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Scaffolder “fed up with the congestion charge” comes to work on a horse

Polo grazed in a small patch of land in the Redbrick Estate

21 June, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Emmanuel with his horse Polo


A SCAFFOLDER who was “fed up with the congestion charge and emission zone” rode his horse into work near Old Street station today (Friday).

Emmanuel Buttigieg and his brother left their horse Polo to graze on a small patch of land in the Redbrick estate while they worked on a nearby construction site.

“I think a lot of residents were worried because they saw a horse and thought there was going to be a caravan or something next,” said Mr Buttigieg.

“I am fed up with the congestion charge and emission zone and it was a beautiful morning and I thought it would be a good day to come on a horse.”

Polo at the Redbridge Estate 

The Tribune understands they were given permission to leave the horse by Osborne, the construction company currently redeveloping parts of the estate.
Polo had carried Mr Buttigieg and his brother in a carriage from their home in Bow, East London, to EC1 early this morning and they were seen riding him home this afternoon. They said the trip home would take around 45 minutes.

Polo is three years old and is a Cob and Hackney mix who lives in a stable in Bow.

Some of the residents were delighted to have Polo on their estate and were seen feeding him bags of carrots and taking selfie pictures with him.
A construction worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I was feeling a bit depressed this morning but this improved my day.”

Pete Muswell, the TMO chairman for the estate, said: “Nobody complained to us. It was quite unusual. It was a beautiful animal and a joy to see it there.”

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