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Suffolk coffee group meet to pick up rubbish worth eight tonnes

Video report by ITV Anglia's Liz Summers.

A Suffolk coffee group have managed to pick up eight tonnes of litter after swapping gossip for gloves to help clean up their community.

Self proclaimed 'rubbish friends' Fiona, Etta and Julia from Newmarket used to meet up once a week for a catch up and some cake.

But a few years ago they had the idea of using that time to do something more productive - now the group has grown and they're out every Friday keeping the countryside clean.

"We were always talking about the litter in the countryside, which we just felt was getting worse and worse and one day we just said 'why don't we just go out and pick it up instead of sitting around moaning about it,' so that's what we did."

– Fiona Unwin, Founder, Rubbish Friends

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Footballer injured in Newmarket crash attends charity game

Joey Abbs watches from the stands at tonight's game. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Football fans have been staging a collection this evening in a bid to raise cash for two men injured in a road collision in Suffolk.

Shaun Whiter, who's 27, lost both his legs after he stopped to help his friend Joey Abbs who'd broken down on Dullingham Road in Newmarket earlier this month.

Joey, who plays for Soham, sustained serious injuries to his right leg.

Newmarket Town are playing Cambridge United to help raise money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Newmarket Town are playing League Two side Cambridge United in a friendly tonight to show support to the pair.

A raffle will also be held with proceeds going to help the two men.

Man due in court after Newmarket collision which left two footballers seriously injured

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs. Credit: Family photos

A man's due in court later after a collision in Newmarket which left two footballers seriously injured.

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs were hurt while they changed a tyre on Dullingham Road just over a week ago. Mr Whiter had both his legs amputated.

40-year-old Jan Adamec from Haverhill is charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He's due to appear at Cambridge Magistrates' Court.

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Fresh appeal to trace driver involved in Newmarket hit-and-run crash

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are re-appealing to help trace a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Newmarket where two footballers were seriously injured.

Shaun Whiter, who's 27, lost both his legs after he stopped to help his friend Joey Abbs who'd broken down on Dullingham Road in Newmarket on Friday (July 1).

Joey, who plays for Soham, sustained serious injuries to his right leg.

Detectives now believe the car involved was a silver Ford Focus with a 2006 number plate.

We would like to appeal for witnesses to this tragic and heinous incident which has left a man with both legs amputated below the knee.

Anyone who is aware of any damaged vehicles matching the description of the Ford Focus involved or any other information, no matter how insignificant, is asked to get in touch.

– PC Ash Bennett, Cambridgeshire police

Glitz and glamour in Newmarket at this years very special Ladies Day

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Today is one of the highlights of the calendar for racegoers at Newmarket as thousands attend the Annual Ladies day meeting.

Thousands arrived through the gates at Newmarket Racecourse Credit: ITV News Anglia

As well as the usual glitz and glamour of high fashion this year was also special for a different reason.

A statue of King Charles II was unveiled- the race he inaugurated back in 1665.

Fundraising football match for two men seriously injured in Newmarket hit-and-run

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs

Former Ipswich Town players will play in a benefit match against Newmarket Town at the end of the month, in support of two footballers who were seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Shaun Whiter, who's 27, lost both his legs after he stopped to help his friend Joey Abbs who'd broken down on Dullingham Road in Newmarket on Friday night.

Joey, who plays for Soham, sustained serious injuries to his right leg.

An appeal to raise £120,000 has been launched to help Shaun walk down the aisle with fiance Charlotte next summer, with local clubs showing their support for both players.

The match will take place at the Cricket Field Road ground on July 31.

The game has only been arranged in the last 24 hours so Simon Milton and I will be on the phone to get a team together and hopefully we will get a good turnout at Newmarket to raise as much as we can for Shaun and Joey.

– Steve McGavin, Ipswich Town

League Two club Cambridge United have also announced they will stage their own game to raise money for the pair.

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