Suffolk Horsewatch news

Newmarket Horse Box Seller Sentenced 14 February 2017

A Trading Standards investigation into the sale of horse boxes with altered mileage concluded on Friday when the trader was sentenced.

Trading as Ascot Horseboxes, Jean Luc Guillambert, of Heasman Close, Newmarket, was sentenced to 10 months for each of his 11 offences of misleading actions under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations Act 2008, suspended for 18 months.  He was also ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

Suffolk Trading Standards received a complaint about a horse lorry that had been sold with 56,000 miles on the odometer which was supported by an MOT certificate where the mileage history seemed to confirm this. When the consumer went to take the vehicle for an MOT nearly a year later, they discovered the mileage history actually indicated a mileage of at least 125,000 and that the MOT certificate he had been given had been altered.

After executing a warrant at Guillambert’s home address, Suffolk Trading Standards officers obtained evidence of more horseboxes sold with altered mileages and/or altered MOT certificates.


Read more about the case here



Suffolk Horse Watch is a scheme set up to connect all horse owners and riders with the intention of improving security and communication.The aim is to reduce rural and equine crime and, just like Neighbourhood Watch, much can be achieved through general awareness and a little effort from each individual. You do not have to own a horse to become involved; everybody is welcome, whether you just ride occasionally or own the local livery yard.Ideally, every horse owner should be on the Police Direct system to help reduce certain crimes by being aware of them in the first place.The type of information you can expect from the service varies, it can:

Warn you of local farm/horse/tack related crimes

Give information of suspicious vehicles/persons

Ask for intelligence to help us make arrests and warn others

Give related crime reduction/prevention advice

Relay other useful police information.

Please note, Suffolk Horse Watch has no connection to any business or company and is run solely for the benefit of the members.

Anyone who is interested in joining or would like more information can log onto the Suffolk Police website: 

Or e-mail

      • Horse Trailer security advice

         Park your horse trailer up within a secure gated compound or yard where it cannot be seen by passing traffic.

        Fit a hitch lock and wheel clamp.  Caravan sales outlets are a good place to source these.

        If you keep the trailer at your yard, tell the other liveries and the yard owner that no one else has authority to remove the trailer.

        If you are at a show and someone asks you about your trailer do not tell them where you keep it.

        If you take your trailer to a show lock it to the tow vehicle using the locking coupling head and fix your wheel clamp to one of the trailer wheels. Believe it or not horse trailers are often stolen at shows!

        If you keep the trailer at home on your drive, consider using two wheel clamps or attach a heavy duty chain through the trailer towing arms and secure this to an object that cannot be moved.

        Park your vehicle across the trailer or in front of it, nose to nose preventing another vehicle from accessing the hitch and secure your own vehicle as well.

        Satellite/Terrestrial Tracking Units: these are an excellent method of locating and recovering expensive horseboxes and/or trailers. A relatively cheap, when compared to the loss of a vehicle and possibly a horse along with it and thoroughly reliable piece of equipment.

        Another method is to mark the roof of the horsebox/trailer with paint or custom-made vinyl lettering (in much the same way as police vehicles).  This lettering is virtually impossible to remove and is easily visible from road bridges and police aircraft. Mark other parts such as breast bars, partitions and panels. The owner should keep a record of where the trailer has been marked.

        The more you mark the harder job it is to remove so the deterrent is greater, as is the chance of recovery.  Do not leave tack or other properties in the lorry or trailer as it is easy to steal or will simply go missing with it.