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Controversial Newmarket development could be back in play

Plans for the development have attracted protests Credit: ITV Anglia

The controversial Hatchfield Farm planning development at Newmarket could be back on course.

The Secretary of State had originally refused the application by Lord Derby to build 400 homes on the site.

But that decision was quashed in the High Court today. It will now go back for the Secretary of State to look at the application again.

Forest Heath Council count about to get underway

Staff at the Forest Heath Council count. Credit: Forest Heath Council

Following overnight counts in Essex and Hertfordshire, attention has now turned to other councils across the region.

Staff are just beginning to sift through the votes for Forest Heath Council in West Suffolk which is an area largely controlled by the Conservatives currently.

It will be worth keeping an eye on Haverhill East & Kedington and Exning & Newmarket which were won by UKIP in 2013, but could be under threat this time out from other parties.


Retiring felt like 'the natural decision to make' Goldie Sayers on her next challenge

Goldie Sayers been given a job with Team GB after retiring from athletics Credit: Team GB

Newmarket javelin thrower Goldie Sayers told ITV News Anglia that retiring felt the 'natural decision to make' as she approached the end of last season.

She's spoken of two defining moments in her career, breaking the British record at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where she narrowly missing out on a medal by 38cm. Then breaking the British record in 2012 a couple of weeks before the London Olympics.

She will now take on the new role of deputy "Chef de Mission", or Manager, for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Goldie, who's 34, is still the British record holder for the javelin and competed in three Olympic Games.

Goldie spoke to ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey, watch the full interview below.

Texas complete 2017 Newmarket Nights line-up

Texas, fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, will take to the stage on July 28. Credit: PA

Scottish band Texas have been revealed as the final act for this year's Newmarket Nights.

The rock group have have sold 35 million records over a 30-year career, as well as 13 top ten singles and 3 number one albums.

They'll play at the Racecourse on Friday 28 July and tickets go on general sale on Thursday 4 May.

Other acts already announced include Little Mix and Olly Murs.


Eighties pop group Culture Club to play Newmarket Nights

1980s greats Culture Club to play at Newmarket Nights on 21st July Credit: Newmarket Nights

One of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s will be playing at Newmarket in the summer.

Culture Club have sold more than 50 million records and have had seven top ten hits in the UK charts.

They'll be playing at Newmarket Nights on the 21st of July.

'"We are very pleased to confirm Culture Club as our next Newmarket Nights act for 2017 and look forward to welcoming them to Newmarket Racecourses for the first time this July. During the height of summer on the beautiful Adnams July Course, I have no doubt we will be in store for a brilliant performance whereby racegoers will be treated to an extensive set including some of their most popular chart topping hits following racing."

– Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses

There's still one more artist to be announced for the 2017 lineup.

So far big names such as Little Mix, Olly Murs and Jess Glynne are already confirmed.

Tickets for Culture Club go on sale on Wednesday 12th April at 8am.

Jockey Allan Mackay in intensive care after fall on Newmarket gallops

The extent of Mr Mackay's injuries is not yet known Credit: PA/EMPICS Sport

Former jockey Allan Mackay is in intensive care following a fall on the gallops at Newmarket on Saturday.

Mackay, who is father to former jockey Jamie and current rider Nicky, retired from the saddle in 2006 after 30 years.

He was last seen on the racecourse when he rode File And Paint in the 2012 Leger Legends race at Doncaster.

The 'Injured Jockeys Fund' have released the following statement: "Former jockey Allan Mackay suffered a fall on the Newmarket gallops on Saturday morning and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He is in intensive care and currently under sedation."

"The extent of his injuries is not yet known and there is unlikely to be a further update until later this week."

Man arrested over rape of teenager released on bail

A teenager has reported being raped in Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 18-year-old man has been released on bail after being arrested for an alleged rape of a teenager in Newmarket.

It happened in the early hours of 26 March at Fred Archer Way between Wellington Street and Exeter Road - known locally as the Yellow Brick Road.

Police were contacted after a girl in her late teens reported that she been walking in the area, when she was approached by a man who then raped her.

Officers believe the pair knew each other. They say enquiries are ongoing.

The man is due to return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre on 27 June.

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