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Travel advice for Sonisphere Festival goers

The Highways Agency is advising drivers of delays on roads around Knebworth Park ahead of the Sonisphere music festival this weekend.

Thousands of people are due at the event and congestion is expected on the A1(M) and around Stevenage and Knebworth.

Drivers will need to use the A1(M) junction 7 to access the site, which is different to previous events at the location.

The northbound entry slip road and southbound exit slip roads on the A1(M) junction 7 are closed now until Monday 7th July.

Northbound motorists can use junction 7 and turn left into the venue. Non-festival traffic can access Stevenage as normal.

Westbound traffic should use the A602 into the venue via junction 7 of the A1(M)

Eastbound traffic should use the A602 to junction 8 and then follow signs for southbound traffic.

To leave the venue motorists should take the Novatel Road onto the A1(M0 junction 7 roundabout.

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Child actor in Roald Dahl film re-make graduates from Cambridge University

University of Cambridge graduate Freddie Highmore Credit: Press Association

The child actor Freddie Highmore who played "Charlie Bucket" in the re-make of Roald Dahl's classic, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, has graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first in Spanish and Arabic.

The 22-year-old from north London, has been juggling his studies at Emmanuel College with his acting.

His publicist Vanessa Davies said."Freddie Highmore has successfully managed to balance his four year studies at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with a starring role as Norman Bates opposite Vera Farmiga in two seasons of the Bates Motel for A&E."

Johnny Depp with a young Freddie Highmore Credit: Press Association

Freddie shot to fame when he appeared alongside Johnny Depp in 2005. Now he is all grown up and at 22, has now completed his four year degree.

Singer fined after nightclub assault

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been ordered to pay £1,810 in fines and costs after he was found guilty of assaulting a man in an Essex nightclub.

The 27-year-old, who was tried under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, denied attacking George Chittock at Chicago's in Chelmsford.

But he was convicted by magistrates at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and fined £800. He's also been ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930.

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Two arrested in Beyonce fake ticket investigation

140 fans were sold bogus tickets to the Beyonce concert
140 fans were sold bogus tickets to the Beyonce concert Credit: Press Association

Two people from Essex have been arrested after dozens of Beyonce fans were left out-of-pocket when they were duped into buying fake concert tickets worth thousands of pounds.

A 31-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman from North Weald have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, after around 140 fans were turned away from the popstar's gig at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester four months ago.

The tickets were offered for sale at more than £100 each.

Singer guilty of assault

Dino Costas Contostavlos arriving at court
Dino Costas Contostavlos arriving at court Credit: Press Association

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty of assaulting a man in a nightclub in Chelmsford.

The 27-year-old, who appeared under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, had denied attacking George Chittock during a public appearance at Chicago's nightclub.

Chair of the bench Angela Tucker said the magistrates had found Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident.

He held is head in his hands as the verdict was delivered.

Magistrates consider verdict in singer's trial

Dino Costas Contostavlos arrives at court
Dino Costas Contostavlos arrives at court Credit: Press Association

Magistrates in Chelmsford have retired to consider their verdict in the trial of former N-Dubz singer Dappy over a nightclub assault.

The 27-year-old, who appears under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, is accused of attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 27.

Dappy on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival
Dappy on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival Credit: Press Association

The singer claimed he was acting in self-defence after being abused three times during a public appearance at Chicago's in Chelmsford, Essex.

He has denied assault by beating in a two-day trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

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