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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.

Students to study Finnish beer app

Marketing students from Anglia Ruskin University are helping to launch a new smart phone app called 'Pint Please'.

Students to analyse success of new phone app Credit: ITV News Anglia

The free app, which has been developed by entrepreneurs in Finland, helps users discover and share new beers and pubs.

The students will promote the app in bars around Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford and then study the results.

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Chelmsford theft: Do you recognise this man?

Essex Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with theft from Chelmsford Star Co-Op store in Kings Road, Chelmsford.

It is alleged he went into the shop, selected £50 worth of sandwiches and crates of beer from the shelves and left without making an attempt to pay.

It happened at around 3.35pm on Friday, June 20.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Essex Police
Do you recognise this man? Credit: Essex Police
Do you recognise this man? Credit: Essex Police

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Pc Sam Benfield at Chelmsford Neighbourhood Crime Team via Essex Police 101 or they can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Horses will race again 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 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."

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.

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