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Man to face trial after row over attempt to feed police horse a sausage roll


A 41-year-old man is to face the court after police arrested him for getting angry after attempting to feed a police horse a sausage roll.

Francis Kelly was arrested after attempting to share the pastry with the animal. Police reportedly didn’t want the horse to eat the sausage roll.

Mr Kelly, who denies the charge, allegedly attempted to feed the animal in Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, on 26 September this year.

Prosecutors claim that Mr Kelly behaved in a “threatening or abusive manner” after he was told by police to stop trying to give the horse the sausage-based snack.

The authorities claim that Kelly broke the law when he ignored warnings from police not to give the pastry to the animal.

Friends of Mr Kelly, speaking to The Daily Telegraph, told reporters that he had offered the horse the sausage roll because “it looked hungry”.

The court is expected to be told that Mr Kelly allegedly “adopted an aggressive stance” towards officers when told to put the food away.

In a similar incident from 2005 an Oxford University student, Sam Brown, was arrested after he asked a mounted police officer if he realised his horse was “gay”.

Brown was arrested for allegedly making homophobic remarks, but the case was later dropped.