Reports have been shared of Household Cavalry horses running loose through the streets of London this morning (Wednesday 24 April). The horses allegedly were spooked and their riders fell off, and images appear to show blood covering the chest and front legs of one of the loose horses, a grey.

The Telegraph states at least one rider has been injured, and that a horse hit a number of vehicles. A soldier was pictured receiving treatment outside the Clermont Hotel in Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria.

Buckingham Palace Road and Victoria Bus Station have been closed following the incident.

A spokesperson for City of Westminster Police said they were aware of the loose horses and were working with their colleagues, including the Army, to locate them.

The London Ambulance Service said they were called at 8:25am to reports of a person being thrown from a horse on Buckingham Palace Road.

“We sent resources to the scene including ambulance crews, a paramedic in a fast response car, and an incident response officer,” they said. “Our first paramedic was on the scene in five minutes.

“The incident is still ongoing and we are working with our emergency services partners.”

Big Bus Tours said a horse collided with one of its parked buses but that none of their staff were injured.

Since then an image appears to show at least one of the horses has been caught. However, the BBC reports that at least one horses “charged past Aldwych House” at 10.12am.

Updates on the loose Cavalry Horses incident

  • City of London Police said it has managed to contain two of the loose horses near Limehouse, East London. They said they were waiting for a horsebox to take the horses away from the scene and to receive veterinary care.

  • At 10.30am Westminster Police reported all horses had been captured. “We’re pleased to confirm that all of the horses have been accounted for,” they said. “We are continuing to liaise with the Army.”
  • An Army spokesman has confirmed that the horses have been returned to camp and they are receiving veterinary attention.

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