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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.

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