This pampered police horse won't start his shift and get out of bed - without a big mug of tea.

Police horse Jake has been serving with Merseyside Police force for the past 15 years and has picked up a love for sugary tea over his long career.

After mischievously sticking his tongue in his rider's morning cup of tea, Jake fell in love with the hot drink and was soon begging for more.

The human members of the Merseyside Police Mounted Section now include Jake in their tea round - and always include a big brew for Jake.

The chestnut brown horse has become so infatuated with the drink that he'll even wait in bed for his special big mug to be brought to him before starting the day.

Jake likes his tea with skimmed milk, two heaped teaspoons of sugar and a little cold water mixed in so it isn't too hot.

Merseyside Police Mounted Section manager and trainer Lindsey Gaven said: "Jake is one of twelve horses we've got at the stable working with us.

"I'd definitely describe Jake as a horse with a lot of character.

"We've all learnt his tea order - he'll deal with one sugar, but is definitely happier when you remember to give him two.

"If you're at the side of the stable and he sees you with a mug in your hand, you can guarantee he'll trot on over to try and steal a slurp!"

When not gulping down a mug of tea at the police stables in Allerton, in Liverpool, Jake can be seen working hard across Merseyside and often polices football matches.

He's worked as a police horse at Aintree Racecourse overseeing the annual Grand National many times over his lengthy career.

At 20 years old, Jake is due to retire from the force next year, but until then, there'll always be a giant mug of tea waiting for this cheeky horse.