"I would like to apologize to the horse, to all the mounted section, to people of the North East. I am on medication and had been drinking, but that does not excuse what happened. ...I love animals – I've got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road."
-- Newcastle United fan Barry Rogerson, 45, who was caught on video punching a police horse during rioting in the streets after Sunday's game against Sunderland. Bud, the horse, escaped uninjured and has returned to duty. Rogerson says he's afraid to leave his house for fear of revenge attacks and claims there have been 700 Twitter requests for his address. (Mirror)