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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 14 July 2017
  2. Simon Dobbin attack: Thirteen convicted over fan assault
  3. 50p stolen from woman, 84, in robbery

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Thanks for today folks - been a pleasure having you.

We'll be back again at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire.

Scroll down to see what stories we've been covering today, and have a great weekend.

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Three taken to hospital after crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Two children and one man have been taken to hospital following the crash between a coach and a lorry on the A14 eastbound, near Godmanchester.

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The ambulance service say both children had minor injuries and were taken only as a precaution.

The coach driver has a minor ankle injury.

Sixty people were reported to be on board, although this is unconfirmed.

Simon Dobbin: 'Heartbreaking' CCTV released

The wife of a man who was left with permanent brain damage following an attack by Southend United fans said it has been "devastating" watching CCTV footage played to the court.

Thirteen men have been convicted over the attack on Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin who has been unable to walk or talk since the incident in Southend in March 2015.

Simon Dobbin: CCTV shows victim dancing in pub before attack

Nicole Dobbin, who lives with her husband in Mildenhall, Suffolk, said: "It's heartbreaking, especially just recently going through the court and seeing the CCTV footage of Simon dancing and singing in the background, that's something we will never have.

"Simon was always the life and soul of a party, he was very family orientated, we did everything together, the only times we didn't socialise is when he was at a football match or we were at work, otherwise we were always together. We don't have that anymore and we will never get that back."

Simon Dobbin: Heated arguments heard outside court after verdicts
Furious scenes erupted outside a court after 13 men were convicted over an attack on a football fan.

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Crash between school coach and lorry on A14

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A coach carrying schoolchildren has collided with a lorry on the A14 eastbound, between junction 23 for Brampton and 24 for Godmanchester.

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The ambulance service says multiple injuries are reported, but none appear to be serious.

Police say the crash happened about 15:00 and queues are forming.

We'll keep you updated when we know more.

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Simon Dobbin attack: Photos of attackers released

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Police have released photos of the thirteen men who attacked football fan Simon Dobbin, 44, leaving him with permanent brain damage.

The men were all found guilty of various offences in relation to the attack in March 2015 and will be sentenced on Monday.

The jury at Basildon Crown Court heard Mr Dobbin and his friends had gone to the afternoon's football game and then spent the evening at the Blue Boar pub, where they watched the England vs France rugby match.

But when a group of Southend fans entered the pub, the U's fans decided to head home, fearing they would be targeted.

When they reached Prittlewell train station, Mr Dobbin and some of his friends became separated from the rest of the group when they took a wrong turning.

As they passed The Railway Tavern around 19:15, a large group of around 25 men came out of the pub and set upon them in East Street.

Mr Dobbin was knocked unconscious and suffered swelling on the brain.

He was put in an induced coma and spent four months in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, followed by and eight months in rehabilitation.

He returned home to Mildenhall, Suffolk, in March 2016 but needs 24-hour care.

Simon Dobbin: Ferocious attack left fan unable to walk or talk
Thirteen men have been convicted over an attack on Simon Dobbin, a Cambridge United fan.

Simon Dobbin attack: CPS statement

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has released a statement after thirteen men were convicted of various offences in relation to an attack after a football match that left Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin with brain damage.

The men were part of a gang which set out to ambush U's supporters following a match in Southend in March 2015.

Douglas Mackay, from the CPS said: "These men set out on that Saturday with the intention of getting involved in the most horrific violence.

"Their victims were chosen at random and were entirely innocent," he said.

Simon Dobbin
Nicole Dobbin

"The jury agreed with the prosecution that each of these men played an active part in planning or carrying out this shocking attack.

"Mr Dobbin and his family have been through an unimaginable ordeal. I can only hope these verdicts bring some sense of justice for them."

During the trial at Basildon Crown Court, the jury heard that the attackers scouted out locations as they planned the attack in revenge for a fight earlier in the day in which Mr Dobbin, 44, had no involvement.

They ambushed a small group of Cambridge United supporters and during the violence Mr Dobbin was kicked and stamped on repeatedly.

All of the men have been remanded in custody to face sentencing on Monday.

Simon Dobbin attackers are 'hooligans', says lead officer

The police officer in charge of the investigation into the attack which left Simon Dobbin with brain damage, has called the thirteen men convicted "a pack of animals".

Earlier today, eight of those men were found guilty of violent disorder, alongside one man who had already pleaded guilty to the charge. Three men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, with one man found guilty of hiding the group.

Det Ch Insp Martin Passmore, from Essex Police, said the group "were not football fans".

"I think they're hooligans," he said.

"These are individuals that are mainly spending their time in pubs and drinking and looking for the opportunity to have fights with other so-called football fans/hooligans.

"I haven't seen any remorse in this case at all.

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Nicole Dobbin

"Whether some of them might have great regrets about what happened that night there's some indication perhaps from some of the telephone work that we've done that would indicate that, but you could also say that that's fear. That's fear of conviction. That's fear of being caught."

If it hadn't been down to thorough police work, the convicted men "would have been running off laughing," he said.

"They knew that an individual was going to be taken away into hospital and there was some concern also from some of them of how serious this actually was, and yet they can still send text messages about 'how proud I am' and 'how proud we are of what we've done' - it's just unbelievable."

Simon Dobbin attack: Victim trending on Twitter

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Since the verdict has come in to the attack on Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin, which found 13 men guilty of various offences, his name has been trending on Twitter across the United Kingdom.

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Wife of football hooliganism victim talks of a man 'trapped' in his body

The wife of Simon Dobbin has been reacting to the news that all 13 men charged with the football hooliganism that left her husband brain-damaged have been convicted of either violent disorder, conspiracy to commit violent disorder or assisting offenders.

Emily, Simon and Nicole Dobbin
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Simon Dobbin with his daughter Emily and wife Nicole

Nicole Dobbin said it has been "heartbreaking" watching CCTV footage shown to the court of her husband dancing and singing in the background because he will never be able to do that again.

"Simon was always the life and soul of a party, he was very family orientated, we did everything together, the only times we didn't socialise is when he was at a football match or we were at work, otherwise we were always together. We don't have that anymore and we will never get that back."

Mrs Dobbin said her husband is aware of his friends and family, almost as if he is "trapped" in his body.

However, he cannot walk or talk and is fed through a tube.

He is linked to a suction machine, so he does not choke himself to death.

"I don't know how I've stayed strong," said Mrs Dobbin.

"There have been times when I lay in bed and think about the man I've lost, and the plans we had for the future will never happen, but hopefully we'll be able to make new plans."

Defendants in the Simon Dobbin football hooliganism trial
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Artist's impression of the defendants at Basildon Crown Court

She urged those who go to football matches to "cause trouble", to think twice.

"In my eyes, I'm lucky I've still got Simon, obviously not the way he is, we're not lucky about that, but the next person, one punch can kill," she said.

Simon Dobbin attack: The verdicts

Thirteen men have been convicted over an attack on Simon Dobbin, a Cambridge United fan from Mildenhall, in Suffolk.

The men, who are all Southend United fans, were found guilty of various charges in relation to the attack, which happened in Southend in March 2015 following a football match.

Simon Dobbin
BBC

Eight men were found guilty of violent disorder, alongside Rhys Pullen, 21, of Wickford, who had already admitted the charge:

  • Ryan Carter, 21, of York Road, Southend
  • Jamie Chambers, 24, of Coleman Street, Southend
  • Lewis Courtnell, 34, of Stadium Road, Southend
  • Scott Nicholls, 40, of Little Spenders, Basildon
  • Matthew Petchey, 26, of Lascelles Gardens, Rochford
  • Thomas Randall, 22, of Seaforth Avenue, Southend
  • Alexander Woods, 25, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff
  • James Woods, 25, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff

Three men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder:

  • Greg Allen, 29, of Western Avenue, Westcliff
  • Phil McGill, 32, of Hornby Avenue, Westcliff
  • Michael Shawyer, 31, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea

Ian Young, 41, of Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff was found guilty of assisting an offender by hiding the group while police were conducting a search.

All thirteen have been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on Monday, which will take place at Basildon Crown Court.

Mr Dobbin was not in attendance today but will be for the sentencing, the court heard.

The 44-year-old was left unable to walk or talk after the attack.

BreakingSimon Dobbin attack: Thirteen convicted over fan assault

Thirteen men have been convicted over an attack on a Cambridge United fan who was left unable to walk or talk after being assaulted.

Eight men were found guilty of violent disorder following a trial at Basildon Crown Court, with one other man admitting the charge earlier.

More to follow.

Water warning after animal rescue spate

Helen Burchell

BBC News

An animal rescue charity is warning about the dangers of allowing pets to swim in open water after a dog drowned.

Volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue have been called out seven times in the last two months to rescue dogs and a horse, founder Joshua Flanagan said.

Unfortunately one of the dogs died in the river in Cambridge just minutes before his team arrived.

"Under no circumstances should you allow your animals to enter the water," he said.

Dog in river
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Dogs love the water but there are hidden dangers, says a rescue charity

The charity was called in after a dog got into difficulty in the river at Jesus Green last Saturday.

"It had got its paw trapped in weed and probably went into shock as the water was so cold," Mr Flanagan said.

"Despite us arriving within minutes, sadly it died."

The charity recently had to rescue a horse from a river after its owner took it for what they thought was a paddle on a hot day.

"They thought they were walking it into shallow water, but it turned out to be much deeper," Mr Flanagan said.

"This latest incident [the dog] is just one of seven that our team have attended in the past eight weeks, so I want to take this time to remind the public about how dangerous these open waterways can be, to both humans and animals.

"This is a tragic event that has left a family grieving for their animal, and it is not one I wish to see repeated."

Fresh knife amnesty after previous success

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

After proving its worth last time, Cambridgeshire Police is set to run another knife amnesty across the county.

Operation Spectre allows members of the public to hand in weapons without prosecution.

Man holding knife
BBC

The previous amnesty in May saw 105 knives recovered in the first week.

From Monday, bins will be placed at Thorpe Wood Police Station and Bayard Place in Peterborough, Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, as well as police stations in Cambourne, Ely, March, Huntingdon and Wisbech.

From July 2016 to June 2017 there were 220 possession of weapons offences in the county. 117 were in Peterborough, 49 in Cambridge and 12 in Wisbech.

£2m boat resumes journey

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Remember the brand spanking new boat making its way through Cambridge yesterday?

It's on the move again, as it heads to Ipswich for sea trials.

The vessel began its journey in Oundle, Northamptonshire, yesterday, travelling through Cambridge city centre.

But not on the A14, as you may expect, as the load is too big for the trunk road's bridges.

It's pictured here close to Needham Market in Suffolk earlier this morning...

Boat on the back of a lorry
BBC

A specialist team has been on hand to remove traffic lights and railings along the route so it can fit through.

The 65ft (20m) boat, escorted by police along the way, was kept in a layby near Cambridge overnight.

Posh triallist 'happy' to be signed

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Former Swansea defender Liam Shephard says he's ready to "kick on" now he's finally got his signing at Peterborough United over the line.

The 22-year-old joined Posh on trial earlier this month, featuring against St Albans and Nuneaton.

He said he "got to know the team very well" in the last three weeks, but in the back of his mind knew he wasn't signed...

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Simon Dobbin attack: Jury told majority verdict will be accepted

A jury at Basildon Crown Court has been told a majority verdict will be accepted rather than a unanimous verdict in the trial of 13 men accused of conspiring to commit violent disorder.

The group of Southend United fans were charged over an attack on Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin, who was left unable to walk or talk after being assaulted in Southend in 2015.

Judge Pugh said he would accept a majority verdict from the jury if at least 10 of its members were in agreement. The jury has been deliberating for 17 hours.

Solar panel car park given planning permission

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Plans to build a £3m solar car port in St Ives has been granted planning permission.

It will see solar panels installed above parking spaces at the guided busway car park.

Artist's impression of car park
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Artist's impression of car park

The energy they generate would supply electric car charging points and LED lights in the car park, with any excess energy being sold to the electricity grid.

Now it's a matter of funding. A bid has gone in to the European Regional Development Fund to pay for 50% of the cost. The county council will then invest the other half.

Over time, the aim is to recoup the investment through sale of electricity.

The pilot project will be three times bigger than the current largest solar car port in the country in Nottingham, and if successful will be rolled out to sites around the county.

Jury resumes its deliberations in the Simon Dobbin football hooliganism trial

Jurors have returned to Basildon Crown Court to resume their deliberations in the trial of 13 men who deny violence charges in connection with football hooliganism offences.

It follows the attack on Simon Dobbin, a Cambridge United fan from Mildenhall, who was left brain-damaged after the incident in Southend following a match at Roots Hall in March 2015.

Jurors have to consider 24 verdicts on charges of either violent disorder or conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

They've been out since Monday afternoon.

Emily, Simon and Nicole Dobbin
Family photo
Simon Dobbin with his daughter Emily and wife Nicole

50p stolen from woman, 84, in robbery

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

An 84-year-old woman from Peterborough has been left injured after a robber entered her house and stole just 50p.

Alfia Barnett had just arrived back at her home on Highbury Street, just off Lincoln Road, when a man forced his way past her, pushing her out of the way and causing her minor injuries.

He grabbed her handbag, stealing 50p, before leaving on a bicycle.

Alfia Barnett
Cambridgeshire Police

It happened about 11:45 yesterday.

The man was described as white, 6ft 1in tall, aged in his 20s or 30s and with facial hair. He wore a dark hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Simon Dobbin trial: Jury to resume deliberations for a fifth day

Jurors are about to enter a fifth day of deliberations at the trial of 13 men accused of football hooliganism offences which left a Cambridge United fan with brain damage.

Simon Dobbin and Cambridge United fans
Dobbin Family

Simon Dobbin, who lives in Mildenhall in Suffolk, was attacked by a group of men outside a pub near Southend United's ground in March 2015.

He has been unable to walk or talk since.

Thirteen men have been charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder which they deny, while 12 have been charged with violent disorder, of which 11 pleaded not guilty, while one man admitted it.

The jury retired to consider its verdicts on Monday afternoon and so far they've been discussing the verdicts for 14 hours.

They are due back at Basildon Crown Court at 10:15.

Video: Weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Early showers will give way to a dry day with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F) across the BBC East region.

The weekend will also be mostly dry, but cloudy.

Here's my full forecast:

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Welcome back

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to another day of live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 14 July.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

A full forecast for the day is on the way and as it's Friday, we'll try our best to make it a good one.

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That's it for live updates for today. We'll return tomorrow from 08:00.

Scroll down through today's feed for today's stories...

Any breaking news from around the county will appear on this page overnight.

Have a great evening.

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Overnight weather: Milder with some showers later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening cloud will continue to develop from the north bringing the small chance of an isolated shower.

Overnight another band of showers will cross the BBC East region during the early hours.

It'll be milder than last night, with lows of 12C (54F).

Friday's weather map
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Friday will be mainly dry but rather cloudy, with the chance of a further isolated shower.

Feeling cooler with highs of 19C (66F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Simon Dobbin attack trial: Jury sent home for day

The jury in the trial of 13 men accused of attacking a Cambridge United football fan following a match against Southend United have been sent home for the day.

The jury, which reconvened at 10:15 after a short day yesterday, has so far deliberated the verdicts for 14 hours.

They are due to reconvene at Basildon Crown Court from 10:15 tomorrow.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, has been unable to walk or talk since the attack in March 2015.

Building equipment stolen in Wisbech

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A piece of machinery, worth £6,000 has been stolen from a building site in Wisbech.

The measuring device, called a Topcon OS 105, was taken by two men who entered the site on Wednesday 5 July at about 16:00.

Topcon OS 105
Cambridgeshire Police
Topcon OS 105
Cambridgeshire Police

They left in a Ford Mondeo, believed to be black or grey.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Plans to stop IVF treatment in county

A series of public meetings held by the NHS is under way, about plans to stop all state-funded fertility treatment in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The area's Clinical Commissioning Group currently offers one treatment cycle to women under 40.

That would be stopped, aside from two exceptions, to save £700,000-a-year.

IVF treatment
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Those exceptions would be...

  • To patients undergoing cancer treatments, or who have a disease or a condition that has a significant likelihood of making them infertile
  • To men who have a chronic viral infection, primarily HIV and whose female partner does not, as a risk reduction measure

Some parts of neighbouring Suffolk and Essex still offer two rounds, and the guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is three full cycles.

The proposed policy would still allow for patients to be referred from their GP to their local hospital for investigation into their infertility.

However it would no longer allow for people requiring IVF treatments to be referred from the local hospital to the specialist fertility services for treatments funded by the NHS, apart from the exceptions.

This evening's meeting is in Huntingdon - with more meetings in Ely and Cambridge next week. Full details here.

£2m boat nearing St Neots

It appears the abnormally large boat, being transported to Ipswich from Oundle in Northamptonshire, is making good ground, passing through Great Staughton near St Neots.

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The brand-new £2m vessel is too tall for the A14, so instead has to take the back roads.

It will be navigating the streets of central Cambridge later today, before heading into Suffolk tomorrow after an overnight stop.

A team of people are on hand to remove traffic lights and telephone wires if the load is too large.