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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

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    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.

    See you soon!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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    Video caption: 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."

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    Video caption: Simon Dobbin: Heated arguments heard outside court after verdicts

    Heated arguments were heard outside a court after 13 men were convicted over an attack on a football fan.

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  6. 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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    Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

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    A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, at J24 A1198 affecting J22 B1514 Thrapston Road.

    A14 Cambridgeshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on A14 eastbound in Godmanchester at J24, A1198 (Godmanchester), because of an accident involving a coach and a lorry. Congestion to J22, B1514 (Brampton).

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  8. 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.

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    Video caption: 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.

  10. 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.

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    "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.

  11. 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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    "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."

  12. 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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  13. 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
    Image caption: 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
    Image caption: 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.

  14. 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.

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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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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
    Image caption: 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."

  17. 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

    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.