Bolted horse causes chaos in Tingley

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A horse wreaked havoc when it came free from its cart and bolted on yesterday afternoon, just minutes before local primary school children were due to walk home.

The horse charged off when its cart flipped over on Rein Road at around 3pm before it galloped down Hesketh Lane, where it started kicking parked cars along the street.

Around 15 vehicles were severely damaged, although no-one was injured. The horse was later caught, unharmed.

Carole Kinghorn, 59, who was working as the school crossing warden for Westerton Primary on Hesketh Lane at the time of the incident, said: “I was just crossing the road when I saw the horse charging towards me from round the corner. One of the mums shouted at me to get out of the way, which I did. It was quite a shock.

“Luckily no-one was injured, but it’s just as well it didn’t happen five minutes later when all the kids were coming out of school.

“The poor thing must have been petrified because it started banging all the cars down the street.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said that they had received a call at 3.10pm reporting that a horse had tipped out of a cart and gone loose before kicking a car, as its owner chased it down the street.