Police horse formerly known as Brian...
A police horse has been named after the Quantock Hills following an appeal for name suggestions for Avon and Somerset Police's latest equine recruit.
Up until now, the seven-year-old bay Irish draught cross, newly recruited to the force, has been known as Brian.
But, as he heads out on his first police duties, he will take a new name chosen by members of the public.
He is to be known as Quantock, a name selected by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens from thousands of suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.
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"Of all the choices, I picked Quantock after the hills in Somerset; I thought it was a beautiful name for a stunning horse," she said.
The name was suggested by two members of the public, so a draw had to be held to decide the winner of the contest, whose prize is to pay Quantock a visit and find out more about his work with the mounted section of the police force.
Quantock has been training with the force for a year. While some of the horses recruited by Avon & Somerset already have stable names, they are always given a new official name which relates to the force area in some way.