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Man dies in crash after falling ill at the wheel

Galleywood, near Chelmsford.
A man died after his car crashed into the central reservation on the A12. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man has died after becoming ill at the wheel and crashing his car in Essex.

Police were called to the A12 at Galleywood, near Chelmsford, just before 2pm on Friday.

Officers believe the driver of the car, a man in his 70s from Suffolk, became unwell and crashed into the central reservation between junctions 15 and 16.

No other vehicles were involved.

The man was treated at the scene by ambulance crews but later died.

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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More than 70 people were arrested at V Festival on suspicion of drugs offences

Arrests for drug possession (53), drug-dealing (9), assaults (1), theft (3), public order (1) and selling nitrous oxide (7).
Arrests for drug possession (53), drug-dealing (9), assaults (1), theft (3), public order (1) and selling nitrous oxide (7).

More than 70 people were arrested at the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend on suspicion of drugs offences.

Essex Police said nine people had been arrested for suspected drug dealing, and 53 for possession. Today work started on clearing up Hylands Park after the festival.

"I’m really pleased with the great work from all our officers who have been liaising with the V-Festival organisers to make sure this brilliant event was both safe and enjoyable.

"The work of our drugs dogs in sniffing out those in supplying drugs has once again proven to be a successful tactic. The dogs were also a great hit with the festival-goers, many who stopped to stroke the dogs and engage with officers.”

– Policing Commander, Chief Supt Simon Williams, Essex Police

Manics cancel V Festival performance

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Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers cancelled their performance at last night's V Festival in Chelmsford after being stranded in Hungary.

The band, known for hits including number one If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, were second on the bill for the MTV Stage at Chelmsford's Hylands Park.

The Manics said they expected to be able to perform at V's Staffordshire event tonight.

Writing on Twitter, a band spokesman said:

"With huge regret, Manic Street Preachers announce the cancellation of their scheduled V Festival show in Chelmsford today (August 16).

"After five hours on runway at Budapest Airport following Sziget Festival last night, MSP were informed the BA plane they were on would not fly.

"The band made every endeavour to get back to the UK in time to play. The band apologise to their fans at V Chelmsford for the cancellation.

"Manic Street Preachers are playing tomorrow's V Festival in Stafford."

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Finances - not grades - will decide whether students go to university

Thousands of teenagers across our region have picked up their A-level exam results today.

Overall the pass rate dropped for the first time in more than 30 years.

Here in the east the number of A* grades awarded increased very slightly - by 0.5% - as A grades fell by 0.4%.

But for many, it is not the grades but financial considerations which will decide whether or not they head to university.

Serena Sandhu reports from Essex.

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