A local authority1 in England2 may detain a horse3 which is in any public place4 in its area, if the local authority has reasonable grounds for believing that the horse is there without lawful authority, and, if the land is lawfully occupied by a person, that person consents to the detention of the horse, or the local authority has reasonable grounds for believing that that person would consent to the detention of the horse (but this does not require the authority to seek consent)5.
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