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Fan 'punched horse in self-defence'

April 17, 2013
By Kristan Heneage
The man who punched a police horse as violence broke out in Newcastle after the Tyne-Wear derby has claimed the animal bolted towards him and he was acting in self-defence.

• The Toe Poke: Fan punches horse

Barry Rogerson, 45, was caught on camera as he punched the horse, called Bud, in the head.

But he said he had been trying to fend off the animal after it became startled and bolted towards him.

"The horse got spooked and it just come running ...

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