Young Potters Bar man saves horse during South Mimms stampede

PUBLISHED: 14:32 12 October 2016

Nitithorn Buapa with his stepdad James Valle

Nitithorn Buapa with his stepdad James Valle


A young Potters Bar man saved a horse's life after 15 of the animals stampeded through traffic near South Mimms.

They escaped from a nearby field last Thursday evening, and were running wild by Junction 23 of the M25.

A police spokeswoman confirmed two horses were killed and several were injured.

Ex-Mount Grace pupil Nitithorn Buapa, and his stepfather James Valle, were close to the A1(M) South Mimms junction when they spotted the horses careering towards them.

James, 33, told the Potters Bar Edition: “My son started shouting ‘horses, horses’, and as I started to brake, we saw four of them coming towards us.

“Then on our side of the road, three other horses have hit the side of two cars in front, smashing the wing mirrors and the offside.

“As they continued to run past, another horse has appeared and gone straight into the car in front of us, on to the bonnet and the windscreen, and then slid on to the other side of the road.”

Unperturbed by the chaos, the pair followed police officers who were attempting to control the frenzy, and eventually came across a captured horse that had “blood streaming down its leg”.

Nitithorn, 18, who is a member of Potters Bar Air Cadets, dived in to help, which James believes saved the horse’s life.

“A lot of people, even police officers, didn’t really want to get hands-on with the horse,” James said.

“I was very surprised that he just took charge and was saying ‘this is what I need’. He was very calm.

“He managed to stem most of the blood with bandages, and a while after when the vets turned up they commented saying ‘who did this, they have done a very good job’.”

A police spokeswoman said officers are still trying to establish how the horses escaped, and no decision has been made on whether further action will be taken.

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