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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

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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.

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