A contractor was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs and kidney injuries after being kicked in the ring at Kent County Show on Saturday (17 July).

The man, who has not been named, was securing a flapping banner in a corner of the main ring when a novice hunter, which had been misbehaving earlier in the collecting ring, lashed out as it passed and kicked him in the back.

A spokesman for the show said: “The contractors had been asked to do this job before the classes started, but for some reason, they hadn’t done it.”

The man was reported to be ‘comfortable’ in hospital, where he was expected to remain under observation for a few days.