Two horses which were removed from a children’s play area in Accrington have turned up on another play site in Oswaldtwistle.
Just days after the pair were removed from the site on Coal Pit Lane by their owners following a council notice, the horses were placed on land within a fenced-off play area on Albert Street, Oswaldtwistle.
However there are now three horses instead of two.
Hyndburn council has said two of the horses are the same pair that were put on the Accrington site which is known as the Balloon Field in May.
The horses were found on the Oswaldtwistle site on Wednesday, August 10.
A resident, who did not want to be named, said: "It looks like the horses from the field on Coal Pit Lane have been relocated to a fenced-off play area on Albert Street, Oswaldtwistle.
"But now there are three of them tethered in the play area. And someone has fixed a lock on the entrance gate to bar access to the public."
The land is owned by the council. Bosses at the council are planning to issue a notice for removal of the animals.
Under the terms of the notice the horses must be removed by a certain date. If they are not, an enforcement company will impound them as a last resort.
A spokesman for the council confirmed that two of the horses had previously been at Coal Pit Lane until an enforcement notice was issued.
Councillor Clare Pritchard, deputy leader of the council, said: "We are already dealing with the enforcement agency who will soon be posting notices on site and will carry on keeping a close eye on the situation there."
After the horses appeared on the Accrington site residents living near the area contacted the council with concerns about safety and hygiene.
The council issued a seven-day-notice for their removal on Wednesday, August 3 and the horses were off the site by Wednesday, August 10.