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Man sentenced to 3 years 4 months following Newmarket crash

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs Credit: Family photos

40-year-old Jan Adamec from Haverhill, has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

28-year-old Shaun Whiter was helping his friend, 30-year-old Joey Abbs, change a tyre on July 1 when a Ford Focus crashed into their cars. Shaun had to have both his legs amputated.

Adamec fled the scene of the collision and returned home to Shetland Road, Haverhill, leaving his two victims in a serious condition at the side of the road.

"Your reaction I can only describe as despicable. You did absolutely nothing to assist... You reversed and drove around the injured man... That was callous in the extreme."

– Judge Jonathan Hawarth

“Adamec showed a complete disregard for other road users and acted in a cowardly manner when he decided to leave Shaun and Joey by the roadside who were in need of urgent medical care.

“This sentence should serve as a deterrent to those persons who treat the roads like a playground. I would like to remind everyone that if you are involved in a collision where injury is caused, you must stop at the scene and report the collision to police.”

– PC James Thorne from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit


Government reject plans for 400 new homes at Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

There are calls for action to build new houses in Newmarket after a controversial plan for 400 homes was overturned by the Government.

Lord Derby had submitted plans to build 400 homes on HatchField Farm Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners had argued that development at Hatchfield Farm would have a negative impact on the racing industry.

Now the local council says it's time to sit down and plan for the town's future.

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.


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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