St Albans Community Horse Patrols support firefighters' fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 21:03 29 July 2015

Riders representing  Community Horse Patrol, CHIPS for short, at the London Tunnel toTowers event

Riders representing Community Horse Patrol, CHIPS for short, at the London Tunnel toTowers event

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Swapping St Albans' countryside for London's concrete jungle recently were volunteers from the Community Horse Patrols - CHIPS for short - who took part in a charity event.

Riders from Redbourn and Colney Heath joined runners and walkers in the 5k ‘Tunnel 2 Towers’ in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity.

Local stable owner Lynn Myland, a CHIPS volunteer, said: “It was such a great occasion to be able to ride horses through the Rotherhithe Tunnel along Canary Wharf and five kilometres later end up in Billingsgate Market. The horses were so good.”

The horse patrols began several years ago as an initiative to reduce arson in rural areas, with riders also reporting incidences of fly-tipping at certain hot spots. The scheme is a partnership between the fire service, St Albans district council and competent riders from registered stables, who own specially trained horses.

Volunteers carry out checks in areas not easily accessible by vehicles.

CHIPS is jointly funded in St Albans by Herts Fire and Rescue and St Albans community safety partnership.

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