Gunathilaka said that steps are now being taken to deport the seven Sri Lankans back to Sri Lanka. However he said the Sri Lankans were instead arrested on the basis that they did not have valid documents to enter the country. A group of Sri Lankans have been detained in Mauritius after they were duped by human smugglers.Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Seychelles, Tikiri Herath Gunathilaka said that the Sri Lankans had paid huge sums of money and travelled to Mauritius expecting employment. The Sri Lankan mission in the Seychelles overlooks Mauritius.Gunathilaka said that at a time when steps are being taken to obtain the visa-on-arrival facility for Sri Lankans to visit Seychelles, those attempts may face hurdles when Sri Lankans attempt to enter Seychelles or Mauritius illegally.
A rider has died and another was seriously injured in two separate incidents at a quad and motocross event.Durham Police said they had “no choice” but to shut down the meeting on land next to Low Hardwick Farm, near Sedgefield, on safety grounds following the fatality and second injury.A spokesman said the first incident happened shortly after 1pm on Sunday when a male rider came off his bike and suffered critical injuries.He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, but was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.The spokesman said a woman was then hurt in a separate incident just before 2.10pm. The female rider, thought to be in her early 30s, was also taken by air ambulance to the same hospital with what are believed to be serious injuries.He said that officers took the decision to close down the privately-run event, which involved around 100 participants and 300 spectators, on safety grounds.Superintendent Mick Bird said: “We understand the formal investigation is likely to be led by the local authority but we are carrying out initial inquiries into the circumstances.”With two very serious incidents within little more than an hour, we felt there was little choice but to bring the event to a close.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.