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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 14 July 2017
  2. Simon Dobbin football hooliganism trial: 13 men convicted
  3. Mr Dobbin is due to attend sentencing on Monday
  4. More than 130 jobs lost at Ipswich insurance call centre
  5. Man released from police custody after woman dies in Felixstowe
  6. Armed police deployed at Latitude as security raised

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By Philippa Taylor

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Andrew Woodger

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Our BBC Local Live service is closing down for Suffolk for the week.

Our coverage today has been dominated by the conviction of 13 men who attacked a football fan from Mildenhall and left him brain-damaged.

Scroll down for this and more on the loss of 134 call centre jobs in Ipswich and photos from the Latitude Festival.

Have a great weekend.

Hadleigh factory emerges phoenix-like from the ashes

In 2014, the Challs cleaning products factory in Hadleigh went up in smoke, destroying two of its warehouses.

Challs fire, Hadleigh in 2014
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Even though 70 firefighters had to deal with the blaze, manufacturing continued at the site on the Lady Lane industrial estate.

The parts of the plant affected and now part of the plant has been rebuilt at a cost of £3.7m.

Company spokesman Edel Tobin-Schultz said: "This new building is a great step forward for a thriving Suffolk manufacturer who not only rallied from the catastrophic fire, but went on to thrive and now exports to five continents globally.

"The building is packed with impressive and in some cases ground-breaking features from a technology and environmental perspective and it’s given Hadleigh a real boost."

Challs factory, Hadleigh
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Challs, Hadleigh
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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.

Ipswich Town sign Wolves defender

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Wolves defender Dominic Iorfa on a season long loan deal.

The 22-year old can play right-back or centre-half but struggled for game time at Molineux last season only making 18 league appearances.

✍🏻 Town are delighted to confirm the signing of @DominicIorfa on a season-long loan from @Wolves #itfc ⚽️… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Fancy getting into motorsport?

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Man arrested after shots fired in Ipswich

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in Kesgrave, on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Shots were fired at Cardinal Park in Ipswich at about 03:00 this morning.

Police were told that shots had been heard in the Grafton Way area of the town and several shell cases, thought to be blanks, were found.

Cardinal Park
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A cordon was in place, but was lifted at about 12:50.

A 21-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a vehicle was found with its windows smashed, has been released under investigation.

Roly Poly wins the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

The Aiden O'Brian trained favourite Roly Poly has won the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket. Wuheida came second with Arabian Hope third.

Your Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes winner ROLY POLY is still full of beans on the walk back in!!

Your Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes winner ROLY POLY is still full of beans on the walk back in!!

Cycling community cafe closing today

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A cycling and community cafe in Ipswich town centre is closing today ahead of a move to the town's waterfront in the autumn.

La Tour, opposite St Mary-le-Tower church, opened in 2015.

Anna Matthews, founder, said: "It's been a cafe-cum-community hub serving young families and we've offered a pay-it-forward service for customers who want to buy a drink for homeless people who come in.

"We need a bigger space to grow and develop."

La Tour cycle cafe
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The team has been offered a unit under The Mill tower block on the waterfront which they hope to have ready before Christmas.

La Tour cycle cafe
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Southwold railway enthusiasts adopt old locomotive
Train enthusiasts, who are hoping to reopen an old seaside railway line, have been given a 1913 engine.

Simon Dobbin attack: Photos of attackers released

the defendants
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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.

Latitude: A new Prince tribute act

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Comedian Marcus Brigstock put in a Prince-themed show at Latitude on Thursday night.

Marcus Brigstock dressed up as Prince
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And the famous coloured Latitude sheep are feeling in the pink this year...

Sheep at Latitude 2017
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Latitude: View from the big wheel

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Here's a bit more flavour from the Latitude Festival.

This was the view from the top of the big wheel last night...

View from big wheel at Latitude
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And the whole site is looking great this year:

Latitude Festival
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Latitude Festival
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Latitude: Lightshow on the lake

While things don't really get up and running at the Latitude Festival until Friday, on Thursday night there is always a handful of poets and the water and lightshow on the lake at Henham Park and yesterday evening was no exception:

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Latitude: Now in its 12th year

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

At the first Latitude in 2006, I wrote a review for the BBC website, and I said "The promoters will certainly have generated enough positive word-of-mouth praise to merit bringing the whole show back next year".

The size of the first audience was about 10,000-12,000 across the weekend.

And they're still here 11 years later for the 12th edition... when about 40,000 are expected at Henham Park.

Adult weekend tickets were around the £100 mark in 2006. They're now closer to £200.

Latitude Festival
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Estate owner Hektor Rous announces plans for the first Latitude Festival in 2006

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.

simon dobbin
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."

More than 100 jobs go at insurance call centre in Ipswich

An insurance and financial call centre company has gone into administration, resulting in the loss of 134 jobs in Ipswich.

Call Connection, Cromwell Square, Ipswich
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Call Connection, which has offices on Cromwell Square in the town centre, has appointed BDO as the administrator.

The company, which provides call centre services for other firms, has ceased to trade, but will operate with a "skeleton staff" as the office is wound down.

Martha Thompson, business restructuring partner at BDO, said: "Unfortunately, the company experienced recent financial difficulties which put a significant strain on its working capital position.

"The directors endeavoured to secure a sale of the business as a going concern but, regrettably, a purchaser has not been found, leaving no other option but to place the company into administration and to cease to trade the business.

"The joint administrators are taking all necessary steps to maximise recoveries for the benefit of all creditors."

The company also has an office in the City of London.

BreakingMore than 100 jobs lost as Ipswich call centre goes into administration

The owner of a call centre in Ipswich has gone into administration with the loss of 134 jobs in the town.

More details to follow...

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.

Trending list
Twitter

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
Family Photo
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
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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.

£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.

Man dies in A14 crash

A man, in his 20s, has been killed while walking on the A14 in Bury St Edmunds.

Police were called at 02:40 to reports that a blue Peugeot 306 had hit a pedestrian on the westbound carriageway between junctions 43 (sugar factory) and 42 (Westley/Newmarket Road junction)

The road reopened at about 07:15 and officers are appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage.

The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver of the car was unharmed.

Latitude: One less arena and one to watch

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

One change at the Latitude Festival this year is that the previously separate poetry and literary tents have been combined to create the Speakeasy.

It has become a sit-in style bar, but, sadly, the tent is no bigger than the literary stage last year. This means for big acts like Tim Key last night it was tricky to get in..

The Speakeasy tent at Latitude
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Speakeasy
Tim Key at Latitude
Jon Wright
Just about seeing Tim Key in the Speakeasy

Meanwhile, Chelmondiston's Bessie Turner, who is one of BBC Introducing in Suffolk's picks to play on the Lake Stage this weekend, has arrived and is getting ready to open proceedings at 13:00.

Bessie Turner at Latitude
BBC

You can catch a sneak video preview of her here when she performed at a media event at the site earlier in the summer.

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.

Shell cases found after reports of shooting at Ipswich leisure park

Suffolk Police are confirming shots appear to have been fired at Cardinal Park in Ipswich town centre.

Officers were contacted at about 03:00 after people reported the incident at the leisure park, which features bars, a gym and the town's multiplex cinema.

Cardinal Park, Ipswich
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Investigators took witness statements and found "several shell cases" outside one of the units.

A police spokesman said: "It is not thought to have been live ammunition and no-one was injured.

"It is thought one man fired the blanks and police are investigating exactly what happened, however at this stage it’s thought it may have been a dispute between several individuals."

The area has been cordoned-off.

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man from the town on suspicion of criminal damage after a vehicle was found with its windows smashed and they believe it is linked to the shooting.

He remains in police custody while officers try and find other people who may have been involved.

BreakingShots fired in Ipswich

Suffolk Police are investigating reports that shots were fired early this morning at Cardinal Park in Ipswich.

More detail when we get it....

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

BBC Radio Suffolk live from Latitude

Here's a run-down of when BBC Radio Suffolk will be broadcasting live from the Latitude Festival near Southwold:

And there will be regular reports throughout the weekend on other programmes.

You can listen live here, and catch up with all programmes later on the BBC iPlayer - using the handy links to each programme above.

Latitude Festival
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An bird's eye view of the festival from 2011

Latitude: Security being increased

BBC Introducing in Suffolk presenter Richard Haugh arrived at Latitude yesterday and said there were "unprecedented long queues to get into the campsite".

He added: "I think they've upped security a lot" and sent us this picture:

Security sign at the Latitude Festival
BBC

The Latitide Festival website confirms "you will probably notice more security this year, please do not be alarmed, this is for your safety and security" and advises that people will not be able to take large bags (anything over A4 size) from the campsites to the festival arenas area.

Injured player taken to hospital in fire engine

East Anglian Daily Times

The front page of the Suffolk edition reports: "Footballer Henry, 16, suffers double ankle break - but is told ambulance would take five hours".

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Man released after woman in 40s found dead in Felixstowe

A man, 58, who was arrested after the death of a woman in Felixstowe, has been released under investigation by Suffolk Police.

The woman was found critically ill on the floor of her home at Leeward Court near the town's railway station on Wednesday.

Police said she had been there for "some time" and the man was arrested.

The woman, who was in her 40s, died in hospital on Thursday afternoon and a post-mortem examination is due to take place today.

A police cordon remained in place around the address while inquiries continued.

Leeward Court, Felixstowe
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Leeward Court off St Andrew's Road, pictured at an earlier date

Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman signs for Portsmouth

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