A NEW police initiative called Horse Watch has been launched to prevent stable and livery crime.

Launched by Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the scheme advises horse owners on the security of livery yards, the marking of horses, ponies and all associated tack, trailers and boxes. It will also offer help and support to victims of horse-related crime.

It has been launched following a recent rise in incidents in North Somerset.

Police Community Support Officer Vicky Skeath said: “We have already held tack marking sessions which have proved successful. We marked £15,000 worth of tack on the first session alone.

“We urge people to register their horses and equipment to avoid becoming a victim of equine crime.

“The scheme is currently looking for sponsors and donations. If you are interested in helping please contact us.”