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Speedway team raise money for Newmarket crash victims

One of the footballers seriously injured in a hit and run in Newmarket last month has been given donations by a nearby speedway team.

Joey Abbs suffered serious leg injuries when he was hit by a car in July .

His friend, Shaun Whiter, lost both legs.

The Mildenhall Fen Tigers and their supporters raised more than £700 to help the pair recover.

A 40 year old man from Haverhill will appear in court this week charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Footballer deemed 'too short' chases new jockey dream

Jamie Parkes Credit: ITV News Anglia

A promising young footballer released by a club because he was too small, is now carving out a new career in Newmarket as a jockey.

At the age of 15, Jamie Parkes was 4'11", and had never ridden in his life.

But thanks to a suggestion by his football coach, he's on course to obtain his jockey's licence after working with Suffolk trainer Martyn Meade.

When people ask me who do you work for and I say Martyn Meade- they're like really? a young boy, but I'm really lucky and privileged to be working for someone such as the governor you know"

– Jamie Parkes

Ipswich All Stars to help raise cash for football duo

Butcher in his playing days Credit: PA Images

Ipswich legends Terry Butcher and Kieron Dyer will be putting on their boots once more to take on Newmarket Town in a special pre-season friendly.

The pair will be part of an Ipswich All Stars team to take on Newmarket Town on Sunday in a special charity match for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs.

Shaun Whiter had to have both legs amputated, while Joey Abbs was also hurt following the collision on Dullingham Road near Newmarket.

The two men had stopped to try and change a tyre when another car crashed into them and drove off.

A man has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is now awaiting trial.

Shaun and Joey Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Ipswich game takes placxe on Sunday, with Gates opening at 12 and the first match kicking off at 1pm.

Check the Newmarket Town website for details.

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.

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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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