Horse attacked at derby is safe

Horse attacked at derby is safe

Published Apr. 15, 2013 1:00 a.m. ET

A police horse attacked by a Newcastle fan following Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby defeat is back home in his paddock safe and well, officers say.

Bud, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section, was controlling crowds at the Newcastle v Sunderland match yesterday when a fan apparently tried to punch him.

A total of 29 supporters have now been arrested after sporadic violence spread across Newcastle city center.

Video footage of the skirmishes showed crowds picking up empty glass bottles and throwing them towards police.


Pictures and video also emerged of a man apparently swinging at the police horse.

However, Bud's suspected attacker was wrestled to the ground by officers and Northumbria Police today said he has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Three police officers were also injured during clashes with Newcastle fans after the side's 3-0 defeat at St James' Park.

Today the West Yorkshire Police Horses Twitter account tweeted a picture of Bud, saying he was not injured during the scuffle and is now back home in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police Horses said: "Bud is safe in his stable and appears fine. All our horses are fit and well, resting and relaxed."

It showed photos of Bud in his paddock this morning and thanked people for their concern, many of whom had asked how he was via the networking site.

Yesterday Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police, said: "The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne-Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.

"Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city center, including an incident at Central Station.

"Disruptive behavior of any kind is not tolerated. Inquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved."

West Yorkshire Police has 18 horses in its mounted section, which it uses to police football matches up and down the country and for ceremonial occasions, according to the force's website.