Met Police pays tribute to horse that collapsed and died at Notting Hill Carnival
The force paid tribute to the 'bravery' and 'courageousness' of Police Horse Sandown
The Met Police has issued a eulogy for a police horse that collapsed and died at Notting Hill Carnival.
The force said the animal collapsed at about 9pm on Sunday and was given emergency care but died at the scene.
It has since been named as Police Horse Sandown, and had been serving in the force for seven years.
The Met said the chestnut gelding had played a key role in policing London.
It added: "PH Sandown was gifted to the Met in 2015 and his good nature quickly won over officers.
"He was the go-to horse to help new officers grow in confidence as they went through their training.
"A pro at policing all types of events across London, he demonstrated his bravery and courageousness at numerous football fixtures whilst also being selected to perform at the Mounted Activity Ride at Olympia, and the Mounted Musical Ride."
A post-mortem into the death of the horse is being held, with its cause of death currently unknown.
The tribute continues: "Police horses are working animals, but PH Sandown was also an affectionate character who was full of personality.
"He loved his food and was always nuzzling in pockets looking for treats.
"PH Sandown was a massive part of the Mounted Branch family and was loved dearly. He will be sorely missed by all."