Lincolnshire – home to Pegasus Health – is the setting for a new campaign to combat horse stealing.

Lincolnshire Horsewatch has been set up by the county’s police force and the national Horsewatch Alliance with the intention of reducing the number of thefts of both horses and equestrian equipment.

Saddles, tacks, rugs and horse boxes are among the prime targets for thieves, with some horse saddles selling for up to £1,000.

Horse owners in the county have welcomed the scheme which will see the appointment of a co-ordinator for Lincolnshire who will become a point of contact for any victims of crime and alert other scheme members when a potential thief is on the prowl.

Becoming a Horsewatch member will also allow you to benefit from latest security advice.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Richard Crompton has said: “I am delighted to give my full support to Lincolnshire Horsewatch.

“In a large rural community such as ours it is essential both police and community work together to prevent equine crime and in order to do that we must be able to communicate quickly.

“Horsewatch enables us to stay in touch with the community and I am committed to providing the support necessary for it to succeed.”

To find out more about Lincolnshire Horsewatch, and how to join, visit the Lincolnshire Police website.