Thieves horse around

Horse owners in Spen have been warned to be on their guard after a spate of rug thefts.

A total of 27 rugs have been stolen in the last week, with 25 going missing from a farm in Mill Carr Road, near Oakenshaw.

Thieves struck again in nearby Queensbury at the weekend, stealing a further two rugs from horses in a field at Jackson Hill.

The rugs, which are used to keep the animals warm through the winter, are said to be lucrative items to steal, with some selling online for upwards of £100 each.

Bradford South Horsewatch co-ordinator PCSO Julie Hansord said that although thieves would probably be aiming to make a quick buck from selling the rugs, the horses’ welfare may be under threat without them.

She said: “The coats are not cheap to replace and are invaluable to the horses which would suffer during low temperatures if they were to be left without them.

“Many of the animals do not have other shelter and without their winter coat of fur, they rely upon the warmth they provide.”