Suspected migrant found under horsebox at Hickstead

Dressage at Hickstead
Dressage at Hickstead

A suspected Sudanese migrant was found under a horsebox at the home of British showjumping after travelling over via Calais.

The 26-year-old man was discovered on a Belgian-registered lorry after it had arrived at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, West Sussex, on Tuesday evening.

Workers at the showground - one of the foremost equestrian venues in the world - found the suspected migrant as the ramps were being pulled down on the truck.

A statement from Hickstead said: “Hickstead director Edward Bunn confirmed today that a man was found underneath a horsebox arriving at the showground, which had travelled to Hickstead from the Continent.

“The security team were made aware of the situation when the horses were being unloaded, and the man was subsequently checked over by medical personnel before being handed over to authorities.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said the incident was reported to them at 6.43pm on Tuesday. The man, who could not speak English, was still in their custody, he added.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show is taking place at Hickstead this week.

International classes start today, running through until Sunday, with feature events including the Nations Cup, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday and the Longines King George V Gold Cup on Sunday.

The Royal International is the biggest, most prestigious outdoor showjumping event staged in Britain each year.

It attracts riders from across the globe, including a major presence from continental Europe, with top riders from Belgium, France and Germany among those there this week.

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