NEW footage filmed by ITV News has shown a horse running through central London “covered in blood”.

Chaos erupted when seven of the animals got loose, with four soldiers thrown off during an extended exercise in Belgravia on Wednesday. 

Ambulance crews treated four people in three separate incidents in the space of 10 minutes as the animals ran amok. 

In a post on Twitter/X, ITV News investigations editor Daniel Hewitt shared footage of two horses running through the city.

Nobody was riding either of the horses and one of them appeared to be covered in blood while the other ran into a black cab.

Hewitt said: “Two horses have just been seen running down Aldwych in central London. One covered in blood. Filmed by @itvnews.

“We’ve called the Met Police. One horse ran into a black cab. The other was covered in what looked like blood. Awful.”

The drama began near Buckingham Palace Road where witnesses saw a serviceman thrown from his horse, and one of the loose animals smashing into a taxi waiting outside the Clermont Hotel, shattering the windows. 

A horse also crashed into a parked double-decker tour bus, smashing the windscreen, and one collided with a taxi, but no-one was hurt.

Roland, a worker for tour bus company Tootbus, said: "I saw horses come from the bus station in front of Victoria run around in a frenzy. 

The National:

"People were running around to avoid them - it was total mayhem."

According to an Army spokesperson, the horses have now been recovered.

They said: "A number of military working horses became loose during routine exercise this morning.

"All of the horses have now been recovered and returned to camp. A number of personnel and horses have been injured and are receiving the appropriate medical attention."

The London Ambulance Service said it was called at 8.25am to reports of a person being thrown from a horse in Buckingham Palace Road.

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A spokesperson said: “We sent resources to the scene including ambulance crews, a paramedic in a fast response car and an incident response officer.

“Our first paramedic was on the scene in five minutes. The incident is still ongoing and we are working with our emergency services partners.”

The Met Police has also confirmed that all of the horses have been recovered.

Writing on Twitter/X, City of London Police said: "At around 8.40am, we were called about horses that had became loose and were travelling through the city. 

"Our officers have contained two horses on the highway near Limehouse. An Army horse box collected the horses and transported them to veterinary care."