Two runaway horses wreaked havoc on the streets of Thirroul on Wednesday, landing one person in hospital and creating a headache for police and council officers.
The horses were first spotted about 5.30am at the reserve behind the surf club.
At 6am, they were trotting south on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, near the shops, before heading towards the railway line on the corner of King Street and Redman Avenue.
Later in the morning, a woman was knocked over by one of the horses on High Street.
Paramedics attended the incident, after a call from the public.
The woman, aged in her 30s, was taken to Wollongong Hospital with back injuries.
About 8.15am, police asked Wollongong City Council for help to control the animals.
Police had already restrained the horses, and council officers were able to walk the animals back to a property where they were being kept.
A council spokesman said information on the horses’ owner was being sought and a penalty infringement notice would be issued for failing to keep an animal under control.
A person who causes or permits an animal to be unattended in a public place may be guilty of an offence unless the person establishes they took all reasonable precautions to prevent the animal from being unattended.
The maximum penalty is $550.