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Wife of injured Cambridge Utd fan describes his life since injury

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Police have confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will appear in court in connection with an assault that left a football fan from Mildenhall with life changing injuries.

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin travelled to Southend to see his team play in March 2015.

He was one of a small group of supporters who were attacked after the match as they walked to catch a train home.

The incident happened outside The Railway Pub in Southend, and left Simon with severe brain injuries.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home to Mildenhall in March. His condition means he is unable to move or speak, and requires round the clock care.

As well as having the help of carers, Simon's wife Nicole and daughter Emily have the support of close family, most of whom live nearby.

Although Simon can't communicate verbally, Nicole believes he understands what has happened to him and is constantly frustrated by his condition.

Police today confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will face charges in connection with the incident last year.

One man has been charged with affray and a further 11 have been summoned to face the same charge at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2nd September.

A thirteenth man faces charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.


13 men face charges in connection with injured Cambridge United fan

Thirteen men are to face charges in connection with a serious disturbance that left Cambridge United football supporter Simon Dobbin with life changing injuries Credit: Nicole Dobbin

Thirteen men are to face charges in connection with a serious disturbance that left a Cambridge United football supporter with life changing injuries.

44-year-old Simon Dobbin was among a small group of supporters who were assaulted in East Street, Southend on March 21 last year.

Mr Dobbin, from Mildenhall in Suffolk, is still undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a serious head injury and requiring round-the-clock care.

Eleven men have been summonsed to court to face charges of affray.

20-year-old Ryan Carter, from York Road, Southend has been charged with affray.

40-year-old Ian Young, 40 from 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 13 are due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on September 2.

"This has been a thorough and complex investigation and I would like to thank Mr Dobbin’s family for their continued support.

"Thirteen people now face charges but we are continuing our enquiries and ask anyone who believes they have information relating to the incident to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Cambridge United land Portsmouth striker McGurk

Adam McGurk has joined Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Portsmouth striker Adam McGurk on a two-year deal.

The 27-year-old only moved to Pompey last summer from Burton Albion but was placed on the transfer list.

Reflecting on last season, we felt that we required more fire power if we are to continue improving and I’m absolutely delighted we have been able to bring in Joe Pigott and now Adam McGurk.

He is a dynamic player in the way that he works his way towards the goal and from looking at his goal scoring attributes, he’s obviously had a lot of success from the middle of the park.

Adam has a flexibility to play in numerous positions, but we have brought him in as a centre forward.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Cambridge United seal loan deal for Brighton defender Dallison

Shaun Derry is pleased to have signed Dallison. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed young Brighton and Hove Albion centre back Tom Dallison on loan until January.

The 20-year-old has been out on loan at Braintree Town and Crawley Town in recent seasons and started his youth career at West Ham United.

Tom brings to us a genuine left-footed option at centre back, something that we were looking to add to our squad.

With several clubs vying for his signature, we're pleased that both he and Brighton think that Cambridge United is the perfect place for him to develop during the next six months.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager


Former Charlton striker Pigott joins Cambridge United

Joe Pigott has agreed to join Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have completed the signing of striker Joe Pigott following his release by League One side Charlton Athletic.

The 22-year-old failed to make the grade at The Valley, but has impressed during various loan spells - including at Southend United and Luton Town.

Pigott has agreed a one-year deal at The Abbey Stadium.

Joe brings to us an added goal threat going into the new Sky Bet League Two season.

After a number of loans spent with both League One and League Two clubs, he has a real understanding of what this level is all about.

Once again he fits the profile of this Football Club, he has loads of potential and we’re very much looking forward to working him.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Cambridge United bring in left-back Adams

Blair Adams was recently released by Notts County. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed former Northampton Town loanee Blair Adams on a one-year deal.

The 24-year-old started his career at Sunderland and was most recently at Notts County where he played under current U's manager Shaun Derry.

Left-back Adams spent time on loan at Northampton back in 2012 and has also played for Coventry City.

Every season I have built my portfolio and my experience. I had a good spell on loan at Mansfield and I want to take that into this season.

It’s a new club and a new start, but obviously I’ve worked for the Manager before so we know how each other operates.

I played my best football to date under Shaun at Notts County, so I can’t wait to see what the season brings.

– Blair Adams, Cambridge United

Meanwhile, Cambridge midfielder Jeff Hughes has joined Tranmere Rovers on a permanent basis.

Luton Town to host Aston Villa in first round of EFL Cup

Luton Town will welcome Aston Villa to Kenilworth Road. Credit: PA

Luton Town have been handed a home tie against recently relegated Aston Villa in the first round of the League Cup.

Villa will visit Kenilworth Road on the week commencing August 8.

There's also a plum tie for Cambridge United who will host last season's Championship play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town take on Stevenage at Portman Road for the second year running, while Northampton Town travel to Barnsley.

Colchester United are on the road at Brighton and Hove Albion, but Southend United and Peterborough United have home ties against Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

MK Dons travel to Newport County.

Norwich City will enter the competition at the next stage.

  • Barnsley v Northampton Town
  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Colchester United
  • Cambridge United v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Ipswich Town v Stevenage
  • Luton Town v Aston Villa
  • Newport County v MK Dons
  • Peterborough United v AFC Wimbledon
  • Southend United v Gillingham

Cambridge United complete double signing of Maris and Gregory

George Maris and David Gregory will be playing at the Abbey Stadium next season. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have completed the double signing of Barnsley midfielder George Maris and Crystal Palace goalkeeper David Gregory.

Both players have signed one-year contracts at the Abbey Stadium.

20-year-old Maris has recently spent time on loan at Conference side Lincoln City, while 21-year-old Gregory had a brief spell at Leyton Orient last season.

I’m aiming to get as many games as I can for this football club and help them to progress further up the league.

It is a big club for this level and is ambitious to push on not just this season but for a good few years.

– George Maris, Cambridge United
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