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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).

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


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."

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.

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
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