Video footage shows the moment a police horse collapsed at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Sandown, a 14-year-old horse, died at the event at 9pm on Sunday after falling over.
Officers are seen rushing to the scene to save the animal as Sandown lay down motionless on the pavement.
At the time they tried to keep the public at bay as people watched on in horror at the scene unfolding.
Sandown was unable to be saved and died at the scene, despite being given emergency care.
An eyewitness at the scene said: ‘I was around the horse for half an hour or so before it collapsed and it looked really uncomfortable.
‘It was mumbling constantly and the officer was trying to get it to calm down.
‘In the end it looked like the heat and the environment was too much for it and it just started fitting.
‘It was horrific to watch, and I’ve struggled to sleep the last few nights thinking about what happened.’
The Metropolitan Police said the death was ‘sudden’ and a post-mortem examination is now underway.
The 14-year-old chestnut gelding was described as one of the Met’s most experienced horses, having served with the police force for the past seven years.
He quickly won over police officers with his good nature when he joined the force in 2015.
Sandown was described as ‘playing an integral role in helping police London’.
The force added in tribute: ‘He demonstrated his bravery and courageousness at numerous football fixtures whilst also being selected to perform at the Mounted Activity Ride at Olympia, and the Mounted Musical Ride.
‘PH Sandown was a massive part of the Mounted Branch family and was loved dearly. He will be sorely missed by all.’
The Met has as many as 110 horses across its force today.
The Mounted Branch’s role includes high visibility patrols, undertaking community engagement, and specialising in crowd control at sporting events, demonstrations, public order events, and state ceremonial occasions such as Trooping the Colour.
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