Caroline Flint has welcomed action by the authorities after twelve horses that were fly-grazing on flood banks next to the River Don were removed to ensure public safety.
The Environment Agency worked with South Yorkshire Police and agents acting on their behalf to remove the horses from flood defences near Thorne, Doncaster. The animals had been placed on the flood banking without the permission of the Environment Agency, which owns the land. While there, the animals have been causing damage to the flood defences.
If the problem was left unchecked, continued damage to the flood banking could pose an increased risk of flooding to local homes and businesses.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Fly-grazing can cause significant problems for landowners. It can put businesses at risk and in this case the presence of the animals has prevented vital flood defence work along the banks of the River Don. The owners of these horses have been asked repeatedly to move them, and they have been clearly warned that failure to do so would result in action being taken to have them removed.
Speaking after action by the police and Environment Agency against illegal grazing, local MP Caroline Flint said: “This action to remove horses grazing illegally is very welcome. I hope this sends out a clear message that action will be taken by the authorities against illegal grazing and no one is above the law.”