Mounted police to patrol Inverness on busiest weekend of the year
MOUNTED police will be patrolling Inverness city centre on what is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for pubs and clubs.
Revellers out enjoying a boozy lunch or dinner on "Mad Friday" can expect to encounter four horses, which will patrol the streets during the course of the day, as part of a police initiative to help keep people safe during the festive season.
Over the years, the weekend before Christmas has proved to be a busy one for A&E and police - due to folk over indulging in alcohol.
The four police horses, which are being drafted up from Stewarton, Ayrshire, will also attend the football match on Saturday which will see Caledonian Thistle take on Aberdeen.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division, as part of a national police force, has access to specialist resources and can utilise these where they can be of benefit to local policing.
"There will be four horses patrolling in and around the city this Friday and Saturday providing a high-visibility police presence as part of Operation Respect, which is a divisional initiative to help keep people safe during the festive season."