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Statement following Committal Hearing

Press Release 11th October 2023

Nevin Truesdale, The Jockey Club’s Chief Executive, said: “Ben Newman’s decision to breach security and run onto the track while The Derby was underway was a reckless stunt which could have compromised the safety and security of humans and horses.


“Following Surrey Police’s successful criminal prosecution for causing public nuisance, in August, The Jockey Club lodged its own application for contempt of court against Mr Newman for breaching the High Court injunction it was granted by Sir Anthony Mann in May.


“We were always very clear that if anyone chose to breach the injunction then we would not hesitate to take further action.


“It has always been our intention for that action to be both clear and proportionate and we accept the sanction imposed on Mr Newman by the Court today and note his apology.


“More widely, it is our sincere hope that by pursuing this matter in the High Court it sends a very clear message to anyone who might in future consider disrupting races in such a way, that we will never tolerate illegal and reckless behaviour of this kind.”


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