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  1. Updates for Monday, 25 July 2016
  2. Thirteen men face charges after Mildenhall football fan left brain-damaged
  3. Disruption on rail network after death in Suffolk
  4. Sudbury businessman says road closure will have a 'big impact' on his trade
  5. McCarthy 'fuming' after Ipswich draw
  6. Fen Tigers record first away win since 2014

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it from the Suffolk team for today.

Our main story has been the news that thirteen men are to face charges in connection with an attack which left a football fan from Mildenhall with brain damage.

Simon Dobbin, 41, suffered a serious head injury during the fracas between fans outside the Railway Pub in East Street, Southend in March last year. 

Scroll down to read more on this, and the other stories making the news from across the county.

Overnight weather: Dry with skies clearing at times

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells and a few isolated light showers possible this evening across the eastern region.

Tonight will be dry with lows of around 13C (55F).

Overnight weather map

Tuesday's looking like a similar day to today, with a few light showers, although many places will remain dry. Temperatures in the sunshine will be around 23C (73F).

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Elderly cyclist receives injuries in hit-and-run collision in Beccles

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

An elderly female cyclist received serious injuries and was taken to the James Paget Hospital, after a fail-to-stop collision with a car on Peddars Lane in Beccles yesterday morning.

Suffolk Police said the car, described as a small, dark coloured hatchback, is alleged to have left in the direction of Bungay and may have damage to its front nearside wing or bonnet.

They'd like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who may have dashcam footage taken in the area at about 09:45, when the crash took place.

Fatality at Needham Market railway station

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

British Transport Police officers have been called to Needham Market rail station following reports of a person being struck by a train.  

The call came into police at 15:53. Officers attended the scene alongside paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service.  

A person was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers will now work to establish the identity of the person and inform their family. 

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.  A file will be prepared for the coroner.  

Merger of councils up for discussion

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils are holding a joint meeting tonight to discuss the creation of a combined local authority for east Suffolk.

Suffolk Coastal District Council offices, Woodbridge
Suffolk Coastal Council

A report to the meeting is recommending a full merger, which would see the creation of an authority spanning the area from Lowestoft to Felixstowe, and which it's claimed would save around £1.3m a year.

If councillors agree with the recommendation, the next step would be to go to public consultation in November.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy delighted with McGoldrick return

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It was a sight for sore eyes as Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick belatedly made his first appearance of the pre-season at the weekend.

David McGoldrick
Getty Images

The 28-year-old, who missed large chunks of last season through various injuries, had been laid low by a hip problem, but came on for the last 31 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Cambridge.

"It was great, lovely to see him out there," said manager Mick McCarthy. "That's his first 30 minutes in a long time, so let's hope we can keep him on the pitch. That'd be great."

Ipswich Town: Webster likely to miss season opener

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's recent signing Adam Webster isn't expected to be ready to face Barnsley on the opening day of the Championship season.

Adam Webster

The 21-year-old's been nursing an ankle injury since he arrived from Portsmouth, and only returned to action in last week's win at Colchester United.

Manager Mick McCarthy can't see him being available for 6 August: "Probably not, after 13 weeks out. We've only got two weeks until the start and two 90 minute games to get in."

Baby rescued from hot car

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Firefighters from Ipswich have rescued a baby who'd become locked in a hot car. 

The alarm was raised shortly after 13:00 and the fire service says the child was trapped in the vehicle in Speedwell Road for around 15 minutes. 

The baby, who is only 10 weeks old, wasn't thought to be seriously hurt and did not require hospital treatment.

The fire service said the mother had accidentally managed to lock the baby in the vehicle and could not get the doors open.

Anorexic student says he's now 'well and happy'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Michael Maitland says he's now well and happy, but admits that it's taken years: "It takes a long time to overcome something as bad as that and I obviously still have to keep fighting it and working on it every day.

"It's definitely not quick fix if you're that deep in it".

His father Iain added that he's very proud of how Michael has turned his life around, saying: "Only this week he was saying he's started an apprenticeship - onwards and upwards."

We were a 'happy, normal, jolly' family says anorexic student's father

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Iain Maitland, who lives in Felixstowe, says for a long time they ignored the changes when their son Michael, who had developed anorexia, came back from university.

Iain Maitland

He said: "Michael did get thinner and for a long time we ignored it.

"We just thought it was him growing up and changing the colour of his hair and I think Michael didn't want us to know he was depressed and becoming anorexic.

"We were always a very happy, normal, jolly family and then suddenly to find this terrible thing, anorexia, to the point where he was ending up in hospital and rehab, was so far beyond the realms of what we'd ever known or could have expected that we just didn't believe it was happening to us."

Anorexic man says: 'There was no set reason for why it happened'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Felixstowe man who developed depression and almost died of anorexia while he was at the University of East Anglia in Norwich says there was no "set reason" why it happened. 

Michael Maitland

Michael Maitland (pictured) said: "There was just a gradual process and I wasn't even aware of it at first. I never had a problem with how I looked or anything like that. I think it was more a mood thing."

Correspondence between Michael and his father Iain Maitland is now being published in a book called Dear Michael, Love Dad.

Speaking about the letters, Michael added: "I'd read them at first in the beginning stages, but towards the end I was getting really depressed ... I just ignored my dad."

Father's letters to anorexic son are turned into a book

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The correspondence between a Felixstowe man and his son, who was at university in Norfolk and suffering from severe depression and anorexia, has formed the basis of a book which is being published later this week.

Book cover
Hodder and Stoughton

Iain Maitland says: "When Michael went to university I started writing letters and later emails, just full of stuff and nonsense about things that were happening at home, making jokes and of course whilst that was all happening Michael was falling into depression and anorexia.

"There was lots of me shouting at him and 'when are you going to get a job' and 'you know how much all this is costing us' and things like that, and whilst that was happening, Michael was sinking lower and lower."

Dear Michael, Love Dad is published by Hodder & Stoughton on Thursday.

Afternoon weather: Mainly dry with bright or sunny spells

BBC Weather

There will be some sunny breaks through this afternoon and a moderate westerly breeze. It will feel a bit fresher than recent days, though still quite warm when the sun shines. 

Top temperature: 23C (73F).

Weather picture of Chedburgh

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Callum Wilkinson ceases 52-year British drought

Newmarket Journal

Callum Wilkinson ended a wait of more than half a century for a Great British athlete to win a global race walking title by clinching gold at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships on Saturday.  

Ipswich Town: Murphy speculation to be expected - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After scoring 37 goals in two seasons and impressing for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy isn't surprised to see Daryl Murphy being linked to other clubs.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

Last week the 33-year-old was said to be interesting Fulham and Newcastle United, according to the national press.

"I've not had any calls about Daryl, but that doesn't mean to say there isn't interest because he's a good player and had a good European Championship," said McCarthy.

"I sincerely hope not, and by the way, he's on a long contract with us so we don't have to sell anybody. That's the discussion I've had with Marcus [Evans, club owner] today."

Speedway: Podium finish for Barker

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches rider Ben Barker finished third in yesterday's Individual Meeting in Peterborough - part of the new revamped Fours weekend.

Ben Barker
Ipswich Witches

Barker's Witches team-mate Nico Covatti also rode in the event, although his six points weren't enough to progress past the group stage.

The tournament was won by Scunthorpe's Ryan Douglas, with Steve Worrall of Newcastle second.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy plays down Smith speculation

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he's had no contact from anyone regarding defender Tommy Smith.

Tommy Smith
Getty Images

With just a year to go on his current contract rumours last week suggested the 26-year-old is interesting Championship rivals Fulham, Blackburn and Reading. 

McCarthy said: "Nobody's made a phone call to me about him. We're in negotiations with him [about a new deal], but where they are at, I'm not sure." 

Simon Dobbin investigation 'thorough and complex'

The investigation into the attack on Simon Dobbin had been "thorough and complex", Essex Police says.

Thirteen people now face charges but we are continuing our inquiries

Signing and photo session kicks-off Open Day

Town’s open day at Portman Road this Thursday will take a slightly different format from previous years with the signing and photo session with the players kicking off the event at 10:00.

Mick McCarthy signing autographs

Men to appear in court over Simon Dobbin football attack

Details have been released of the men who are to face charges linked to the attack on football fan Simon Dobbin following a nil-nil draw between Southend United and Cambridge United in March last year.

Mr Dobbin, 41, from Suffolk, suffered a serious head injury during the fracas between fans outside the Railway Pub in East Street, Southend.

Simon Dobbin
Nicole Dobbin

Eleven men have been summonsed to face charges of affray. They are:

  • Lewis Courtnell, 33, a fence installer, of Stadium Road, Southend
  • Jamie Chambers, 22, unemployed, of Coleman Street, Southend
  • Thomas Randall, 21, a consumer credit employee, of Seaforth Avenue, Southend 
  • Michael Shawyer, 30, a tiler, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea 
  • Matthew Petchey, 24, a labourer, of Lascelles Gardens, Rochford 
  • Alexander Woods, 24, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff
  • Philip McGill, 31, an electrician, of Hornby Avenue, Westcliff
  • Greg Allen, 28, a painter, of Wellington Avenue, Westcliff
  • Rhys Pullen, 20, a telecommunications engineer of Bridge Road, Wickford 
  • James Woods, 24, a chef, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff 
  • Scott Nicholls, 40, a construction worker, of Sherwood Close, Langdon Hill

Ryan Carter, 20, who is unemployed, from York Road in Southend, has already been charged with affray after answering bail on Friday.

Ian Young, 40, an electrician, of Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff, has been summonsed to face charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas or an electrical incapacitation device

All of the men are to due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2 September.

'Make the most of town jewels'

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

BreakingSimon Dobbin: Thirteen men face charges over football fan attack

Thirteen men are to face charges after a football fan was left brain damaged following an attack at a Southend United match last year. 

Simon Dobbin

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin, 44, from Mildenhall, in Suffolk, was assaulted in East Street at about 19:15 on 21 March. 

More to follow...

Decision not to ban all Russian competitors from Rio 2016 'incredibly disappointing' says Goldie Sayers

Newmarket javelin thrower Goldie Sayers says it's "incredibly disappointing" that the International Olympic Committee has decided not to ban all Russian competitors from the Rio games.

Goldie Sayers
Getty Images

She added: "I think they've probably missed the biggest opportunity in their history to honour the dedication and sacrifice of the clean athletes, of which there are thousands, who dedicate their lives to compete at the Olympics.

"I don't know what more has to happen for a nation to be banned."

Travel: A12 closed at J28 on M25

BBC Travel

If you're planning to travel to London via the A12, you'll need to find another route. 

It's closed at J28 on the M25 in Harold Wood, between the Brook Street roundabout and the Maylands Way junction, because of accident investigation work.

Speedway: Mildenhall finally win away

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After almost two years of trying, Mildenhall Fen Tigers have broken their away duck.

Connor Mountain
Jeff Higgott

The Suffolk side won 53-37 at Buxton Hitmen in the National League yesterday - their first victory on the road since 2014. 

Three riders were paid for double figure scores - Connor Mountain (pictured), Dan Halsey and Jon Armstrong.

McCarthy fumes at 'garbage' as Town draw at Cambridge

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy didn't pull any punches after watching his side squander the lead to draw 1-1 at Cambridge United on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

As happened on several occasions last season Town conceded late on with Jo Pigott's strike cancelling out Andre Dozzell's opener.

"I'm not tolerating that, I've just told them that's garbage," McCarthy said.

"To concede that goal is really poor. I'm fuming after that, I don't often lose the plot but I just have [in the dressing room]."

UK Power Networks says it'll 'make it clear' businesses in Friars Street are open as normal

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

UK Power Networks says it has timed work in Sudbury for the school holidays, and before the local carnival, to minimise the impact.

A spokesman said a road closure is needed on Friars Street, between Quay Lane and Blackfriars, in order to install new electricity cables and dismantle the overhead line.  

He said the company was investing £80,000 in a project with the aim of increasing the resilience of electricity supplies to the town.

He said: "Advance warning signs are in place, and once work starts additional signs will make it clear businesses in Friars Street are open as normal."

Sudbury businessman says road closure will have a 'big impact' on his trade

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Sudbury newsagent says "no-one will be able to get near us" when Friars Street is closed from 1 August for three weeks, for the installation of new underground power cables.

Alan Devereux

Alan Devereux, whose business has been in the same location for about 30 years, said: "It's the passing trade we're going to miss." 

He added they'll still be there after the work is completed, but said: "It's just another nail in the coffin which we didn't need after the fire. 

"We're all trying to recover from it... you just don't need another road closure on top of that one." 

We'll find out what UK Power Networks have to say next.

Looking back at last year's fire in Sudbury

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We've been reporting how concerned a Sudbury newsagent is about the closure of Friars Street while new underground power cables are installed, because a major fire there last year also had an affect on business for local traders.

The fire broke out in an 18th Century mansion, which was used by a nail salon and a charity shop, on the evening of 6 September and affected five businesses and 11 properties, resulting in about 20 people being made homeless. 

Sudbury fire 2015
Suffolk County Council

At the time, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge said: "It does look like those images from the war, when a bomb has landed on a building."

Friars Street was closed to vehicles for three months after the blaze.

Monday's weather: Mainly dry with bright or sunny spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

There will be some sunny breaks through the day and a moderate westerly breeze. It will feel a bit fresher than recent days, though still quite warm when the sun shines, with a top temperature of 23C (73F).

This evening will be dry with some late sunny spells, followed by a dry and settled night. Lows of 14C (57F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather

Welcome to Monday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

We'll start the day by looking at concerns from a Sudbury newsagent that his business may not survive a month-long road closure while work's carried out by UK Power Networks,

His business is in Friars Street, which was closed for three months last year following a massive fire in September.

Friars Street, Sudbury