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UTTER TRAP: Pony and trap racing causes controversy in Chalfont St Peter

 Published on: 9th February 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents have spoken out about pony and trap racing in Chalfont St Peter following an incident in which a projectile was thrown at a moving vehicle.

The A413 Amersham Road is a known hotspot for pony and trap racing.

This recent incident took place at around 8.46am on Saturday, January 13. Police have confirmed that pony and trap racing was taking place in the area at the time. No one was injured, but a vehicle was damaged by the projectile.

Pony and trap racing also took place in the village over the weekend of January 27 and 28, reportedly causing disruption for motorists. Thames Valley Police engaged with the organisers to “prevent any disorder, public safety issues and any animal welfare issues”.

Last month, CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews invited residents to have their say on the issue.

Several residents commented that the racing causes serious difficulties for motorists who get stuck behind the traps, while others expressed their concern for the welfare of the horses.

One resident said: “It is not only cruel to the horses; one day it will cause a death if they stop an ambulance getting a casualty to hospital.”

Another said: “It has been a very serious and dangerous problem for the area for decades now.”

However, one social media user remarked that the activity is “part of rural life” and has been a tradition since the 13th century, while another said: “They have been doing this for years and years and I’m sure the police have more important situations to deal with!”

Anyone with information about the incident on January 13 should call 101 quoting reference 4324001879.

Photo credit: South Buckinghamshire TVP

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