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MotoGP fans flock to Silverstone

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All of MotoGP's big names will take to the circuit Credit: PA

Thousands of MotoGP fans are at Silverstone in Northamptonshire ahead of Sunday's Hertz British Grand Prix, the next round of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship.

British riders Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding, Michael Laverty and Leon Camier will be relishing the opportunity to return to their home circuit. Championship leader Marc Márquez will be a big draw as he attempts to win the British Grand Prix for the first time, while Jorge Lorenzo will be desperate for a repeat of last year's Silverstone win.

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Marc Marquez signs autographs for fans in Germany last month Credit: PA

The event was due to be the last Moto GP at Silverstone after rights holder Dorna Sports awarded a contract to the new Circuit of Wales.

A five year deal has been signed, but after the £315M track near Ebba Vale revealed it wont be ready for next season Moto GP could now stay at it's current location in 2015.

Food festival celebrates 10 years

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The Norfolk Food & Drink Festival 2014 begins today, celebrating its 10th year with hundreds of events from Saturday 30th August to Sunday 12th October.

The Festival is a celebration of the food and drink industry in Norfolk. It has become the largest event of its kind in the UK, with producers and retailers from all over the county taking part in food experiences, debates and activities over the festival’s 6 weeks.

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Today's events include a food fayre at Holkham Hall, a taster day at Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel near Cromer and Chocolate afternoon tea at Barnham Broom Hotel near Norwich.

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People start to arrive at Sundown Festival

Over the summer the East hosts some of the biggest festivals going. From Latitude in Suffolk, to the Cambridge Folk Festival and of course there's the V-Festival in Chelmsford.

Now with the nights drawing in its time for the grand finale with the appropriately named Sundown Festival taking place in Norwich this weekend with, among the line up, some of the biggest names in British music.

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Watch: Tory defector Douglas Carswell hopes voters will stick with him

Tory defector Douglas Carswell has defended his decision to join Ukip and said he hopes voters will stick with him.

Mr Carswell and his new boss Nigel Farage began their charm offensive in Clacton, the constituency they hope will provide Ukip's first MP.

Chancellor George Osborne described the defection as regrettable. But as the MPs resignation became official this afternoon, there were even stronger words from the candidate who was originally due to represent Ukip in Clacton.

Click below to watch Hannah Pettifer's report:

Police at the scene of a serious collision in Southend

Police are currently at the scene of a serious-injury road traffic collision at Sutton Road in Southend.

Police were called shortly before 1pm today following reports of an RTC involving a lorry and a pedestrian. Officers attended along with Fire and Ambulance services and found a woman in her 70s with potentially life threatening injuries. She was taken to Royal London Hospital.

A 43 year-old man from Romania was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and taken into custody.

The road has been closed in both directions and is likely to remain closed for at least a further two hours.

Watch: Former mayor given suspended prison sentence after Second World War pistol found in his home

A former mayor of Wisbech has been given a 21 month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to do community service after a Second World War pistol was found at his home.

Jonathan Farmer arrived at Cambridge Crown Court today where he was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm after a two-day trial.

The 56-year-old had argued the weapon was an antique and he did not know it was loaded.

Before today's hearing Claire McGlasson went to meet him in his home.

Chancellor makes Douglas Carswell's resignation official

Former Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell on a walkabout in the Essex seaside town following his defection from the Conservative Party to UKIP
Former Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell on a walkabout in the Essex seaside town following his defection from the Conservative Party to UKIP Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The resignation of Douglas Carswell as Clacton's Member of Parliament has become official a day after he announced he was defecting from the Conservatives to UKIP.

By parliamentary convention set in 1624, MPs can't actually step down from office. Instead they have to apply for one of two offices of the Crown which are incompatible with being an MP.

So on Friday afternoon a message was released by HM Treasury which made Mr Carswell's resignation official:

"The Chancellor of the Exchequer has this day appointed John Douglas Wilson Carswell to be Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead."

– HM TREASURY

Douglas Carswell has been a Conservative MP since 2005, first as the MP for Harwich and then, after boundary changes, for Clacton.

He announced on Thursday he was quitting the Conservative Party to seek re-election as a UKIP MP in a by-election.

It's not known when the by-election will be held but it usually takes place within three months of there being a vacancy. The date will be decided in Parliament by the Conservative Party Chief Whip, Michael Gove.

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