Horse rider sustains serious injuries after thugs throw bottles at horse

Horse rider sustains serious injuries after thugs throw bottles at horse

written by Roberta Coll

Horse rider required surgery and lengthy recovery period.

At 12.30pm on Tuesday May 3rd, a 22 year old woman from County Durham sustained serious injuries, after a group of teenage thugs leapt out of the bushes and threw bottles at her horse. The women was riding along the Sustrans track near Oakey Park, Stanley, when the teenagers described as between 14 and 15, deliberately launched their attack causing the women to be thrown from her horse. As the women recovered and remounted to escape from the scene, one of the youths then ran at her horse, spooking it again and causing her to fall for the second time.

A police spokesman said: “As result of this incident the horse rider has suffered serious injuries which will require surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”

A description of one suspect has been released by police in an attempt to trace the culprits. He has been described as being around five foot and one inch in height, with pale skin and blond hair swept to the side. He is believed to be 14 to 15-years-old and of skinny build. The youngster had been wearing a light grey tracksuit top and bottoms with a white T-shirt underneath at the time of the incident.


Anyone with information on the identity of the males described can contact PC Wilcox of Stanley police by calling non-emergency number 101.

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