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Plans for homes near Newmarket racecourse called in by Communities Secretary

Protesters against plans for homes at Hatchfield Farm.
Plans for homes at Hatchfield Farm have been called in by the Communities Secretary. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Plans to build nearly 400 homes close to Newmarket Racecourse have been called in by the secretary of state.

Lord Derby has spent years trying to get planning permission for a development on his Hatchfield Farm and finally got the latest plans approved by the district council last month despite major opposition.

But now Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has decided the final decision should rest with him.

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Newmarket javelin thrower Goldie Sayers named as Team GB captain

Goldie Sayers will captain Team GB.
Goldie Sayers will captain Team GB. Credit: PA

Newmarket javelin thrower Goldie Sayers says she's honoured to have been named as Team GB captain for next week's European Championships in Zurich.

The former Ely school pupil has struggled with a serious elbow injury since the Olympics two years ago, but made her competitive comeback recently in the Commonwealth Games.

“Having had a fairly nightmarish past 18 months - and not knowing whether I'd ever throw or compete again - getting back into the GB vest alone has been incredible.

To say captaincy is an added bonus, is a massive understatement."

– Goldie Sayers, Team GB

Read more: Goldie Sayers puts Olympic heartbreak behind her

Royal Racing shock: The Queen's Gold Cup winning horse fails a drugs test

Investigations have been continuing today to try and find out why a racehorse owned by the Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket tested positive for a banned substance.

In a statement the Queen's racing manager said it's thought Gold Cup winner Estimate failed a drugs test because some of her feed was contaminated.

Four more horses from different yards also failed the test.

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

Read more: Queen's horse tests positive for morphine

Newmarket: Queen's racehorse Estimate tests positive for morphine

Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013.
Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013. Credit: PA

A racehorse owned by the Queen and trained by Newmarket based Sir Michael Stoute has tested positive for a banned substance.

In a statement the Queen's racing advisor says it may have been caused by contaminated feed.

Four more horses from different trainers also tested positive.

Estimate, the racehorse owned by the Queen, helped her to make sporting history as she became the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's Gold Cup.

"On Thursday 17 July the British Horseracing Authority announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected.

I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five-year-old mare trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by the Queen. Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables."

– John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser

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Racegoers at Newmarket help raise cash for Cancer Research

Racegoers at Newmarket racecourse.

Racegoers at Newmarket will be helping to raise cash for the charity Cancer Research UK today.

The Suffolk course is staging a number of events and competitions to raise awareness of the disease and the charities activities.

Simon O'Leary, Head of Volunteer Fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: "We'd like to thank Newmarket Racecourses for its support in helping us to raise awareness of men's cancers.

"All funds raised will go towards the charity's life-saving research, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured."

Councillors to make decision on plans to build homes on Newmarket farmland

The Newmarket Horsemen's Group.
The Newmarket Horsemen's Group. Credit: ITV Anglia

Councillors are due to decide later if 400 homes can be built on farmland in Newmarket.

Last week members of the town's horse racing industry staged a protest over the development at Hatchfield Farm.

The Newmarket Horsemen's Group said it will threaten the future of the horse racing industry, which employs around 8 thousand people in the area.

The developers argue the scheme will help meet the demand for housing.

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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