Horseplay wrecking Leeds youngsters’ footy fun

LEFT TO GRAZE: The horse in the chidren's play area at Thorn Terrace, Gipton.
LEFT TO GRAZE: The horse in the chidren's play area at Thorn Terrace, Gipton.
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a CHEEKY horse owner is using a newly-fenced-off community play area as a makeshift paddock.

The land, off Thorn Terrace in Gipton, Leeds, was opened up to community use after a number of homes in the area were knocked down.

The green space was fenced off by Leeds City Council to provide a safe place for local children and families to play.

But when youngsters turned up for a game of football last week, they were amazed to find a brown and white horse munching on the grass.

It appears a horse owner has made use of the now-secure patch of land as something of a pupose-built paddock.

Residents have now complained to the council, which has begun an investigation to trace the animal’s owner.

A spokeswoman told the Yorkshire Evening Post that it would take swift action to have the horse removed and return the land to local people.

She said: “We have been notified of a horse left to graze on land at Thorn Terrace.

“This is a grassed area for use by the local community and the council does not permit its land which is accessed by the public to be used for grazing or keeping animals.

“We have visited the area on a number of occasions and see that the animal has returned.

“We will therefore be taking steps to enforce the removal of the animal, preferably by the owner in the first instance.”

If the owner does not remove the horse, the council can order it to be impounded.

stuart.robinson@ypn.co.uk