Defender Junior Brown has joined Scunthorpe United on a free transfer until the end of the season.

Brown made 24 appearances during his time on loan with Scunthorpe from Coventry City last season.

The 31-year-old is best known as a left-back, but is versatile and can also play left-wing back or as a left-winger.

Brown, who has been given the number 12 shirt at the Sands Venue Stadium, has made a total of 372 appearances and scored 35 goals during his professional career that now spans 12 years.

Brown, who made over 100 appearances for both Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town, began his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra and also had spells at FC Halifax Town, Northwich Victoria, Tranmere Rovers, Oxford United and Mansfield Town.

Scunthorpe winger Ryan Colclough has left the club by mutual consent just over a month before he is due in court for assaulting an emergency worker.

The 25-year-old from Doncaster, who joined the Iron from Wigan in August 2018, will appear before Doncaster Magistrates Court on November 24 charged with assaulting a police officer.

South Yorkshire Police said on September 28 that Colclough was charged with the assault, as well as for criminal damage, after an incident at a Taco Bell drive-through on Wednesday, June 24.

Officers attended the drive-through at the Herten Triangle retail park at 10.50pm that night following reports of a man acting drunk and disorderly in a public place.

During an arrest attempt, an officer was assaulted and sustained injuries to his face and damage to his glasses.

A statement from the football club read: “Scunthorpe United can confirm Ryan Colclough has left the club by mutual consent. The club will not make any further comment.”

A hedgehog attacked by a group of boys in Scunthorpe suffered injuries so serious it had to be put to sleep.

Humberside Police said the animal was attacked in the Grange Lane South area of the town and they are now looking into the circumstances of the incident.

According to Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital based in Appleby near Scunthorpe, it happened during the afternoon of Monday, October 12 and the hedgehog suffered damage to its head and internal injuries, as well as losing an eye.

A statement from the force said: “Specialist wildlife crime officers are investigating reports that a group of boys in Scunthorpe attacked a hedgehog, causing injuries so horrific it had to be put to sleep.

“It’s understood that the animal was attacked in the Grange Lane South area of the town and while we have not been contacted by anyone who directly witnessed the incident, we have been made aware of posts on social media and are looking into the circumstances.

“We appreciate that people will be distressed and angry about what has reportedly happened but ask that they do not publically speculate on who may involved.”

Anyone with information to assist in establishing the circumstances and who is responsible should contact police on 101 quoting log number 67 of October 13.

Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital was furious about the alleged incident.

Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital vented its anger at the situation on social media, saying: “If anyone who lives in the vicinity of Grange Lane South and saw some young people kicking a hedgehog around please contact us.

“Hedgehogs are not footballs, netballs, objects to be poked with sticks, kicked, set fire to or throw around and as such these actions causing unnecessary suffering to an animal are subject to prosecution.

“Its face was smashed in, its jaw broken, both eyes out, bones sticking out and massive internal bleeding and it was in terrible pain.”

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