Horse rescue centre opens

THE RSPCA has opened an equine rehoming facility at its base in Ley- bourne to assist with the growing number of abandoned and rescued horses in the area. The centre isusingpaddocks at its

centre in Castle Way and plans to build a stables in time forwinter. A spokesman said: “Leybourne

welcomed the first horses lastweek, and they’ve settled in well. The site has the newly-fenced paddocks and field shelters as the horses are very happy living out during the sum- mer, and come October, we will be doing an official opening when our stable/barnwill be built.” The move comes as the animal

charity describes the issue of aban- donedandill-treatedhorses as being at “crisis point”. The charity has 928 horses in its care and its 24-hour emergency line received more than 80 calls a day about horses last year. A spokesman said: “The crisis

shows no sign of easing, with huge pressures on the charity to find sta- bles andfunding to care for the large number of horses it has had to take in. The majority of horses taken in by the RSPCA have to be cared for inprivate boarding stables at further cost to the charity.”

Warnings after police see spate of burglaries

KENT Police have been appeal- ing for information after reports of several burglaries in the Ley- bourne area. Officers have asked residents to

be vigilant and to make sure households are secure at night. Police received a call at 3.50am

on Thursday,August 23,with a re- port of a man who had entered a house in Roundhay,where he stole a handbag and some keys. The suspect was disturbed by

the occupants. Wearing a hooded top, he left the scene in a blue Ford Fiesta with a secondman. Two further overnight break-ins

have also been reported. Between 11pm on August 12 and midday on August 13, clothing and keys were reportedly stolen from a house in Harvest Ridge. In addition, bags, a wallet and a

purse were reported as being stolen from a property in Wil- lowmead between August 13 and 14 . InspectorAndyGallon, fromthe

Community Safety Unit, said: “Whilst we are investigating these incidents, I would urge all resi- dents to remain vigilant and en- sure your doors and windows are fully secured overnight. If you see somebody acting suspiciously in the area during the hours of dark- ness, call 999.” Anyonewith informationwhich

could assist the investigations should call Kent Police 01622 604100 quoting crime reference YY/030404/18. Alternatively, you can contact the independent char- ity Crimestoppers in Kent anony- mously on 0800 555 111.


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