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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.

Missing man only recently left hospital

Martin Hardman has been missing since June 26. Credit: Suffolk Police.

Police say a man who went missing in West Suffolk a week ago had only recently been treated in hospital.

Martin Hardman, who is 66, was last seen in Worlington Road in Mildenhall last Sunday.

Police believe he may have gone to King's Lynn or North Norfolk.

Mr Hardman is about 5ft 8in tall with short grey hair and wears black-framed glasses.


Fighter jets from the East involved in fresh strikes against Islamic State

Fighter jets from the East of England have been involved in fresh airstrikes against Islamic State militants, in wake of the Paris terror attacks.

The Ministry of Defence said Tornado fighters from RAF Marham yesterday dropped a bomb killing a group of more than 30 militants who had opened fire on Kurds in northern Iraq.

The RAF jets also destroyed mortar positions and a hit a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire missile.

Fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall have also been involved in strikes in Syria since the Paris attacks.

Fighter jets from the East have been involved in fresh strikes against Islamic State militants. Credit: ITV Anglia

"The first flight used a Paveway bomb to destroy a mortar position which had opened fire on the Kurds. The following mission destroyed a heavy machine gun near Mosul with a Paveway IV, then proceeded west towards Sinjar.

"There was heavy cloud, which may have encouraged the terrorists to assume that they were safe from air attack, but, working very closely with the Kurdish forces, the GR4s were able to guide a Paveway on to a large group of over 30 Daesh terrorists who were massing for a counter-attack; the Kurdish unit subsequently reported that the air strike had been highly effective.

"The Tornado patrol then destroyed another Isil mortar position south-west of Sinjar."

– Ministry of Defence statement

Suffolk road closed due to flooding

A street in Mildenhall in Suffolk is closed because of flooding.

Police were called at 8.45am today (Monday) to a report that flood water was lifting a manhole cover in Mildenhall town Centre.

The water level on Mill Street has risen and a vehicle has become stranded. Suffolk Police are warning motorists not to drive through flood water.


£6,000 total for fundraising football match after fan attacked after game

42-year-old Simon Dobbin is in a critical but stable condition in hospital Credit: Family of Simon Dobbin

A fund raising football match which took place to help the family of a Mildenhall man who was attacked after the Cambridge United away game at Southend on 21st March, has raised more than £6,000.

42-year old Simon Dobbin is still in hospital in a 'critical but stable' condition with serious head injuries.

The money raised from the game at Mildenhall Town Football Club will be used to help Simon's family and pay for any care he needs.

Hundreds of people turned out on Sunday to watch the Mildenhall Casuals play Beck Row.

The final score was Mildenhall 2 - 6 Beck Row.

A social media campaign had before kick off raised £9,000.

"We have exceeded all expectations with this total and I am personally lost for words at the generosity of our community."

– Daniel Herrera, Match oganiser

I would like to thank everyone for their kind donations, for all the lovely get well wishes and suppport for Simon. My family and I are overwhelmed with your support."

– Nicole, Simon's wife

Hundreds at match to support fan who was attacked

A football match has been held to raise money for the family of a Cambridge United fan who was attacked in Essex as he left the match against Southend a week ago.

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Click below to watch Emily Knight's report.

People asked to avoid an area of RAF Mildenhall after 'suspicious package' found

RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Credit: PA

People have been asked to avoid an area of RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk after a "suspicious package" was found at a post office on the base.

Officials at the base activated special control measures after finding the package earlier this morning.

All personnel and families have been told to keep away from the Exchange, post office, bowling alley and Heritage Park area of the base.

The situation is being handled by the RAF Mildenhall Fire Department.

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