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Newmarket Journal readers pledge support for hit and run victims

Joey Abbs in action for Newmarket Town
Joey Abbs in action for Newmarket Town

Messages of support for the two popular young sportsmen seriously injured in a hit and run incident just outside Newmarket on Friday are continuing to come in through the Journal’s Facebook page and website.

The story of the horrific injuries to former Newmarket Town footballer 27-year-old Shaun Whiter, who has had both his legs amputated below the knee and Joey Abbs, 30, who received serious crush injuries to his right leg, has touched the hearts of thousands.

Shaun Whiter with his fiancee Charlotte
Shaun Whiter with his fiancee Charlotte

“Sorry to hear this- sending you positivity and strength to get through this,” wrote one Facebook follower and another messaged: “

“This is horrific my heart goes it to these two young men and their families. Praying for them both.”

Mark Abbs, brother of Joey, visited both men in hospital yesterday and said both were being as positive as they could.

“Joey had an operation yesterday and they will be scanning his knee again today,” he said. “I also got the chance to talk to Shaun and he is being incredibly brave and upbeat.”

Police are continuing to hunt for the driver involved in the incident which happened in Dullingham Road at around 11pm on Friday. The car involved was a Ford Focus which failed to stop and drove off in the Newmarket direction after ploughing into Shaun and Joey who were trying to mend a puncture on Joey’s car.

Anyone with any information should contact Cambridgeshire Police on on 101 and speak to a member of the Road Policing Unit or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org