they are conducted as safely as possible. 

Cover image: The horses wee seen by residents in Charlton Village, south-east London (Picture: Bridget Duffy).