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Clampdown on fly-grazing in Stone

PUBLISHED: 11:34 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:34 27 February 2015

Horses allowed to graze without the landowner's permission have been seized

Horses allowed to graze without the landowner's permission have been seized

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Horses grazed on Dartford land without permission seized

Horses kept on land in Dartford without the permission of the landowner have been seized.

Six were removed from Cotton Lane, Stone, and a number of others have been removed from nearby roads.

Since January 2015 there have been more than 400 calls to Kent Police about horses straying onto roads in and around Cotton Lane with the animals posing a real threat to road users and causing damage and mess in residents’ gardens.

In a bid to tackle the problem of ‘fly-grazing’, Dartford Council, Kent Police, Kent County Council, the RSPCA and the British Horse Society have joined forces.

Councillor Jeremy Kite, Leader of the Council, said, “It’s been a problem for a long time and there are a small number of neglectful and irresponsible owners who perhaps feel that the Council will eventually tire of dealing with them. The reverse is true. Life is going to become as uncomfortable for them as it frequently is for the horses they own and the residents who are concerned about them.

“It’s going to become costly for them too. The council will not hesitate to prosecute when it can and more seizures and actions against neglect will follow.”

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