Suffolk

Newmarket horse rider charged with assault on ex-jockey

A worker at a Suffolk stables where the Queen's horses are trained has been charged with assault after an alleged row involving a former jockey.

Jonathan Nolan, 32, a work rider for the Queen's trainer Sir Michael Stoute, has appeared before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court charged with GBH.

He is accused over an incident in Corsican Pine Close in Newmarket at 23:30 BST on Sunday 21 July.

John Maxse suffered "injuries" that needed hospital treatment, police said.

The 45-year-old former jockey now works as a communications consultant for Qatar Racing.

He is also the former public relations director at both the Jockey Club and the British Horseracing Authority,

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police confirmed officers had been called to the incident.

Mr Nolan, of Skeaping Close, Newmarket, has been released on bail to a later date to be confirmed.

A work rider's normal duties would include mucking out, exercising, grooming and feeding the horses.

The Queen's horse Carlton House was trained at Sir Michael's Freemason Lodge Stables in Newmarket, and Mr Nolan used to ride and exercise it when it was trained there.

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