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What happened to London’s runaway horses running through the city?

Several people have been injured by a number of runaway horses after they raced through central London, chased by police and crashing into cars, taxis and a tourist bus.

Authorities confirmed that a number of animals were at large, while eyewitnesses reported seeing destroyed vehicles and one of the horses covered in blood.

Here’s what we know and don’t know about the free-roaming horses:

The ambulance service was called this morning around 8.25 am after a rider was thrown from a horse. It was later reported that several animals were roaming the streets.

Several horses were spotted running loose near Buckingham Palace, with two taken under control by police in Docklands after a dramatic chase.

Police have now confirmed that all escaped animals have been located and that the situation is now stable.

City of London Police said: “Around 8.40am we received a call about horses that had become loose and were running through the city. Our officers controlled two horses on the highway at Limehouse.

A black horse collides with a London taxi after driving onto the A4 near Aldwych, central London.  Date of photo: Wednesday April 24, 2024.A black horse collides with a London taxi after driving onto the A4 near Aldwych, central London.  Date of photo: Wednesday April 24, 2024.

A black horse collides with a London taxi after driving off the A4 near Aldwych in central London. (FATHER)

“We are waiting for an army horse box to pick up the horses and take them to the vet.”

During the horses’ journey, they were seen crashing into cars, a taxi and a tourist bus, which was left with a broken windshield.

One of the horses ran through the streets covered in blood, which appears likely to be an injury from a collision with a vehicle.

It is not clear how many horses were walking around this morning. Taxi driver Sean told BBC Radio London that he saw three horses being chased.

“It sounded like a car crash, possibly one was injured. Maybe that’s why only two were seen,” he said.

“I was coming out of Buckingham Palace Road, one of the riders was on his back and was being attended to. There was a Mercedes Vito parked outside the Grosvenor Hotel, its side smashed in and covered in blood.

“All the windows are smashed, so I suspect the white horse ran into them.”

It is also not clear how the horses got loose and how many riders were initially with the horses.

There is also no confirmation yet as to where the horses came from – although there are unconfirmed reports that the horses came from the Household Cavalry.

A number of people were injured in the chaos during the morning, but the number of injured (and horses) has yet to be confirmed.