The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a Police Horse (PH) has died after collapsing at Notting Hill Carnival. 

PH Sandown was said to be an affectionate 14-year-old chestnut gelding that stood 16 hands high and had a successful seven-year career and become one of the Met's most experienced horses. 

In a statement from the Met, they said: "PH Sandown was gifted to the Met in 2015 and his good nature quickly won over officers,” the statement said.

“He was the go-to horse to help new officers grow in confidence as they went through their training.”

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The force added that PH Sandown was "loved dearly" and is set to be "sorely missed" by all.

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The statement added: "Police horses are working animals, but PH Sandown was also an affectionate character who was full of personality.

"He loved his food and was always nuzzling in pockets looking for treats.”

The Met has said that they are uncertain as to why PH Sandown collapsed at the scene. 

But did say that a post-mortem examination is underway to determine the cause of his death.