Escaped ponies bring traffic to halt on busy Wearside road

Traffic was brought to a standstill after ponies escaped onto a busy dual carriageway.

Sunday, 27th January 2019, 3:25 pm
Updated Sunday, 27th January 2019, 4:13 pm
The horses were spotted on the loose on Houghton Cut this afternoon.

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.

The horses were spotted on the loose on Houghton Cut this afternoon.

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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.