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Building homes 'would threaten Newmarket racecourse'

A demonstration has been held in protest at plans to build nearly 400 homes on land near Newmarket racecourse.

Developers say the project will meet housing demand and have little adverse impact on the surrounding area.

However, The Newmarket Horsemen's Group, which led today's protest, says the development at Hatchfield Farm would threaten the future of the racing industry, which employs more than 8,000 people in the area.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

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Housing plans in Newmarket will threaten racing industry warns campaigners

Newmarket, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners from the horse racing industry in Newmarket will hold a demonstration today over plans to build around 400 homes on farmland near the town.

The Newmarket Horseman's Group says the development at Hatchfield Farm would threaten the future of the racing Industry which employs 8,000 people in the area.

But the developer argues the scheme will help meet the demand for housing. Councillors will make a decision on the plans next week.

Newmarket: Final preparations underway for the the start of the flat racing season

The flat racing season starts next week and final preparations are underway on the gallops in Newmarket.

The industry generates more than £200 million every year for the local economy.

But why is Newmarket the centre of racing and how is 2014 shaping up?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Home of horse racing generates 8,000 jobs and £200 million for the local economy

Newmarket has been long been known as the home of British horse racing but until now no-one has ever really put an accurate price on how much the industry brings to the area.

A new report commissioned to discover the economic impact of the town says more than 8,000 people are employed in the racing business in Newmarket and it brings £200 million to the town and surrounding area of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The horse racing world has been centred on Newmarket for 400 years and at the peak of the season up to 3,000 horses are training in the area.

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Newmarket boosts regional economy

Horses being exercised at Newmarket Credit: ITV Anglia

The economic impact that the horse racing has on the region will be revealed in a new report due to be published this morning.

Newmarket is known as the home of British racing with thundreds of horses being trained at stables around the town.

Newmarket is known as the home of horse racing Credit: ITV Anglai

The report has been commissioned by Forest Heath District Council and a trade organisation representing trainers, owners, jockeys and stable staff.

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Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler banned for five years

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler. Credit: PA

Newmarket racehorse trainer Gerard Butler has been banned from the sport until 2018 after admitting giving some of his horses an anabolic steroid.

Butler told a disciplinary hearing that he had treated some of his horses with a substance that contained the steroid under the advice of his vet.

But he later admitted seven charges and has been disqualified by the British Horse Racing Authority.

McCoy claims historic 4,000th career victory

Tony McCoy has made history at Northamptonshire's Towcester racecourse. Credit: PA

Champion jockey Tony McCoy has claimed the 4,000th winner of his career with victory in the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle at Northamptonshire's Towcester racecourse.

The 39-year-old rode the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Mountain Tunes to victory in the 15:10.

Tony McCoy heads towards the finishing post to claim the 4,000th winner of his career. Credit: ITV Anglia

McCoy failed to reach the milestone earlier in the day when the 3/1 favourite Church Field fell just short in the Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle.

Tributes to racing legend Sir Henry Cecil

The racing world is mourning the loss of one of its-all time greats, the trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who's died of cancer at the age of 70.

His career at Newmarket spanned more than 40 years; his list of achievements is remarkable. He trained 25 classic winners and coached the legendary Frankel to 14 straight wins.

But to those who knew him he was far more than a list of achievements, he's been described as one of the most loved people in the sport.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sport Correspondent Donovan Blake in Newmarket:

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