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Posh player forced to retire after knee injury

Jack Collison Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport

Peterborough United midfielder Jack Collison has been forced to retire at the age of 27 after failing to recover from a knee injury.

The former Welsh international has been battling the injury since his early 20s and has never fully recovered.

Collison made his name at West Ham United, and also had a spell at Ipswich Town.

He will now continue his work as an academy coach at Posh.

"So I’m signing off for now. With a tear in my eye, but a huge smile on my face, I sit here optimistic. I’m excited for the next chapter and if it’s anything like the last I know it’s going to be one hell of a journey."

– Jack Collison

Northampton Saints to honour Barwell family with opening of new stand

The Barwell Stand will be officially opened today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new North Stand at Northampton Saints' Franklin's Gardens will be officially opened today (February 13).

The 2,000-seater Barwell Stand has been used since early November but a ceremonial cutting of ribbon will take place this afternoon before Saints' Premiership clash with London Irish.

The day will be dedicated to the Barwell family who have played a key role in the running of the club in recent years.

A number of Saints legends will also be paraded in front of the crowd before kick-off.

"Although the Barwell Stand will honour the name for years to come, it is only fitting that supporters are given the opportunity to show their gratitude and thanks to Keith and the rest of the Barwell family for what they have done for Saints over the years which has culminated in us being where we are today - one of the best clubs in England.

One of Keith's core beliefs was that the club is bigger than any one individual, which is why we're inviting players who have put their names in the history books by having played hundreds of times in the first team to join us, and why we're working with local schools to tell youngsters about our past that we're so proud of.

It will be a great occasion, and we're looking forward to seeing another full house to help make this a memorable day for Keith and his family."

– Allan Robson, Northampton Saints Chief Executive

Northampton Saints v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, Saturday 13 February, 15:00

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Norwich man jailed for six years for sex attacks at care homes

Mihai Alistar. Credit: Norfolk Police

A man from Norwich has been jailed for six years after he was found guilty of carrying out a series of sexual assaults on women in Norfolk.

38-year-old Mihai Alistar committed most of the attacks at the care homes where he worked.

The offences took place between 2008 and 2014 and involved attacks on nine victims across the county. The victims were not residents.

Alistar had previously been found guilty of 18 sexual offences including one count of attempted rape during a 15-day trial in December of last year.

He was cleared of a further six sexual offences.

"I would like to commend the witnesses and victims in this case for the bravery they have shown in helping officers and the Crown Prosecution Service achieve justice for them all.

This has taken an enormous amount of courage on their part, and we hope such a conviction will give them a sense of closure, and that they can now move on positively with their lives.

The Constabulary takes such reports very seriously and has supported the victims throughout the 18 month investigation and will continue to do so.”

– Investigating officer Sergeant Andy Tomlinson

Ipswich Town striker Pitman: 'I'd definitely celebrate against Bristol City!'

Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman says that he would have no reservations about celebrating if he scores against his former club Bristol City tomorrow (February 13).

The 28-year-old enjoyed a three-year spell at Ashton Gate, but admits his loyalties are now firmly with Ipswich.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

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More police on the streets in Bedfordshire during twitterthon

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People in Bedfordshire might have noticed more police on the streets today.

It's part of an exercise to increase the visibility of officers in the county.

Thirty one arrests have been made so far during Operation Bigwing which combined co-ordinated action with a live twitterthon feed allowing followers to see the variety of incidents which officers were responding to.

Here's a report by Russell Hookey.

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