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Man arrested for punching police horse after England World Cup exit

Quantock the police horse is recovering after being attacked in Weston-super-Mare.

England fans show on screen at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (Tim Goode/PA)
England fans show on screen at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (Tim Goode/PA)

A man has been arrested after punching a horse following England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Avon and Somerset Police were patrolling the streets of Weston-super-Mare during and after Wednesday night’s match, along with police horses Quantock and Jubilee.

The force said that after dealing with a disorder at the end of the match, a man assaulted an officer and punched Quantock three times.

The 23-year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and criminal damage for punching the horse.

Later, the force tweeted a picture of the two horses in their paddock.

A force spokesman said both Quantock and the officer were “fine”.

Chief Inspector John Holt said: “This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will ensure all those involved in this disorder will be dealt with robustly.

“In particular, I would condemn in the strongest terms the individual who punched a police horse, which was there to ensure the safety of those enjoying the match.

“While England’s heroes won the pride and respect of everyone in Russia, these individuals have let themselves down and should be ashamed to call themselves fans.”

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