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Horse owners reminded of security fencing importance

Horse owners reminded of security fencing importance
A woman whose horses strayed onto an A road is being sued for £3.8 million by a motorist, badly injured when his vehicle collided with one of them, who is claiming negligence over the upkeep and maintenance of security fencing.

The story, reported in the Horse & Hound, explains that David Owen, from Worcester, was driving along the A46 when he hit one of two horses owned by Amanda Johnson.

The incident happened in February 2008.

He broke his neck, damaged his spine and now suffers back, leg and neck pain. The 62-year-old is unable to work, Horse & Hound said.

Mrs Johnson, from Evesham, was prosecuted in September 2008 after pleading guilty to breaching the Animals Act 1971. She was fined £750.

But Mr Owen wants compensation and is claiming that Mrs Johnson did not keep her horses in a securely fenced field, and did not take steps to stop people damaging the fence by climbing over it.

He also says she failed to make sure her security fencing was robust enough and that gates were locked and closed. It is alleged she failed to repair fencing after it had been damaged by a flood, and did not check and maintain them often enough.

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Date: 08/04/2011 16:51:39

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