Blood-covered cavalry horses are on the loose in central London

In what might be one of our most apocalyptic-sounding headlines of 2024, five escaped Household Cavalry horses have been on the loose in central London this morning. 

The five horses were partaking in the Household Cavalry’s daily morning exercise on Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, when they threw off their riders, made up of the Lifeguards and Blues & Royals. 

Videos of the horses, one blood-covered, surfaced online. The horses were spotted bolting through streets in Victoria and down to Aldwych, even getting as far as Tower Bridge. 

The Telegraph reported that five people have been injured at three different locations. The ambulance service has been called to horse-related incidents at Buckingham Palace Road, Belgrave Square and the junction of Chancery Lane and Fleet Street. 

In a statement, London Ambulance Service said:

‘We were called at 8.25am today (April 24) to reports of a person being thrown from a horse on Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W.

‘We sent resources to the scene including ambulance crews, a paramedic in a fast response car, and an incident response officer.

‘Our first paramedic was on the scene in five minutes.’

Just before 10.30am, the City of London police force said two of the horses were ‘contained’. 

According to the Guardian, a Metropolitan police spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of a number of horses on the loose in central London. We are working with colleagues in the army to locate them.’

The incident is ongoing.  

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