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That's all from the Norfolk Live team

Our regular news updates have now come to an end for the week - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Any breaking stories will be updated on the site.

Have a great weekend.

Thanks Essex, and goodnight

That's it from the Essex Live team for this week so goodbye, and enjoy your weekend.

Thanks for your company, and hopefully you'll join us again from 08:00 on Monday, when we'll bring you more news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Today we've been covering the conviction of 13 men who attacked football fan Simon Dobbin after a match at Southend United.

Scroll down the page to follow that story as it happened, and if you want to comment about anything at all, use the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

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.

Chinchillas and cornsnakes in airing cupboard fire

Firefighters are trained to save animals from burning buildings and tricky situations, which is just as well as on Thursday afternoon they were faced with... 10 corn snakes and two chinchillas in a third floor flat fire.

An electrical fault caused a fire in the airing cupboard of the flat in Holden Close in Braintree.

The unusual pets were being kept in the living room, and as the flat was smoke-logged, Essex Fire and Rescue officers had to use ventilation fans to keep the safe from harm.

The service praised the flat owner for closing all the internal doors once her smoke alarm went off, helping protect the rest of the flat and her precious pets from damage.

Sadly, firefighters were too busy flighting the fire to take photographs, so here's a chinchilla and a corn snake in case you're not familiar with them. They are looking happy because they were not involved in the fire.

Chinchilla and corn snake

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

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
Challs, Hadleigh

Woman suffers serious head injury after M25 crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A woman in her 30s has been airlifted to hospital in a life-threatening condition after a serious crash on the M25 earlier this afternoon.

The crash, between a silver Kia Sportage and a lorry happened between junctions 29 and 30 around 14:00.

The woman, in her 30s, has suffered a serious head injury, say the ambulance service.

The clockwise carriageway remains closed with delays in the area. The anti-clockwise road is unaffected.

Heart surgery causes Carrott to cancel concert

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A re-arranged heart bypass operation has caused comedian Jasper Carott to cancel the final concert at the Holt Festival in North Norfolk.

The gig was planned for 30 July.

He said: "Whilst it's not desperate it is obviously something I need to get done as soon as possible. I sincerely hope I can rearrange the date in the future to make up for it."

His manager Steve Hutt confirmed that it "wasn't a decision we took lightly, previously he has only ever cancelled one gig in his entire career."

Full ticket refunds will be avaliable.

Jasper Carrott
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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 ⚽️……

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

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.

Ex-Ipswich striker targeting a Championship return

After leaving Ipswich Town to join League One club Portsmouth, Brett Pitman's told the Pompey website he doesn't see the move as a backwards step.

Brett Pitman
Portsmouth FC

The 29-year-old, who spent two seasons at Portman Road, has joined the south coast side on a three year contract.

“I had a good chat with the manager at Ipswich and we both decided that it was time for me to move on," he said.

“But I don’t see this as a drop down – I see it as an opportunity to push on and hopefully get promoted again.

“When I went back to Bournemouth I signed a three-year contract and we were in League One, but when I left they were in the Premier League – who’s to say that can’t happen again?"

Defender Marcel Franke joins Norwich City Football Club

BBC Sport

Defender Marcel Franke has been signed by Norwich City Football Club on a three-year-deal from Bundesliga II side Greuther Fürth for an undisclosed fee.

Daniel Farke
Norwich City Football Club

The 24-year-old centre-back said: "It was an easy step for me. I had good conversations with the coach and he convinced me Norwich was the right club.

"I want to play football with the team so I’m looking forward to this."Head Coach Daniel Farke added: "We were searching for some improvements in defence so I’m happy.

"He’s a really solid defender but also solid at building up our game. Marcel is a young guy at just 24 so has lots of potential but is also pretty experienced.

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

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

Cantley's Hewett playing in wheelchair doubles after losing singles semi-final

BBC Sport

We've reported that Britain's Alfie Hewett, from Cantley in Norfolk, went out of the Wimbledon men's wheelchair singles at the semi-final stage after losing against Gustavo Fernandez.

Alfie Hewett

The Argentinean second seed, 23, avenged his French Open final defeat by 19-year-old Hewett last month, coming through 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

The pair face each other again today in the doubles semi-final. Hewett and his British partner Gordon Reid are defending the title they won at the All England Club last year.

Compatriots Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker are also in doubles action.

Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji are the defending champions, and face Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffieon and Aniek Van Koot. Shuker takes to the court alongside Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany. They will play second seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot - also from the Netherlands.

Air ambulance at crash closes M25

The M25 has been closed to allow the air ambulance to land at the scene of a crash..

There's been a serious single-car accident clockwise between junction 29 for Basildon and junction 30 for Thurrock services, Highways England says.

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Essex Fire and Rescue is at the scene as well as the Essex air ambulance.

Diversions are in place and you can find them by following the link on the tweet above.

Cantley's Alfie Hewett knocked out of Wimbledon

BBC Sport

Cantley's Alfie Hewett has been knocked out of Wimbledon after losing his match in the wheelchair tennis semi-final at Wimbledon against Argentine Gustavo Fernandez.

Alfie Hewett
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Hewett, 19, beat world number five Nicolas Peifer in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to get into the semi final.

Simon Dobbin attack: Photos of attackers released

the defendants
Essex Police

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.

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

And the famous coloured Latitude sheep are feeling in the pink this year...

Sheep at Latitude 2017

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

And the whole site is looking great this year:

Latitude Festival
Latitude Festival

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

M25 cleared of caravan chaos

It's all back to normal on the M25 after this morning's caravan catastrophe - whatever "normal" is for the M25 on a Friday afternoon...

Two lanes clockwise at junctions 26 and 27 were closed for a while after a caravan overturned, but that's all been cleared and all four lanes are now open, Highways England says.

Here's what it looks like at the moment - that's a lot better, right?

M25 in Essex
HIghways England

Cultural schemes benefit from funding boost

It's hoped more people will be able to get involved in the arts in this county after a £153,500 boost was given to 11 organisations.

Those benefiting from the county council's cultural development strategic fund include Colchester Arts Centre which will get £15,000 to help make its workshops and performances more accessible.

Colchester Arts Centre
Geograph/Paul Farmer

Orchestras Live will get the same amount to support its work with people with special needs, while Signals Essex Media Centre gets £27,000 towards its digital skills workshops.

"It is vital that we help to preserve cultural organisations in Essex as they have a positive impact on the lives of local residents, and make Essex a fun and exciting place to live," said Sue Barker, councillor for culture, communities and customers.

"I am heartened by the level of pride that people take in their local community,” she added.

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.

Knife-crime crackdown in Norfolk

Norfolk Police is taking part in a national week-long operation to tackle the issue of knife crime.


Between 17 July and and 22 July 2017, Operation Sceptre will be targeting offenders who use and carry knives as well as highlighting the risks of carrying a bladed weapon.

Officers across the county will be carrying out high-visibility patrols to disrupt crime gangs and associated gang activity who carry and use knives.

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

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.

M25 caravan recovered after overturning

The caravan which caused chaos on the M25 earlier was recovered about an hour after it overturned, closing two lanes of the road between the junctions for Waltham Abbey and north-east London.

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But with one lane still closed as they clear debris, Highways England is warning of delays well into the afternoon.

From the archives: Bomber at RAF Watton in 1940

Seventy seven years ago this month, a photographer took this picture of a Bristol Blenheim Mk IV, YH-B light bomber aircraft of No 21 squadron in the RAF warms up its engines before take-off in 1940.

Based at RAF Watton in Norfolk, the aircraft was shot down in July the following year during a raid on Rotterdam.

A Bristol Blenheim Mk IV, YH-B, (V6240) light bomber aircraft of No 21 squadron, RAF, warms up its engines before take-off, 1940. Based at RAF Watton in Norfolk, the aircraft was shot down in July the following year during a raid on Rotterdam.
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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

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
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

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.

Caravan causing M25 chaos

An overturned caravan is causing delays on the M25 this lunchtime.

If you're stuck between junctions 26 for Waltham Abbey and 27 for north-east London and Stansted you'll know all about it.

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Two out of the four lanes clockwise have had to be closed off and Highways England says it could take about an hour to clear.

Map of M25
Highways England

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.

Aquaman meets the Incredible Hulk

It's serious gear for a serious job, but Essex Police's photograph did make us chuckle.

It's like Aquaman meets the Hulk (on the right)... and his mate, "specialist breathing equipment-man".

Essex Specials officers in safety gear
Essex Police

Actually, it's the force's Specials showing off some of the equipment they use to deal with some of the more unusual situations they'll be called on to attend in their new roles with the Operational Support Group.

Basildon boss bows out

The boss of Basildon Council is to step down after 13 years at the helm, we've just been told.

Bala Mahendran has been an "outstanding public servant to Basildon" in his longstanding role as chief executive, colleagues said, but he's decided to step down on 31st July.

The council's undergone some restructuring and a review of senior management posts is on the cards.

Bala Mahendran
Basildon Council

Mr Mahendran said he'd been "reflecting on my own career and future" for some time.

"I cannot overstate how proud I am to have held the post for so long, indeed as the longest serving chief executive Basildon has ever had."

During his time as chief executive he said the council had achieved a number of notable successes including working with schools to improve exam results, regenerating Pitsea town centre and investing £39m to develop the Sporting Village which is an "Olympic-standard facility [that] "has left a legacy of sporting success".

Basildon Council

From the archives: Holidaymakers on Norfolk Broads 1926

Ninety one years ago this month, holidaymakers playing music with homemade instruments on board a narrow boat on the Norfolk Broads were caught on camera.

July 1926: Holidaymakers playing music with home-made instruments on board a narrow boat on the Norfolk Broads.
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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.