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Hebrides News

The latest horses recruited into the Police Scotland’s mounted branch have been named after Hebridean islands.

Harris - whose name was chosen by an online vote - is a brown Clydesdale, 4 1/2 years old, 17 hands high. He has now successfully completed his 28-day assessment.

A police spokesman said he has “a very laid-back character so is quickly becoming a firm favourite with everyone at the stables.”

At around 16.2 hands tall, Lewis is the smallest horse in the police service and is said to have lots of potential.

He is described as being “lovely, quiet but very happy boy who has taken to the job like a duck to water.”

Police horses normally undertake a three hour stint when on general patrol.

The mounted unit is also used at events where they are needed for crowd control and help with the safety of people such as at football matches, parades and concerts where their height gives an advantage.


Police horses Harris and Lewis                    Photos: Police Scotland

Police name latest horses after islands

22 January 2017