Escaped ponies bring traffic to halt on busy Wearside road
Traffic was brought to a standstill after ponies escaped onto a busy dual carriageway.
Northumbria Police officers came across the animals on the A690 at Houghton Cut shortly after 4pm today and stopped to round up the ponies.
Traffic was brought to a stop for a short period and tailbacks were caused for motorists heading from Sunderland towards Durham.
At least two horses were involved in the incident.
The force has confirmed they have not been reunited with their owner after the officers managed to catch them shortly before 5pm.