A PONY-and-trap race was stopped in its tracks by Essex Police officers.

Officers were deployed to Thurrock and Brentwood on Saturday morning following reports of a race set to take place.

Similar events have taken place in the area in the past, and a video of one such race went viral in January.

The shocking footage showed an illegal pony-and-trap race with two horses racing along what is believed to have been the A127.

The race came to an abrupt end when a horse collided with the central reservation, throwing the rider from the carriage.

A Traffic Regulation Order has been put in place by Thurrock Council on The Manorway, Corringham, prohibiting horse-drawn carriages from using the road.

A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed officers were called out on Saturday to prevent an event from taking place.

He said: "We have received information relating to pony and trap racing in locations in the Brentwood and Thurrock areas.

"Officers have been working to disrupt this activity and prevent it from taking place."