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DIY SOS start to transform home of paralysed football fan

Nick Knowles speaks to the workforce Credit: ITV News Anglia

DIY SOS have begun their work to renovate the house of Simon Dobbin who was brutally attacked by football hooligans in 2015.

Simon, from Mildenhall, was left with permanent brain damage and unable to walk or talk.

Earlier this year programme makers asked for volunteers to donate their skills and time towards the BBC project, it was so popular nearly 900 people had to be turned away.

Interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is in charge of the overall look of the house while Nick Knowles will present the programme.

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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."