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An English football fan has been arrested after punching a police horse in anger.
The incident occurred when England lost in the world cup semi finals against Croatia on Wednesday evening.
Police officers from both Somerset and Avon were patrolling the streets of Weston-super-Mare with police horses Quantock and Jubilee on Wednesday 11th July.
Following the attack the police continued to say a man had allegedly punched Quantock three times. A 23 year old man was arrested in suspicion of assaulting a police officer and criminal damage for punching the horse.
Chief Inspector John Holt said: "This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will ensure all those involved in this disorder will be dealt with robustly.
"In particular, I would condemn in the strongest terms the individual who punched a police horse, which was there to ensure the safety of those enjoying the match.
"While England's heroes won the pride and respect of everyone in Russia, these individuals have let themselves down and should be ashamed to call themselves fans.”
Police have confirmed that both officer and horse have made a full recovery. They later released a picture of the horses resting in the paddock.
ASPoliceHorses tweeted: "Our beautiful Boys Jubilee & Quantock on their way home from @ASPWSM after dealing with disorder at the end of #England game. Male arrested for assault PC. Also arrested criminal damage for punching Quantock #NeverAcceptable to assault officers or animals! #Quantockisnothurt"