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A driver parked his horse-drawn van in a street near three schools. A child threw a stone at the horse, which bolted. A police officer stepped in to stop the horse. The horse driver was liable for the policeman’s injuries regardless of the young bowler’s contribution. (Haynes v Harwood, KB, 1935)The defendants left their coach in a car park with the petrol tank drained. A small boy chucked a lighted match into the tank, injuring a lad on some wasteland nearby. The court decided that boys will be boys and they will throw matches, but somebody else had removed the petrol cap. That was unforeseeable and beyond the defendants’ control, which meant that they were not liable. (Perry v Kendricks Transport Ltd, 1956)

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