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Simon Dobbin trial: Defendant claims he 'saw nothing'

The defence has begun in the trial of 13 men accused of attacking a Suffolk father after a football match that left him needing round-the-clock care.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, suffered a life-changing brain injury when he was assaulted in March 2015 outside The Railway Pub in Southend.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home in March 2016. His condition means he is unable to move or speak.

The prosecution said the only defendant who was giving evidence was maintaining he "saw nothing, heard nothing and did nothing."

Man arrested on suspicion of rape of teenager

The incident happened in Marks Tey earlier this month Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the rape of a teenage girl in Essex have arrested a 26-year-old man from Cambridge.

The attack took place inside a property off Godmans Lane in Marks Tey on the 12th June.

Further enquiries by police established there had been some prior contact between the victim and the man believed to be responsible for the assault.

The 17-year-old victim is now being supported by specialist officers.

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Cyclist injured following hit and run in Suffolk

Police are appealing for witnesses following a hit and run in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A cyclist has suffered minor injuries following a hit and run in Sudbury.

It happened at the A131 Melford Road, near the York Road junction, round midday on Thursday 22 June.

The vehicle involved in the collision failed to stop and is believed to be a white van or flatbed truck. Both vehicles were travelling out of Sudbury.

A woman in her 30s sustained grazes which required medical treatment.

Police are appealing for the driver of the white vehicle to come forward. Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have information about it is asked to contact officers.

Cambridge flats contain 'potentially combustible' cladding

At least 79 people died in the London Grenfell Tower fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two blocks of flats in Cambridge are the latest in the region to contain "potentially combustible" cladding.

The city council has confirmed Gilbert House and Huxley House contain a small amount of cladding to the exterior of the top floors and around bin stores.

This cladding was certified as fire safe when the buildings were completed in 2013.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service inspected the buildings on Saturday and found that the cladding does not pose a risk for residents, and that the buildings comply with fire safety standards in every other way. The fire service will work together on a plan of action following a consultation with residents.

Bedfordshire police clamp down on sexual exploitation

The hidden harms of sexual exploitation are being clamped down by police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire police have launched a week long campaign to crackdown on modern slavery.

Officers will be targeting those who traffic people into the sex trade.

The public are being asked to look out for warning signs and report suspicious or concerning behaviour to police.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cestaro, force lead for modern slavery, said: “Typically, victims of this type of exploitation are tricked into believing they are coming to the UK for good employment, before being forced to work from what have been termed ‘pop-up brothels’.

"Through a number of recent brothel closures, Bedfordshire Police has identified this is a phenomenon which exists in our area."

Two men in their 60s die in Suffolk house fire

The fire broke out at the house in Stanley Street, Lowestoft, Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men in their 60s have died following a house fire in Suffolk.

The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning (26 June) in Stanley Street in Lowestoft.

Five fire engines were called to the scene around 1.15am and two men, one aged 60 and the other 62 were rescued from the house. Both were taken to the James Paget hospital but died a short time later.

Formal identification will take place in due course.

A police and fire investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway and a cordon is currently in place at the scene.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen and is not thought to be suspicious.

  • Anyone who may have any information about the incident is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD number 24 of today, 26 June.

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