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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.

Woman reports being sexually assaulted on Newmarket playing field

A woman has told officers she was attacked on the playing fields in Rowley Drive. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman reported that she'd been sexually assaulted in the early hours of this morning in Newmarket in Suffolk.

A woman has told officers she was attacked on the playing fields in Rowley Drive.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area between 11.30pm last night and 2am this morning.

The victim is receiving support from specially trained officers.

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Murder charge following death 17 days after man found with head injuries

A man has been charged following the death of a 51-year-old more than two weeks after he suffered a head injury.

Officers were called to High Street in Newmarket, Suffolk, at about 9.55pm on Saturday December 27.

A man had been found on the pavement having suffered a head injury after falling to the ground.

Police confirmed Adrian Williams, 51, from Soham, died in hospital on Tuesday January 13.

Peter Crotty, 33, of Nimbus Way in Newmarket, was originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm. Following the death of Mr Williams, he has now been charged with murder.

Newmarket: Man in critical condition in hospital after High Street incident

A man's in a critical condition in hospital after he was injured in an incident in Newmarket last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's in a critical condition in hospital after he was injured in an incident in Newmarket last night.

Police found the man on the High Street pavement with serious head injuries at around 10pm.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 33-year-old man from Newmarket's been arrested on suspicion of assault.

70-year-old woman robbed of Christmas gifts

CCTV image of the woman police would like to speak to Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are investigating after a 70-year-old woman had her Christmas shopping stolen whilst out in Newmarket, Suffolk.

She'd put her bags containing Christmas presents down whilst looking around a charity shop in the Guineas Shopping Centre. When she returned to collect them they had been stolen.

Police would like to speak to the woman pictured in the CCTV picture above about this incident.

Anyone with information should call 101.

Horse bones could be famous thoroughbred from history

A skeleton of a horse has been uncovered in Newmarket that could be one of Britain's most successful thoroughbreds. The bones were discovered during excavations of the former royal stables in the town.

Historians hope they're those of Dr Syntax, the most famous racehorse of the 19th century. Archaeologists are assessing the remains to try and find out more.

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

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Horse's skeleton discovered during building work could be famous thoroughbred

Some of the horse bones discovered during Newmarket excavations Credit: ITV News Anglia

A skeleton of a horse has been uncovered in Newmarket, could be one o Britain's most successful thoroughbreds.

The bones were discovered during excavations of the former royal stables in the Suffolk town.

Historians hope they are those of Dr Syntax, the most famous racehorse of the 19th Century.

Now archaeologists are assessing the remains to find out more.

Excavation work is being carried out at the former royal stables in Newmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia
Briony Jackson, Science Officer at the British Horseracing Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The horse is about the same height as Dr Syntax. However, the skeleton is between 20 and 25-years old, where Dr Syntax was 27 at the time of his death."

– Briony Jackson, Science Officer, The National Horseracing Museum
The horse bones on display Credit: ITV News Anglia

Four foals from legendary racehorse Frankel to be auctioned in Newmarket

Four foals from Frankel will be auctioned today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Four foals from the world's best racehorse will be auctioned at Newmarket today.

They were sired by Frankel, the thoroughbred who won all 14 of his races throughout his career.

Frankel, ridden by Tom Queally, wins the Juddmonte International Stakes in 2012. Credit: PA

Due to their pedigree the horses could sell for up to a £1million at Tattersalls later today.

"He was the greatest racehorse we've ever or will ever see, so the arrival of his first babies on the scene is incredibly exciting."

– Harry McCalmont, Norelands Stud Farm

Chief Inspector of Schools to visit Newmarket British Racing School

Sir Michael Wilshaw.

The Chief Inspector of Schools is visiting the British Racing School in Newmarket today.

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw will tour the facility to see how it is training young people for careers in the racing industry.

He will meet staff and students as part of a wider initiative by Ofsted to maintain and improve education standards, which is currently being consulted on.

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