A picture shows a horse that was found living in a flat in Preston, Lancashire.
It’s a picture of a model horse in a window in Illinois, USA that’s been there since at least 2006.
A Facebook post saying that a horse had been found by police living in a flat in Preston has been shared over 25,000 times.
The post says the horse was found “living in a flat on his own, officers say they don't know how the horse got there or who it belongs to, but it had food and water and looked to be in good health”.
That picture wasn’t taken in Preston, and it’s not a real horse. Several photographers have spotted the ‘horse’ peeking through a window in the city of Galena, Illinois. It’s been there since at least 2006.
Google Street View shows that, as of June 2018, the horse was still there.
If you’d like to know more about how to check whether a horse in a window is real or not, we’ve written a guide with some tips on how to spot misleading images online.
This article is part of our work factchecking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as a satire because it was posted by a page that primarily posts humour content.
With Brexit fast approaching, reliable information is crucial.
If you’re here, you probably care about honesty. You’d like to see our politicians get their facts straight, back up what they say with evidence, and correct their mistakes. You know that reliable information matters.
There isn’t long to go until our scheduled departure from the EU and the House of Commons is divided. We need someone exactly like you to help us call out those who mislead the public—whatever their office, party, or stance on Brexit.
Will you take a stand for honesty in politics?