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IMAGE: With Police horse that died after it collapsed at Notting Hill Carnival, is credited as 14-year-old chestnut gelding with a ‘flawless’ career who ‘loved sniffing pockets for treats’ – because police say it’ too early’ to be a cause of death

  • Police Horse (PH) Sandown collapsed around 9pm and died on the spot
  • He has been described as ‘playing an integral role in helping the police in London’
  • PH Sandown was experienced, brave and “a pro,” according to the Met
  • Last night police confirmed the news of the horse’s death ‘with great sadness’

A police horse that died last night after collapsing while on duty at Notting Hill Carnival has been named as Police Horse (PH) Sandown alongside a photo of him.

Standing 16 hands high, the 14-year-old chestnut gelding is described as one of the Metropolitan Police’s most experienced horses, having served an ‘impeccable’ seven years in the force.

The Met added: “PH Sandown was also an affectionate character with a lot of personality. He loved his food and always rummaged in his pockets for treats.’

The PH Sandown collapsed around 9 p.m. and died at the scene, despite emergency care being provided.

A police horse that died last night after collapsing while on duty at Notting Hill Carnival has been named as Police Horse (PH) Sandown alongside a photo of him

Police last night confirmed the news of the horse’s death “with great sadness” on social media and announced the start of an investigation into the cause.

While it’s too early to determine the cause of death at this stage, it described the animal’s death today as a “sudden death.”

Police described PH Sandown as having ‘an integral role in helping the police in London’.

The Met said that PH Sandown was donated to the police in 2015 and was able to quickly convince officers because of his good character.

He was the horse of choice to help new officers gain confidence during their training.

The Met said the horse was “a pro at controlling events of all kinds in London”, adding: “He showed his bravery and courage at numerous football matches.”

Police-reported PH Sandown was also selected to perform at the Mounted Activity Ride in Olympia and the Mounted Musical Ride.

It went on to say, “PH Sandown was a big part of the Mounted Branch family and was much loved. He will be sorely missed by everyone.’

The Met added that while it too early to establish a cause of death at this stage, an autopsy is underway.

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