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Victoria Pendelton to appear at Fakenham Racecourse later this month

Victoria Pendelton. Credit: PA

Bedfordshire Olympian Victoria Pendleton will be taking the next step in her amateur horse racing career when she appears at Fakenham later this month.

It'll be the former cyclist's first hunter chase.

Officials at the Norfolk circuit say they're delighted she'll be racing there on February 19.

Victoria Pendleton will appear at Fakenham next week. Credit: PA

"This would be a great occasion for Fakenham and we will make sure we will look after her in true Fakenham traditional and rather eccentric style and in a professional manner.

It's not every day that an Olympic gold medallist comes to our racecourse so we are really pleased."

– David Hunter, Fakenham course clerk


Junior doctors walk out for a second time as dispute with government rumbles on

Junior doctors stage their protest outside the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital earlier today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hospitals from across our region have been forced to cancel hundreds of appointments and non-emergency procedures as Junior doctors stage a 24-hour strike.

It's the second of three planned walk-outs after negotiations broke down between the government and doctors over a proposed new contract.

Jeremy Hunt insists the changes are needed to provide a seven-day NHS but the medics say they are dangerous and unfair.

"We hoped all of this would be settled by now. I am quite disappointed.

I think we are all very angry still about what's going on with all of the negotiations.

We fully believe that what they're trying to impose is a dangerous and unfair contract that really will be very difficult explain in 5 years time to the patients that will suffer from it."

– James Rowson, Junior Doctor

Police appeal to trace missing 15 year-old

Leah Castleman Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

Leah Castleman from Farley Fields in Luton was last seen in Luton on Monday 8 February at approximately 4.30pm.

Leah is described as white, 5’6’’ tall, of medium build with shoulder length dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a white crop top, a black leather jacket and black trainers.

Anyone who has seen Leah or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Bedfordshire Police on 101.


Archaeologists hail discovery of 'extraordinary' Roman arcade in Colchester

The Roman arcade was discovered in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Archaeologists in Colchester have found what could be the biggest Roman arcade ever built in Britain.

The arches and columns supported a massive gateway to a temple dedicated to the emperor Claudius.

It was eventually razed to the ground by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boadicea.

"The arcade is the largest thing of its kind that we know of in Britain.

In fact, there was a similar structure found in France very recently and that is about 70 metres long - ours is 120 metres long.

It's extraordinary."

– Philip Crummy, Colchester Archaeologist Trust

A12 traffic at a standstill after pedestrian hit by 'several HGVs'

Traffic is still at a standstill from the Boreham junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian has died after he was hit by 'several HGV's' on the A12 in Essex.

It happened on the southbound carriageway near Chelmsford at around 6.10am today (February 10).

A pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, has died at the scene.

Traffic is still at a standstill and police don't expect the road to be re-opened until later this afternoon.

The northbound carriageway is unaffected.

A12 remains closed after fatal crash

The A12 is likely to remain closed for much of the morning. Credit: PA

The A12 is expected to remain closed through this morning's rush hour after a fatal crash on the London bound carriageway.

It happened at junction 17 (A130/Howe Green) just after 6am. Police say the collision involved a pedestrian and several HGVs. The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, has died at the scene.

The southbound carriageway at junction 17 remains closed and is not expected to open until the afternoon. There are currently 12 mile tailbacks, with congestion past Witham.

The northbound carriageway is unaffected but officers ask motorists not to rubberneck to allow a continuous flow of traffic.

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