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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Speed warning after child thrown from carriage at Appleby fair

An accident which hospitalised a five-year-old boy at Appleby Horse Fair was partly caused by speed, say police.

The youngster was a passenger in one of two horse-drawn carriages which collided.

He was thrown to the ground by the impact, and suffered non-lifethreatening injuries which were treated at The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The accident yesterday has prompted Cumbria police to issue an appeal to the horse community, urging them reduce their speed and to not overtake lines of traffic.

“Speed was a contributing factor to this incident," said a police spokeswoman. "The boy was in a carriage which was described by witnesses as travelling fast.

“Luckily, he was treated and should be fine. However, it is a reminder to all: reducing speed in any vehicle can reduce the risk of injury or save your life.”

Superintendent Sean Robinson said: “We appeal to the horse community to reduce their speed, stop gradually and not to overtake lines of traffic. This is all aimed at their own safety, their passengers and that of pedestrians and other roads users.
 

“Low speeds should be used by all vehicles in Appleby. It is raining today, which can lead to hazardous road conditions. Please reduce your speed in any car, van, when on a horse or driving a carriage. Pedestrians are requested to stay on walkways and listen out for horse hooves approaching.

"They should be careful when crossing the road and not take any unnecessary risks. “We have put in place measures to slow traffic in key areas and will monitor this during the day, I would ask the horse community to work with us to keep people safe.”

Police expect today will see heavy traffic congestion as people visit the Fair. Those with horses are being urged to tether them in the correct places and warned that action wil be taken against those who don’t.

Meanwhile, RSPCA inspectors have voiced concern that some horses at the even are being "overridden".

The charity is appealing for people to be sensible when riding horses.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Melloy said: “We have seen the over ridding of horses creeping back into the fair this year. For the last few years, this is something that became unusual to see, however there has been an increase this year.

“Our officers will be taking robust action against anyone who is seen to override a horse. We also continue to appeal to people not to bring dogs to the fair. It is cloudier today but still warm. The temperature in cars rises quickly, causing heatstroke and death.
Just leave your dog at home.”

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