Freckleton boy Finnigan is force’s latest recruit

The black shire gelding meeting his namesake, Chief Constable Steve Finnigan
The black shire gelding meeting his namesake, Chief Constable Steve Finnigan

Lancashire Constabulary’s long-serving Chief Constable has been recognised with a unique honour after the Mounted Branch’s newest recruit was named.

Horses are usually named after places in the county, but in a break with tradition, ‘Finnigan’has been named after the force’s top cop.

I was genuinely surprised and really touched when the Mounted Branch team said they wanted to name a horse after me

The black shire gelding, measuring 17.3 hands high – the equivalent of 5ft 11in – met his namesake, Chief Constable Steve Finnigan, at the police stables in Lindle Lane, Hutton.

Staff at the Mounted Branch decided to name the horse after Mr Finnigan in recognition of his 11 years as Chief Constable. In June he marks 40 years as a police officer and will retire from the service next year.

Mr Finnigan said: “I was genuinely surprised and really touched when the Mounted Branch team said they wanted to name a horse after me.

Finnigan, born in 2009, was acquired from a private owner in Freckleton by Lancashire Police in January.