Police chase burglars on horseback

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

A PAIR of bungling burglars met more than their match when they were chased down by police on horses through Weston.

A PAIR of bungling burglars met more than their match when they were chased down by police on horses through Weston.

Karl Barr, aged 23, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his young age, were attempting to break in to the Trafel Hotel, in Ellenborough Park South, when they were spotted over a wall by the mounted officers.

The offenders tried to get away, running toward the seafront but were reined in by the fast cavalry patrol.

The pair were brought before Bristol Crown Court last month and convicted of burglary.

After the case PC Helen Watkins, of the Avon and Somerset Mounted Unit, said she and PC Gary Young had been talking to children at Corpus Christi Primary School when they saw the would-be burglars.

She said: "We were standing in the playground talking when we both saw two men trying to break in the back of a building.

"The school then opened the gates and the two men saw us, a chase then commenced toward the seafront.

"One stopped while the other got away but with help from CCTV operatives we found out in which premises he was hiding.

"I think the two were in amazement at being caught by officers on horses.

"It was all about being at the right time at the right place."

The incident is the first success following an increase of patrols by mounted police units in the town.

Last month inspector Frazer Davey said the horses were proving a high-deterrent to street criminals.

At Bristol Crown Court, Judge Michael Bromilow gave Barr, of Greenwood Road, a three-month curfew order and the 17-year-old was given one of two months.

Barr was also ordered to pay £250 costs.

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