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Exhibition underway ahead of new racing festival at Newmarket

About 20,000 people are expected to visit the festival. Credit: ITV Anglia

An exhibition is underway ahead of a new racing festival at Newmarket.

The Rowley Mile will host the inaugural Dubai Champions Festival tomorrow and Saturday. Over £2 million worth of prize money is up for grabs.

About 20,000 people are expected to visit the festival over the two days. It features a special interactive exhibition on Racing Excellence and the history of the Arab horse.

Credit: ITV Anglia

"This fabulous festival, spanning across two days, £2 million worth of prize money on offer, and alongside the fantastic racing we've got a whole host of activities for people to come and enjoy. Two fantastic days racing, but also two fantastic days out."

– Amy Starkey, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses
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Region's Conservative MPs praise their leader as party conference comes to an end

David Cameron during his speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Credit: PA Wire.

The region's MPs are heading home this evening following the first party conference of a Conservative majority government for 19 years.

On the final day of the four-day event in Manchester, Prime Minister David Cameron address his party for the first time since their General Election victory in May.

During his speech, he outlined plans for 200,000 affordable news homes in Britain, insisted Britain was not interested in an "ever closer union" in Europe, and attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his "Britain-hating ideology".

Afterwards, MPs from the region praised their leader.

"It was a really, really important speech. We're the party that's delivering for the British people and for people across the Anglia region."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow (Con).

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson in Manchester

Money stolen by bogus charity collector

Police are appealing for witnesses after money was stolen from a woman’s purse within a café in Newmarket.

The incident happened in High Street around 4.30pm on Friday 2 October.

A 66-year-old woman was sitting in a coffee shop when two women entered the shop. One of the women approached her, appearing to collect money for charity and sat down in front of her asking for donations.

The female victim removed some money from her purse, handing this over to the woman and asked for change in return. The offender then placed a clipboard over the victim’s purse. The victim then noticed that an amount of cash was missing from her purse and challenged the woman, who ran out of the café.

She was chased by members of the public and was seen getting into a blue Audi with foreign number plates.

The woman was described as Asian, had long dark coloured hair, approximately 20-years-old and was wearing a purple and grey striped top and dark coloured trousers.

Anyone with information relating to this crime should contact PC Nicholas Chapman from Mildenhall quoting NE/15/1652 on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Three car crash following driver's suspected "medical episode"

A driver is in a critical condition after his car crashed with two others - including a Porsche - in Suffolk.

It happened at Low Street in Kettleburgh, near Ipswich, on Tuesday October 6 at about 9.30am.

The male driver of a blue Ford Fiesta is thought to have suffered a "medical episode" as he approached a bend. He then collided with a Nissan Qashai and Porsche.

The driver of the Fiesta was taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition. The driver of the Porsche has minor injuries.


Pellet gun found at Suffolk prison

Highpoint Prison in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pellet gun has been found in a clothing skip which was sent to a prison in Suffolk.

The gun was discovered in a supervised sorting area outside Highpoint Prison in Stadishall, near Bury St Edmunds.

It was inside a bin of clothes sent for recycling in the prison's workshop.

"It was quickly removed and there was no risk to the security of the prison. An investigation is underway."

– Ministry of Justice spokesman.

Weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 4pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015

The Met Office is warning that further slow-moving bands of heavy rain are likely to continue into Wednesday and it could cause localised minor flooding.

The Met Office says: "The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption to travel due to localised surface water flooding."

"Low pressure looks like maintaining some heavy rain within its circulation for a time during Wednesday, these slow-moving.

"Upwards of 30 mm could fall in a few places. Conditions are expected to ease during the afternoon."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

Special crime unit hits landmark


Organised criminals including drug traffickers, ram raiders and fraudsters across the region have been jailed for a total of 1,000 years by a special police unit. The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit includes officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and aims to dismantle organised crime groups.

Frankel foals go up for auction

Horses sired by champion thoroughbred Frankel are going on sale 18 horses are being sold at auction in Newmarket over the next three days. Tattersalls has catalogued more than 500 lots in book one of their October yearling sale. One of his foals recently sold in Ireland for more than a million pounds. You can watch Emily Knight's report by clicking below.

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