A judge is this afternoon (Monday, 14 April) to reconsider his ruling that 29 ponies and donkeys belonging to Amersham horse dealer James Gray should be returned to him.

District Judge Sandeep Kainth had ordered rescue charities to return the 11 donkeys and 18 Shetland ponies to Mr Gray on Friday 4 April.

But as yet the animals have not gone back to Mr Gray as the RSPCA has appealed Judge Kainth’s decision.

On Friday (11 April) a High Court bid to force the RSPCA to return the animals to Mr Gray failed when Mr Justice Wyn Williams said the case must be referred back to the district judge “as quickly as possible”.

That referral takes place at 2.30pm today and Judge Kainth will decide whether the animals can stay with the RSPCA until their appeal is heard.