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Robber who targeted 94-year-old woman is jailed

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A robber who broke into the home of a 94-year-old woman before robbing her has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.

Lewis Onwuchekwa
Essex Police

Lewis Onwuchekwa, 26, of Newton Road, Tilbury, had denied carrying out the robbery in Thames Haven Road, Corringham, on 12 July, 2017.

But a jury at Basildon Crown Court on Monday found him guilty both of robbing the elderly victim and of assaulting a police constable with intent to resist arrest and dangerous driving.

Det Insp Brain Palombella said after the case: “This was particularly harrowing incident that involved an attack on an elderly vulnerable victim and the calculated and callous actions of Onwuchekwa towards the victim, which will have undoubtedly left her and her family with lifelong mental and emotional scars."

Blues keeper Bialkowski adds to injury woes

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have just 18 first team players fit and available ahead of tomorrow's Championship clash with Leeds United.

Bartosz Bialkowski
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The latest casualty is goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski (pictured), who will miss out due to a calf strain, with Dean Gerken replacing him.

Cole Skuse, Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner are all likely to return to the starting 11, having been on the bench for last weekend's FA Cup tie against Sheffield United.

Town manager Mick McCarthy said the Blues needed to get back on track, having gone almost a month without a victory.

"We need a win and I'm confident we can win, but it's a tough ask on them tomorrow," he said.

"I've got 18 players available, and that includes Chris Smith and Adam McDonnell who I've had to bring back recently from loan spells."

McCarthy accepts that the club needs to bring in some new faces, and says that inquiries are ongoing.

"I've made loads of phone calls and asked loads of questions but at this moment in time I'm no further forward," he said.

"There'll be nothing done before tomorrow so why panic today? The team that will be playing tomorrow is a good team in my mind."

Police arrest man following Colchester drugs raid

Police have seized drugs and cash following a raid at a house in Colchester on Thursday.

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Man sprayed in face in Tesco shop

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A man was sprayed in the face and had a can of lager hurled at him after stepping in to protect a shop worker.

Tesco Express, Wickford

The 48-year-old man was in Tesco Express in Silva Island Way, Wickford, when he saw two men acting aggressively towards a member of staff on Sunday evening.

He was attacked when he went to help the worker.

He suffered stinging to his eyes and a cut to his eyebrow.

'Gulls need friends' says Suffolk birder

An ornithologist is fighting the corner for common gulls, saying they "need friends".

Two gulls

Steve Piotrowski, president of Landguard Bird Observatory, will host a talk called Gulls Need Friends for Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Woodbridge Community Hall on Thursday, explaining more about gulls.

He said: "The two main gulls that breed with us - the black-headed and herring - are a conservation concern.

"Because we see a lot of them, we take them for granted and we feel they're a threat but they are globally threatened and we should be looking after them."

Orwell Bridge should not have to close 'on very windy days'

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

The Transport Secretary has said "key trunk roads", including the Orwell Bridge, should not be forced to close due to wind.

Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling made the comment during a formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the latest phase of work to expand the Port of Felixstowe.

The Orwell Bridge was closed for 16 hours during Storm Eleanor last week.

Mr Grayling said: "You can never factor against any weather situation, but we should certainly be in a position where we don't lose key trunk roads on a very windy day."

Hutchison Ports, the owner of the Port of Felixstowe, said the expansion to create a new paved container yard is expected to be completed by early 2019.

The expansion work at the Port of Felixstowe

Bury St Edmunds doctor caught up in 'terrifying' US flight

East Anglian Daily Times

A Bury St Edmunds doctor was caught up in a ‘terrifying’ plane journey home from the USA today during which she said an aggressive passenger had to be sedated and restrained after attacking and threatening people on the flight.

Police find 'bonfire on moving trailer' in Thetford area

A motorist was pulled over by road police officers in Norfolk after they were found moving a burning bonfire on the back of a trailer in the Thetford area.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit tweeted that eight tonnes of an unspecified material was aboard the trailer.

Norfolk Fire Service was also called out.

Commenting on the incident, one person wrote: "Idiots".

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Harlow Council leader quits his role

Jon Clempner, the leader of Harlow Council, has announced his immediate resignation both as leader and as a member of Harlow Council.

Jon clempner

Brian Keane, the Labour-controlled council's managing director, said: "Mr Clempner has this morning informed me that he has resigned as both the leader of Harlow Council and a councillor with immediate effect.

"Having been informed of this decision a new leader of Harlow Council will be appointed at the next scheduled council meeting on 1 February.

"The deputy leader of the council, Emma Toal, will chair the next meeting of cabinet on 25 January."

Norwich school narrowly avoids closure as councillor describes its office home as ‘prison’

Eastern Daily Press

A primary school based in a former Norwich office has been told it can continue to use the site as its permanent home - but the narrowest of margins stopped the school from having to shut down.

Essex mobile library fleet to be cut to two

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

The number of mobile libraries serving Essex is to be cut from nine to two, under plans outlined by the local authority.

Essex County Council

Essex County Council also announced it was cutting the number of locations its reduced fleet will visit from about 400 to 200.

Susan Barker, the Conservative-controlled council's cabinet member responsible for libraries, said there had been a drop in use of the service.

'Too large and in the wrong place'

Eastern Daily Press

Campaigners fighting plans for 50 homes in their village told a government planning inspector that allowing them to be built would be a “slap in the face for local democracy”.

Ipswich Town: Hyam 'felt sick' for Bishop

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After recently returning from more than 18 months out himself, Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam (pictured) is backing team-mate Teddy Bishop in his battle to recover from injury.

Luke Hyam

Bishop, 21, lasted just 42 minutes when he made his first start of the season against QPR on Boxing Day, and is now out for the season with a hamstring problem.

"Me and Bish have got close over the last year or so," Hyam told me. "We've been in similar situations and know how the other one feels. When he had that set-back I literally felt sick for him.

"I've spoken to him and think he's in a good place. I know he'll work as hard as possible to get back and I know that he will."

Wins for play-off chasing Leiston and Bury

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston have moved back into the Bostik Premier Division play-off places thanks to a 1-0 win last night at Wingate and Finchley.

Ben Chenery

Matt Blake scored the only goal of the game at the Harry Abrahams Stadium, as the Blues moved up to fourth in the table.

Needham Market remain in the bottom four after a 3-1 loss at Margate.

Meanwhile, in the Bostik North, it was a good night for Bury Town, who beat play-off chasing rivals Potters Bar 2-1 at Ram Meadow.

Cemal Ramadan scored both goals for the home side to the delight of manager Ben Chenery (pictured).

It is now five games unbeaten for AFC Sudbury, who drew 2-2 at Brentwood, and there was also a 2-2 draw for Mildenhall Town at home to Maldon and Tiptree.

The Hall have extended their own unbeaten run to four matches.

'At war' Leiston striker returning to form

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Matt Blake (far left) was the match winner for Leiston last night as his goal sealed a 1-0 win at Wingate and Finchley, to move the Blues back into the Bostik Premier Division play-off places.

Matt Blake celebrates a goal with Leiston teammates
Leiston FC

Blake scored 42 goals in all competitions for Leiston during a highly impressive debut season, although recently his manager Glenn Driver acknowledged that 2017 was not the best of calendar years for the former Norwich United player.

The striker agreed as much when he spoke at full time last night, but told us he believed he was closing in on his best form again.

"I've found it really hard because I'm a targeted man every time I turn up to a game," said Blake.

"I am going to war every game and it has taken its toll on me.

"To go six games and not score has been difficult, something I'd never been through before.

"Hopefully I am out of that phase of not scoring. I'm working hard. It's a new year and a new me. I have three goals from the last three games, and I'm on a new level now."

Ted Phillips shot 'took me off my feet'

Callers to BBC Radio Suffolk have joined the throng of people paying tribute to Ipswich Town legend Ted Phillips, who has died aged 84.

Town fan Hilary Yates, 67, rang the James Hazell show to talk about the time when he was about 13 and Phillips joined in with a Sunday kickabout on the recreation ground off Waterloo Avenue in Leiston.

"It was about 1962 and he stuck me in goal and he let one rip just past the halfway line and it just flew," said Mr Yates.

"I should have got out the way, but I saved it.

"That took me off my feet and took me right into the bushes.

"He picked me up and said, 'you done well, mate. It was your call and you saved it'. He was a lovely old boy."

Ted Phillips, Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town FC

Secret of the Saxon cemetery found in Norfolk field

Eastern Daily Press

An Anglo-Saxon cemetery was discovered in a Norfolk field when cables for a wind farm were being buried - but the find has remained a secret ever since.

Moore completes Barnsley switch

Barnsley have confirmed the signing of Blues striker Kieffer Moore on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

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BreakingIpswich Town legend Ted Phillips dies

Ipswich Town's league championship-winning star Ted Phillips has died at the age of 84.

His goalscoring partnership with Ray Crawford was instrumental in helping Alf Ramsey's side lift the top-flight title for the only time in the club's history in 1961-62.

Suffolk MP big winner in government reshuffle

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The MP for West Suffolk, Matthew Hancock, is starting his new job today as culture secretary.

His promotion by the prime minister is one of the few highlights in what has so far been a fairly underwhelming reshuffle.

For Mr Hancock it's a major change in fortune for an MP who was facing a long period on the backbenches following the resignation of David Cameron.

As a key ally of the last prime minister and his chancellor, George Osborne, Mr Hancock was sacked from the cabinet when Theresa May took over in 2016.

I'm told that instead of accepting life as a humble MP again, he asked the prime minister to give him a junior ministerial job - any job - so that he could prove himself.

She made him digital services minister and he clearly has proved himself. His department has been renamed the department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The addition of "digital" is a sign, I'm told, that the government sees the rollout of superfast broadband to rural areas like Suffolk as a priority.

The reshuffle continues this morning with the allocation of junior ministerial jobs. Watch to see what happens to Suffolk MPs like Therese Coffey, James Cartlidge and Jo Churchill.

Swaffham man charged with grooming offences

A 35-year-old man from the Swaffham area has been charged in connection with sexual grooming offences.

It follows an incident in Swaffham on Sunday where a man was arrested at about 17:00 and taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The man has been charged with three counts of attempting to groom a girl under the age of 16 and one count of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a girl under the age of 16.

He has been remanded in police custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court today.

Tributes paid to ambulance-wait woman

Tributes have been paid to Marie Norris, who died after waiting nearly four hours for an ambulance..

Rachel Reid, pictured, who runs a line-dancing club attended by Mrs Norris, said: "She loved a bit of fun and was so full of life.

"I was sad to hear the news. She always danced at the front of the class and came in as recently as the week before Christmas.

"She was a happy soul and took part in the beginners class."

Another friend, Margaret Dorrington said: "She was an elegant and well-dressed lady for her age who kept her house and garden well. She was a lovely woman."

Rachel Reid

Ambulance-wait woman's friend wishes she could have helped

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A close friend and neighbour has expressed regret that she was unable to help an 81-year-old woman who suffered chest pains and died after waiting nearly four hours for an ambulance to arrive.

Jenny Spalding

Marie Norris, whose home in Clacton was less than a mile (1.5km) from the ambulance depot, called 999 at about 20:00 on 1 January but paramedics did not arrive until 23:46.

She was alone in the house but help was nearby.

Her friend and neighbour Jenny Spalding (pictured) said: "I don't know why she didn't call me, but it's too late now."

East of England Ambulance Service apologised and blamed the delay on the high level of demand.

Woolpit death 'not suspicious'

Suffolk police say they are not treating the discovery of a man's body in Woolpit as suspicious, despite appeals for information last week.

Officers were called out just after lunchtime on New Year's Day after the body was found at the side of Elmswell Road.

A post-mortem examination showed there was no foul play involved in his death.

Police have yet to formally identify the man, but they say he was a 91-year-old from the local area.

Sudbury RUFC start year with home win

About My Area

Sudbury started 2018 with a home win against Wanstead, a side which had taken the win earlier in the season.

Support offered to students affected by woman's disappearance

The University of East Anglia's Student Support Service will hold priority drop-in sessions for students affected by the disappearance of undergraduate Sophie Smith, according to the UEA student newspaper Concrete.

Sophie Smith

UEA student Sophie Smith has been missing since Boxing Day and is believed to have entered the sea at Gorleston.

She left note outlining her intention to take her own life, police have said.

Norfolk County Council allowances rise: What those who opposed it had to say

Pedestrian dies after crash

A pedestrian hit by with a car near Brentwood last week has died in hospital.

Accident sign

The 34-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in the crash on Rayleigh Road in Hutton on Thursday at about 19:10.

A 34-year-old man was arrested and has since been released under investigation.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage at around the time of the incident to come forward.

Sudbury RUFC start 2018 with a superb home win against Wanstead

About My Area

Sudbury started 2018 with a superb home win against Wanstead, a side who had taken the win earlier in the season.

'Jobs hope' over Aspall takeover

Brandon Lewis new Tory party chairman

Cyclist knocked unconscious in Ipswich

A cyclist has been treated for a serious head injury after being knocked off her bicycle in Ipswich on Sunday by a vehicle that failed to stop.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened at the Warren Heath/Felixstowe Road/Sainsbury's roundabout at about 11:00.

The cyclist is in her 40s. The vehicle is believed to have been a white van.

Norfolk primary school judged outstanding by Ofsted

Rare cancer patient urges others to insist on further opinion

A mother from Norwich who claims she waited three years to have her breast cancer diagnosed and treated is urging others to insist on further tests.

Geograph/Andy Parrett

Lisa Neal, 44, from Poringland first went to her GP in 2014 when she discovered a lump in her armpit near her breast, which doctors informed her was a cyst and couldn't be removed.

It was only when she pushed for further tests in 2017 it was discovered that Mrs Neal had a very rare form of cancer, with only 50 or so known cases, that had spread.

A spokesperson for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said: "This very rare cancer has the clinical appearance of a completely benign and extremely common condition; sebaceous cyst. Sebaceous cysts are not routinely removed."

The hospital said it had apologised to Mrs Neal for the distress and upset the delay in diagnosis had caused and would be reviewing procedures.

Swaffham man arrested over sexual grooming

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man from the Swaffham area has been arrested in connection with online sexual grooming.

The man, aged in his 30s, was arrested at 17:00 on Sunday following allegations made by members of the public.

The man remains in police custody and will be questioned by officers in due course.

Officers had initially attended an address in the town following reports of a disturbance. Subsequently, a group of five people provided police with information about grooming offences.

Molson Coors pledge on Aspall cider

The US drinks giant that has bought the Suffolk family cider firm Aspall in a deal thought to be worth £40m, says it is not about to make any big changes.

Aspall cider bottles

Paul Whitehead, managing director of Molson Coors in the UK, said: "The reason that the product's successful is that it's a tremendous cider. We would be foolish to change that.

"The only change we want to make is further investment into the brand and the manufacturing facility - hopefully creating new jobs in the area."