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Braintree: Campaigner slams mounted unit decision
12:00pm Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
A Braintree mother who collected more than 5,000 signatures in a bid to save the mounted unit has slammed a decision to axe it.
Sonia Mills, 34, of Rushmore Drive, Braintree, began a petition and set up a Facebook page, which received more than 1,200 likes, in support of the Essex Police unit after hearing it faced closure, to save £600,000.
She handed the petition to the Essex Police Authority but on Thursday the force announced that the unit was disbanded for a second time.
In 1999 Essex Police got rid of the popular horseback team but the force brought it back in 2007 with the then chief constable describing it as possibly the best thing the force had done.
Mrs Mills said: “It is a sad day for Essex Police and the community has lost a high visibility police presence that has been stripped from our streets."
See Wednesday's Times for the full story.
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