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Former coach cleared of sexually abusing young footballer

Former football coach Eric Cooper has been cleared of sexually abusing a young player

A former football coach has been cleared of sexually abusing a young player.

Eric Cooper, 82, was found not guilty of two counts of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 14 following a six-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

Jurors took two and a half hours to reach their verdict.

Cooper from Soham, was a coach in Cambridgeshire. He had played for Soham United and was also involved with Ely Crusaders.

He was arrested in January as part of an investigation into abuse in football. The allegations had related to the late 1960s.


Mother warns of meningitis danger six years after daughter's death

A mother from Soham in Cambridgeshire is warning other parents about the dangers of meningitis - as she prepares to mark what would have been her daughter's 10th birthday.

Amelie Clipson-Smith was just three-and-a-half years old when she was suddenly taken ill. She died within 12 hours.

Claire McGlasson went to meet her mother, Sally Clipson.


Driver jailed for U-turn which killed father of three

Conor Gosling Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who killed a motorcyclist by attempting a U-turn on a busy road while returning from an all-night rave has been jailed.

Conor Gosling, 20, was driving home at about 11.25am on 4 August 2013 after attending a rave in Soham, when he attempted the manoeuvre across the A142 at its junction with Northfield Road.

He pulled out of the junction to head towards Ely, but immediately swung his Fiat Punto around in front of a motorbike being ridden by Anthony Pinney from Isleham Road, Fordham.

The 68-year-old father of three was killed in the collision.

Gosling, of Beauchamp Close, Eaton Socon, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for three years at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was also banned from driving for four years.

This case shows just how dangerous tiredness can be.

Gosling had not been to sleep that night and his fatigue was clearly a factor in not seeing the approaching motorcyclist.

It is a tragic case, but I hope others will take heed and never drive while tired.

– Sergeant Gareth Williams

Cambridgeshire: Second Soham cannabis factory discovered

A second cannabis factory has been found in Soham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A second cannabis factory has been found in Soham near Ely in as many weeks.

Police raided two properties in the town in the early hours of this morning.

They discovered around 300 cannabis plants in a building in Hass Road.

A 56-year-old man and 59-year-old woman have been arrested.

Last week officers found thousands of cannabis plants in an industrial unit on Regal Drive.

Charity benefits from cannabis find

Hundreds of bags of compost seized from a cannabis factory in Soham in Cambridgeshire have been donated to a charity.

Officers discovered almost 7,000 plants when they stumbled on the factory in Regal Drive on Thursday May 29th.

Officers had been on patrol when they noticed the smell of the drug.

They forced entry to the building and discovered the factory – one of the largest ever found in Cambridgeshire.

Several hundred bags of compost were also recovered from the site which have now been donated to Emmaus Cambridge.

The charity supports formerly homeless people by giving them a place to live and work.

The compost will be used to support projects such a fruit and vegetable garden they are creating.

"It would have been a shame to have had to throw it all away, so we contacted Emmaus to see if they could make use of it. We were delighted when they said yes and it is fitting that some good can come out of this."

– Cambridgeshire Constabulary Drugs Expert, Gavin Guy
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