Landowners and farmers now have greater powers to deal with horses being illegally left on their land after a new law was introduced this week.
A well-reported problem in south Norfolk, the new Control of Horses Act came into force on Tuesday. The bill has previously had the backing of Norfolk-based horse charity Redwings.
Landowners can now take fly-grazed horses to a place of safety immediately, notifying local police within 24 hours.
If no owner is identified in four working days, the landowner can take action such as re-homing the horses to charities or selling them privately.
CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said: “We pressed for this new law so that farmers and landowners can act for swift resolution when faced with the problem of horses illegally abandoned on their land.”