Gift horse: Ex-tabloid editor loaned police steed

Gift horse: Ex-tabloid editor loaned police steed London: British police gave former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks a retired police steed to look after, the force confirmed on Tuesday but they insisted it was not a gift horse.

The Metropolitan Police said the horse was loaned to Brooks former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers in 2008 under a programme that allows people to care for retired service animals.

The force said the horse which was not identified by name was rehoused with a police officer in 2010. It has since died of natural causes, police said.

Brooks' spokesman, David Wilson, confirmed Brooks had been a "foster carer" for the animal, and said Brooks had paid for the upkeep of the horse while it was stabled at her rural home.

"This is just a charitable thing Rebekah did," he said. Britain's media ethics inquiry is currently looking into claims of crooked relations between the press and police.

Bureau Report