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Long service Greater Manchester Police horse retires

The longest-serving horse with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is retiring to the pastures of Buckinghamshire after 15 years service.

Dickens, a 16-hand gelding, has worked at football matches, concerts and public demonstrations since 1996.

The 21-year-old will be joined by his stablemate Warwick, who is retiring after four years, having developed early joint problems.

The pair will live at the Horse Trust's Home of Rest for Horses.

GMP stable manager Mima Manning said: "Dickens is one of our toughest and bravest horses.

"He has a cheerful temperament and always goes to work with a smile on his face. He has given a lot to Greater Manchester."

She said that most police horses retire after eight to 10 years and that Dickens' long service was exceptional.

The Irish thoroughbred cross has developed arthritis, which can cause him occasional lameness.

Ms Manning said: "It's great that after working hard for the people of Greater Manchester, Dickens and Warwick will be able to spend the remainder of their years in the peaceful paddocks at The Horse Trust's Home of Rest."

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