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Olympic hope denies horse rustling

An international arrest warrant has been issued for one of Britain’s leading showjumpers after four horses worth £150,000 were allegedly stolen from a stables in Belgium.

Laura Newman, one of Britain’s hopes for the 2012 Olympics, appeared at Horseferry Road Magistrates’ Court in London as part of a continuing investigation by Belgian police, the Press Association reports.

Miss Newman, 30, who has in the past competed against Zara Phillips, was remanded on bail until September 7 on a surety of £20,000. Horses were allegedly taken from the stables of Madame Joelle Triplot-Leonard during a pre-dawn raid near the town of Liege just after Christmas last year.
The horses were: A £50,000 bay mare called Mouche, a dark bay gelding called Polo worth £30,000, a chestnut gelding worth £20,000 called Atleht, and a grey gelding called Liago worth £50,000.