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The Grand National - competitors head for Aintree

Three horses from the region are in preparation for the weekend's Grand National at Aintree.

Tatenen, whose stables are in Storrington in Sussex journeys for the racecourse later today to take part in the steeplechase. Berkshire-based horses Soll, and the Nicky Henderson trained - Roberto Goldback - will also feature in the horse racing event.

Police horses in Essex could go

Horses at work in Southend Credit: ITV Meridian

Essex Police has announced plans to scrap it's mounted section to save around £600,000.

The Force says due to cuts in funding from the Government and other financial pressures it has to save more than £42.2 million by 2014.

The mounted section consists of nine officers, eight horses and two other police staff.

If the move does go ahead the unit would go in September.

Horses patrol Southend seafront Credit: ITV Meridian

The Force says it's consulting with affected staff at the moment.

Police horses only returned to the streets of Essex in 2008 after an absence of nine years.

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Showjumping Derby meeting starts at Hickstead

Showjumping meeting starts at Sussex showground today Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people are expected to converge on Hickstead Showground in Sussex over the next few days as the British Showjumping Derby meeting starts today.

The Derby itself where riders tackle the famous bank will be held in the International arena on Sunday afternoon.

Hickstead Derby bank Credit: ITV Meridian
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