February 28th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

London police lent horse to Murdoch exec Rebekah Brooks

London's Metropolitan Police lent a retired horse to Rebekah Brooks when she was an executive at Rupert Murdoch's News International, her spokesman and the police said Tuesday.

The revelation was met with incredulity and scorn amid investigations into the potentially corrupt relationship between the police and the press in Britain.

The news immediately prompted the creation of a Twitter account, RebekahsHorse, that began churning out puns including: "My PR has set me up a brief twitter question and answer session later this afternoon. Hope I don't stirrup any trouble."

The BBC unintentionally added to the gag by putting a reporter named Fiona Trott on the story, her colleague Chris Mason tweeted.

But along with the guffaws, the news ramped up pressure even further on Murdoch's empire as it is battered by investigations into police bribery, phone hacking and e-mail hacking.


Filed under: Crime • News of the World • Rupert Murdoch • United Kingdom
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  1. banasy©

    I click on the full post, and it tells me, "Sorry, you are looking for something that is not there."
    That being said, with the little information I have, I have to say BFD.
    She was lent a horse.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Power of money at work in the 'Democratic World'. The manifestations on our own soil are even more glaring.

    good morning @ banasy.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr Ed

    She abused me. I feel so cheap and dirty. Why did they let that horrible woman have me?

    February 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    Common practice for retired in-service horses in Britain. Wealthy people adopt the horse paying for food, board and care which saves the government cash.No scandal here!

    February 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BradleyMANningARMY


    Are they saints? Bradley is nominated for the Nobel Boy Scouting Peace award > can they do NO wrong
    in every country... including America > ARE THEY SAINTS? > no matter what they do? How about their crazy women?

    February 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fairy Err?

    No telling how many pounds Brits spend on pet horse toys. (Or francs French send eating horse but not dog. Do you have to boil horse before you cook it? Dog?)

    February 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      BTW, fairy Err, you better brush up on your currency knowledge, France is using the Euro. The rest of your post is stupid.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    If you boil a horse, you *are* cooking it.
    Mad dogs and Englishmen?
    Or Englishmen with pitbull terriers?
    You decide...!

    February 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mind intentionally left blank...

    I'll eat horse before I eat dog.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      So would I. Herbivore meat is cleaner than carnivore meat. And scavenger meat (eg shellfish) is the worst for toxins.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |

    I don't like where this thread is going. Watch out for these guys Mr.Ed !!

    February 29, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. LASSIE

    I don't like it Neither!! woof!

    February 29, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Just clicked on the full post button again...still being told that "What you're looking for isn't here."
    This cracks me up!

    February 29, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. writers journalist all welcome to apply

    this article was in poor taste

    February 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |