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Horses will race again at Gt Leighs

Horses preparing to race at Gt Leighs
Horses preparing to race at Gt Leighs Credit: ITV News Anglia

Horse racing looks set to resume at Great Leighs in Essex.

The track first opened in 2008 but has been closed for a number of years. It now has new owners and is going to be renamed Chelmsford City Racecourse.

The course will host 12 races next year
The course will host 12 races next year Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex MP accuses some housing associations of getting their priorities wrong

Simon Burns MP, Chelmsford. Credit: PA Images

Local houses for local people. That's the call from one Essex MP who accuses some housing associations of getting their priorities wrong.

Chelmsford's MP, Simon Burns, says the rules as they stand mean people with no connection to the area can jump the queue for social housing ahead of someone who has always lived in the area.

He said: "I think local housing first of all for local people and if there is spare capacity then certainly one can then encourage people from else where to come and live there because Chelmsford is a very attractive place."

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Singer back in court on assault charge

Tulisa Contostavlos arriving at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

The singer, Tulisa Contostavlos, is back in court today accused of assaulting a celebrity blogger.

The case, at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court, was adjourned in May for further witnesses to be called.

The former N-Dubz singer, who's 25, denies attacking writer Savvas Morgan at the V-Festival last August.

Essex elderly conned out of £1m by rogue traders

A court's been hearing how a gang of rogue traders from Essex conned elderly people out of more than £1 million by overcharging them for shoddy building work.

The group, who operated around the Clacton area, targeted at least 18 victims, although police believe there may be more. The victims were aged between 65 and 99; many lived alone, had dementia or were seriously ill.

The men have admitted fraud or money-laundering offences. John John Dodds will sentence the men when all mitigation has been heard.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray at Chelmsford Crown Court

Should state schools be doing more to produce our future sporting champions?

A new report by the education watchdog is calling on state schools to work harder at creating our Olympians of the future.

Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says too many head teachers are treating competitive sport as an optional extra and that means a disproportionate number of our top athletes came from fee-paying schools.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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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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.

Singer appears in court in Chelmsford

Dappy arriving at court Credit: Ben Kendall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy slapped a member of the public outside a nightclub in Chelmsford after making a celebrity appearance, a court has been hearing.

The 27-year-old is accused of attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 27th.

JIm Davidson arrived at court to support his friend Dappy Credit: Ben Kendall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He denies assault by beating and is standing trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

Prosecutor Jaqueline Carey told the court the incident happened after Contostavlos carried out a "meet and greet" at Chicago's in Chelmsford.

The pair were in a smoking area along with Contostavlos's minder and two of the club's own doorstaff when he was seen to slap Mr Chittock, she said

The performer was arrested by police and claimed he acted in self-defence..

His friend, comedian Jim Davidson, also attended in a show of moral support.

Train company warns some services delayed by an hour

Abellio says owing to a problem currently under investigation at Chelmsford some lines are blocked. Train services may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.

Ticket holders travelling on Intercity services may travel up to 60 minutes earlier/later than their booked train between London Liverpool Street and

Norwich. Abellio Greater Anglia tickets will be accepted on London Underground and First Capital Connect reasonable routes until further notice.

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