Resident’s plea to stop horses roaming free

Horse poo on a patch of grass on Gibson Street, Bickershaw - where it is claimed horses have been roaming on the street
Horse poo on a patch of grass on Gibson Street, Bickershaw - where it is claimed horses have been roaming on the street
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HORSES roaming around a Wigan village have sparked safety concerns after they were spotted heading into busy traffic.

In one incident, two horses wandered on to Gibson Street and Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, causing motorists to swerve to avoid a collision.

They were still walking around the road at 8am when I was trying to go to work, cars had to try and avoid them on Gibson Street to the point where we had to contact the police again as they were heading to Bickershaw Lane which is a really busy road

Terri Singleton

One resident of Gibson Street, Terri Singleton, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said: “One morning I was woken up at 4am with the horses grazing again outside my house.

“They were still walking around the road at 8am when I was trying to go to work, cars had to try and avoid them on Gibson Street to the point where we had to contact the police again as they were heading to Bickershaw Lane which is a really busy road.

“The cars are swerving to miss them, which is a danger and an accident waiting to happen.

“There is horse muck everywhere, so much so that the kids can’t play on the council-owned green in Gibson Street anymore. The horses are even going onto gardens causing damage.

“I am sick of trying to get something done about these animals - this has been going on for months, under the Control of Horses Act 2015 I fail to understand why this cannot be sorted.

“The horses are from a field nearby - either they take responsibility for them and fence the field in, or they have them removed as illegals.

“There is someone living in the farmhouse so they must have some responsibilty.

“When someone is seriously injured or even killed whilst these horses are wandering around busy roads, I hope they take responsibility.

“I have called the police and ward councillor Eunice Smethurst and the RSPCA but no-one seems able to take direct action.”