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Sayers disapproves of decision not to put blanket ban on Russian athletes

Newmarket javelin thrower Goldie Sayers criticises IOC for the decision not to put a blanket ban on the Russian athletes in the upcoming Rio Olympics Credit: PA

Newmarket athlete Goldie Sayers has described the IOC's decision not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes ahead of the Rio Olympics as 'a massive opportunity missed.'

The eleven times British champion in women's javelin gave her reaction on national television this morning, after it was left for individual sporting federations to choose whether to ban Russian competitors.

I know the sacrifice and dedication it takes to make an Olympic games. I would love every athlete to boycott the games and to make a stand, but you can't do that when you've dedicated your life to perfecting your craft.

– Goldie Sayers

Sayers could be awarded a retrospective Bronze medal from the Beijing games because of a failed drugs test by a Russian athlete.

Speaking on Twitter Sayers said the IOC had the chance to honour the dedication and sacrifice clean athletes make to compete at the Olympics.

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


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.

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.

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