A NEWLY-RECRUITED police horse met his namesake earlier last month as he carried out his first patrol.

The latest recruit to the force, PH Wortley, roamed the area recently for the first time and met with Lady Rowena Stuart Wortley at the Wortley Arms.

The four-year-old horse, known around the farm in Cudworth as Sully, has spent the last couple of weeks under the saddle of experienced rider and officer PC Sally Bellamy.

She said: “I feel so privileged to be PH Wortley’s dedicated rider, he’s been showing us that this is the job he was made to do. “He’s one of the youngest horses we have had, and although he has a lot of maturing to do, he is already demonstrating he is honest and trustworthy, which is so important to build a partnership on.

“We are often put in challenging and difficult situations and like in any police team, you need to have trust in your partner.

“I am looking forward to teaching him more and him maturing over these next couple of years.”

Lady Rowena, who was born and bred in the area and whose family has lived here since the 1500s, said: “I think he’s absolutely fabulous.

“It has been lovely to meet him this morning.

“He’s a lovely horse with a mischievous look on his face, which really appeals to me.

“I just know he’s going to be fabulous at his job, and it’s great to see him in the area.”