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Leading trainer warns that plans to build 400 new homes could threaten the future of Newmarket racing

Newmarket in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Newmarket's place as the home of racing could be under threat if plans to build 400 homes at Hatchfield Farm in the town go ahead - that according to a leading trainer.

John Gosden says that the town is at a delicate balance, and any more building work would threaten the future of racing in the town.

An inquiry into the application is ongoing.

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Newmarket's horse racing industry welcomes plans to change betting laws

The horse racing industry in Newmarket has welcomed new proposals to change betting laws announced in George Osborne's budget.

Currently if bets are placed online, bookmakers who operate abroad don't have to pay anything to the racing industry.

But new laws proposed by the Chancellor could change that, meaning more money will go into the racing infrastructure. And that could mean more jobs here in our region.

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

Newmarket: Solar farms branded a "waste of money"

The Red Lodge site in Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The firm behind an £8 million solar farm near Newmarket says large sites in the countryside, like theirs, are an inefficient way of creating electricity.

The company says around two thirds of the energy created by the site at Red Lodge is lost when it's transported.

Tim Dobson, from Switch 2 Renewable, says that means it's not producing enough electricity to be useful to the National Grid.

"The networks can't rely really on renewable energy that goes up and down.

It's all about having reliable energy because the grid is so old and, particularly between 4 o'clock and 7 o'clock where they really need capacity, they need to be able to rely on that so they rely on other sources.

So solar probably doesn't really help that at the moment."

– Tim Dobson, Switch 2 Renewable

Newmarket Racecourse stunned by "unprecedented" Kylie demand as tickets sell out in just 30 minutes

All 22,000 tickets for Kylie Minogue's performance are sold out. Credit: PA

Staff at Newmarket Racecourse say that they've been stunned by the "unprecedented" demand for Kylie Minogue tickets.

All 22,000 tickets for the Australian singer's performance on June 19 sold out in just 30 minutes.

To put that in perspective, the previous record was the three weeks that it took to sell the same number of tickets for Jessie J's gig in 2012.

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"It's been an incredibly busy day.

It's been unprecedented demand for Newmarket Racecourse. We went on general sale, and we sold out in 30 minutes.

We've been doing these nights for 25 years, and we've never seen such a demand for an artist."

– Amy Starkey, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses

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Tickets for Kylie Minogue's Newmarket gig sell out in less than an hour

Tickets for Kylie Minogue's performance are now sold out. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Tickets for Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue's performance at Newmarket Racecourse have sold out - in less than an hour.

The tickets went on sale earlier this morning, but were quickly snapped up by excited fans.

46-year-old Minogue is opening this year’s Newmarket Nights concerts on Friday 19 June.

Newmarket: Visa renewal mistake could mean that former US Air Force serviceman is deported

One man's mistake with his visa renewal has led to the threat of immediate deportation, tearing him away from his family.

Former US Air Force serviceman Brian Crane has lived in the UK for 15 years.

He shares his home in Newmarket with his British born wife and son.

He says he forgot to renew his visa which allows him to stay in the UK and now the authorities could turn up to deport him at any moment.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Marathon effort by woman hurt in riding accident

A woman from Newmarket has pledged to run the London Marathon - despite shattering her ankle in a riding accident. Cat Elliott is raising money for the MAGPAS Helimedix who flew in and gave the emergency treatment that meant she could walk again.

Cat Elliott and the Magpas helicopter she's raising money for. Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Cat has two metal plates and 11 screws holding her right ankle together but the 40 year old is determined she will complete all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon in April.

Cat's leg shattered in several places. Credit: Cat Elliott

Newmarket could bid for 'Royal Town' status

Town Councillors will vote tonight on whether or not to apply to the Queen for 'Royal Town' status for Newmarket.

The Suffolk town, well known for its links to the horse racing industry, has a long history of Royal patronage dating back centuries.

Now an independent group, made up of local businessmen and women, representatives from the horse-racing industry and councillors, would like to apply for the status because of its links with horse racing and the royals.

It has to be approved first by the town council, and if so, could take around 12 months to go through the process of applying to the palace.

The Queen will have the final say on whether or not to bestow the honour on Newmarket.

"There has been racing in Newmarket since the 1600s, Charles II used to come here and there's been racing in Newmarket since and most monarchs have had horses here...The Queen is very keen on racing and she does have a number of horses here."

– Cllr Warwick Hirst, Newmarket

There are only two other 'Royal Towns', Royal Leamington Spa and Royal Tunbridge Wells. If Newmarket gets approval from the Queen, it will be the third town to have the status.

The Town Council meeting is at 7pm tonight.

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