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Hundreds of tributes have been paid to a Newmarket charity fund-raiser who was found dead on Sunday at his Studlands Park home, two weeks after being seriously injured in a road crash.

Forty-nine-year-old father-of-two Simon Gear had left Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Saturday where he had been treated since April 17 following the crash on the A142 at Soham.

Simon’s brother, Martin, who is a well-known Newmarket DJ, said since the news of Simon’s death he had received more than 900 messages of support on his social media page.

In other news, a woman who was critically injured after a double stabbing in which a man died in Bury St Edmunds is in a stable condition.

The woman, in her 40s, has been in a critical condition since the incident at Harland Court apartments on Station Hill last Tuesday, which saw Karl Skoulding, 43, die shortly after police arrived to reports of a suspected stabbing at 3pm.

But today, police have confirmed the woman’s condition was now stable.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after the incident but has been released on bail until May 22 pending further inquiries.

A 17-year-old boy from Ipswich was also arrested on suspicion of murder but he has since been released from custody with no further action taken against him.

And finally, a sustainable food producer has unveiled plans for its first UK vertical farm installation in Newmarket.

OneFarm is planning a 6,400m2 vertical farm, capable of growing up to 415 tonnes of food per annum.

The development, at Newmarket Business Park, will cost just short of £7million and create 10 jobs growing a range of herbs and salads on-demand to avoid waste and unnecessary harvesting.