Mounted police prove popular with Cirencester locals

Gazette Series: PC Ted Grabowski and PC Lindsey Pendleton and their horses, St George and Clifton patrolling Cirencester PC Ted Grabowski and PC Lindsey Pendleton and their horses, St George and Clifton patrolling Cirencester

A FEW new faces in Cirencester have been attracting attention for the last two weeks as police patrol the town centre in style.

Mounted police officers from the Avon and Somerset force have been patrolling the town to provide additional high profile support, and their majestic companions are proving a bit of a hit with residents and tourists alike.

PC Ted Grabowski laughed off one rumour circulating the town that an officer had been pulled off her horse by a group of people earlier in the month.

Saying that he had heard the rumour, which he put down to Chinese whispers, he added: “It was an incident where officers on horseback arrested three people for a racially aggravated public order offence.”

Members of the public relished the chance to meet PC Grabowski and his colleague PC Lindsey Pendleton and their horses, St George and Clifton, as they patrolled Cirencester on Tuesday this week.

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11:12am Thu 13 Mar 14

Des Moore says...

The headlines made me chuckle, pulled off their horse !!! In Cirencester lol these are horses that are used to patrolling Bristol city centre on a weekend and areas such as St Pauls in Bristol. Guessing the rumours were started by some of Cirencesters bad boys lol..... maybe they should go to some of the bigger inner cities and see real bad boys........no sorry to scared. On a positive note great to see ,keep up the good work guys and gals.
The headlines made me chuckle, pulled off their horse !!! In Cirencester lol these are horses that are used to patrolling Bristol city centre on a weekend and areas such as St Pauls in Bristol. Guessing the rumours were started by some of Cirencesters bad boys lol..... maybe they should go to some of the bigger inner cities and see real bad boys........no sorry to scared. On a positive note great to see ,keep up the good work guys and gals. Des Moore
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shaun67 says...

I witnessed the incident in question which occurred on Saturday 1st march near the entrance to the Cornhall. The 1st officer made an arrest and held a man on the ground to cuff him. The mans friends then got involved and one of them was grabbed by the collar of the other officer who was still on horseback despite repeated requests to leave the situation or face arrest. While the officer had hold of the mans collar another man attempted to pull him away and this resulted in the officer being pulled from the horse. She landed perfectly on her feet and made the arrest. It was a very skilful or lucky dismount . Passers by held the horses while the officers waited for back up to arrive. Looked like it was all in a days work to me.
I witnessed the incident in question which occurred on Saturday 1st march near the entrance to the Cornhall. The 1st officer made an arrest and held a man on the ground to cuff him. The mans friends then got involved and one of them was grabbed by the collar of the other officer who was still on horseback despite repeated requests to leave the situation or face arrest. While the officer had hold of the mans collar another man attempted to pull him away and this resulted in the officer being pulled from the horse. She landed perfectly on her feet and made the arrest. It was a very skilful or lucky dismount . Passers by held the horses while the officers waited for back up to arrive. Looked like it was all in a days work to me. Shaun67
  • Score: 13

4:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Des Moore says...

Just as I thought Shaun lol
Just as I thought Shaun lol Des Moore
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5:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Col Mustard says...

The Police will do anything to avoid foot patrols. Why is this ? has the Police boot allowance been withdrawn ? is the physical exertion of walking too much for some. ? The issue of foot patrols is not about a deployment tactic, it is about style, public perceptions, conflict, authority and legitimacy ! Something that requires leadership from the Chief Constable but that is another discussion !
The Police will do anything to avoid foot patrols. Why is this ? has the Police boot allowance been withdrawn ? is the physical exertion of walking too much for some. ? The issue of foot patrols is not about a deployment tactic, it is about style, public perceptions, conflict, authority and legitimacy ! Something that requires leadership from the Chief Constable but that is another discussion ! Col Mustard
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