Local police are hunting for suspects after 21 of the Queen’s horses were released from a field and left in the surrounding area.
The horses, which belong to the Army, were released from a training regiment field in Melton, Leicestershire on August 4. They travelled along a motorway before being found hours later.
“We know the horses travelled along Asfordby Road, through Asfordby village along the A6006 and then to Six Hills where they were all located and secured,” Melton Police wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
The horses were returned to the stables around 2.30 a.m.
Some of them were involved in minor collisions on the road, but nobody from the vehicles reported to be injured, police said.
All of the horses “are making a good recovery,” an Army spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider UK.
Officers are still searching for the incident’s perpetrators and are urging witnesses to come forward, a Melton Police spokeswoman told BI UK.
The map below shows a rough route the horses may have taken, though Melton Police could not confirm this.
Two Melton Police Facebook posts about the incident – one on August 5 and another on August 7 – were shared over 900 times, with comments ranging from sympathy to indignance.
“Why would somebody do such a thing? It makes me sick to think that to some people this constitutes ‘fun!'” Facebook user Andrea Andi McQuaid wrote in a comment. “Hope all the horses are ok? X.”
“I hope every ounce of resources is being used to catch the heartless scum,” user Jane Brown commented on another post.
Witnesses also gave statements to the Leicester Mercury, the area’s local paper, but the Melton Police spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny the statements as she said she could not disclose information about ongoing investigations.
“We understand the shock and anger the incident may have caused but we ask that people don’t speculate on social media,” Melton Police wrote on Facebook.
“The Ministry of Defence is particularly grateful to members of the local community, the police and veterinary staff from Nottingham University, who helped to get the situation under control and the horses home so quickly,” the Army statement said.