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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 11 July 2016
  2. Boarding school teacher guilty of sexually abusing pupils
  3. Man in court over amputation crash
  4. Councils need to change parking meters for new £1 coins
  5. Portugal fans celebrate Euros win in Ipswich
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Today has seen the closure of one of the longest child sex abuse investigations ever carried out by Suffolk Police.

Former teacher Gerard Singer, 69, was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of abusing former pupils at St George's School, which was based in Norfolk and then Suffolk between 1978 and 1981.

He'll be sentenced at a later date.

You can scroll down to get more on this, and the other stories making the news across the county.

School abuse victim: 'It's important people do come forward'

Gary, one of the victims of Gerard Singer, said since he was sexually abused he had found it hard to trust people.

"We can only learn from this. It's important people do come forward," he said. 

'Dangerous' drugs taken during robbery

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A yellow sports bag taken from a man who was robbed in Leiston yesterday evening, contained prescription medication that could be dangerous if taken by anyone it's not prescribed for, say police.

The 36-year-old was walking along an alleyway next to the playing field at the back of St Margaret's Crescent at around 18:40 when the robbery took place.

As well a quantity of cash, the bag contained more than 200 tablets used to treat a variety of disorders. 

School abuse victim on convictions: 'I feel believed'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

One of the victims of sex abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk has been speaking after his ex-teacher Gerard Singer was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

Gary, now 48, was a pupil at St George's School and said he was abused when he was 11 years old.

"The main thing is that I feel believed," he said.

"I can still picture the room and the smells in incredible detail."

Crash victims had 'significant' levels of alcohol in their blood, inquest hears

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Two young men who died when their car crashed and burst into flames in Frostenden last year, had "significant" levels of alcohol in their blood, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds has heard.    

Primrose Lane Frostenden
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A police investigation also concluded that their BMW had been travelling at well over the 60mph speed limit when it went out of control and struck several trees in Primrose Lane in the early hours of 12 November.

Driver Henry Hall, 26, of Clay Cottage Lane, Uggeshall, was twice over the legal drink-drive limit for alcohol in his blood.

The second man who died was support worker Rowan Draper, 25, of Victoria Road, Oulton Broad.

The inquest's verdict was that both men died as a result of being involved in a single vehicle accident in which the car caught fire.

Doctor who died in head-on collision 'probably fell asleep' inquest hears

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A doctor who died in a head-on collision probably fell asleep as he drove to his Ixworth home from a night shift at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, an inquest has heard.    

Dr Ronak Patel's VW Golf collided head-on with a lorry on the A1088 at Honington shortly before 09:00 on 3 August last year.

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard a police investigation ruled out mechanical defects and road conditions as possible causes.

Dr Patel, a trainee anaesthetist who'd finished the last of three night shifts, had been talking to his wife using a hands-free mobile phone shortly before the impact, and the couple had been singing to help him stay awake.

Overnight weather: Largely dry with a small risk of showers

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There'll be sunny spells and showers to end the day, some of these showers heavy and possibly thundery.

Tonight will be largely dry with a very small risk of showers and the winds easing to a light west to south-westerly. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 13C (55F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

There'll be sunshine and more showers on Tuesday and these could be slow-moving, torrential and thundery. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

Get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Ipswich Town: Mings return 'unlikely'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has scotched speculation that Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings could be set for a loan move back to the club.

Tyrone Mings
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Rumours circulated last week that the 23-year-old might be set for a temporary switch to Portman Road, to help him improve his fitness after ten months out of action with a serious knee injury.

"Taking one [a left-back] on loan when Jonas Knudsen really was excellent last year would be counter-productive. Also, Myles Kenlock was excellent in the last two games of the season. So it's unlikely that one."

Sudbury Cricket Club, Half way Report

About My Area

For the Sudbury players and supporters watching live Talbot action this weekend it will probably go down as one of the most memorable.   

Batsman walking from pitch
About My Area

Ipswich Town: A 'fresh start' for Cameron Stewart

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Forgotten winger Cameron Stewart could have a chance of finally making his league debut for Ipswich Town two years after joining the club.

Cameron Stewart
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The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Doncaster, has made just two appearances for Ipswich to date, both in the FA Cup.

McCarthy said: "He's come back fit, which to be honest is the first time. You can see he's got ability. It's a fresh start for him and if he makes the most of it it'll be great, I'll be delighted."

Greater Anglia warn of problems on the mainline between London and Suffolk

Speedway: Mildenhall still hoping to stage Cradley home tie

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers are working hard to re-arrange last month's home meeting against Cradley which the Suffolk club controversially postponed in a row over a guest rider.

Mildenhall Speedway
BBC

Club adviser James Easter has been speaking to BBC Suffolk ahead of tonight's meeting between the two teams in the West Midlands.

"We've had meetings with the Speedway Control Board, the BSPA, various promoters and officials and we're fairly close to a result. Let's hope that's not only of benefit to both clubs but, more importantly, speedway in general."

Speedway: Mildenhall hoping a change of attitude means a change of fortune

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers head to Cradley Heathens in the National League tonight, still looking for their first away win of the season.

Mildenhall Speedway
BBC

Adviser James Easter believes things are improving: "In the next month I think you'll find a totally different attitude in the club. The riders have got to start believing in themselves and they'll start getting results.

"We've got to make people fearful of us when we go places and not creep out of the dressing room waiting to be slaughtered. 

"We're going to get some pride back into this club and make sure we get some results." 

Fen Tigers announce new sponsorship deal

Newmarket Journal

The Mildenhall Fen Tigers have struck a sponsorship deal with Manchetts Ltd.

Why is the Royal Mint bringing out a new £1 coin?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We told you earlier that the introduction of a new £1 coin next year means Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils will need to change their pay and display parking machines so that they recognise the new coin.

But why is the coin being changed? The Royal Mint says:

  • The current £1 coin, first issued in 1983, is one of the oldest British coins in circulation
  • It's become increasingly vulnerable to counterfeiting - roughly one in 30 in circulation is now counterfeit

What do you think? Do you like the new coin? You can get in touch with us via email, or post a message on our Facebook page.

New £1 coin
Royal Mint
Reverse of £1 coin
Royal Mint

New £1 coin means councils will have to replace pay and display parking machines

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils are going to have to change their pay-and-display parking machines sooner than they'd originally planned - because a new £1 coin which comes into circulation next year isn't recognised by the current machines.

Pay and display machine
BBC

Both councils had planned to replace them over the next three years, to spread the cost estimated at £500,000, but the Royal Mint has forced them to speed up their plans.

Lowestoft headteacher supports idea of 'Seaside Tsar'

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

A call to create a "Seaside Tsar" to improve Britain's coastal towns has been backed by the headteacher of a Lowestoft primary school.

The call comes from the British Hospitality Association, which says: "Either we are content with the ‘steady as she goes’ approach or we jointly pilot a path for a more ambitious strategy."

Nadia Paczuska
Meadow Primary Academy

Nadia Paczuska, from Meadow Primary Academy, said: "Someone really needs to fly the flag and champion living in places like this. 

"The easiest way to get teachers here was to advertise how beautiful it is."

History of abuse at St George's School

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Gerard Singer is the third teacher from St George's School to have been found guilty of the sexual abuse of pupils:

  • Derek Slade (pictured left), jailed for 21 years in 2010
  • Alan Brigden (pictured right), jailed for five years in 2012
Derek Slade and Alan Bridgen, ex-St George's School staff
Suffolk Police

In 2011 another teacher, Alan Williams, killed himself after being arrested on suspicion of sex assaults at St George's, when it was at Great Finborough in the 1980s.    

Victims of Gerard Singer should feel 'proud' they have helped bring him to justice, say police

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say the trial of Gerard Singer brings to a close one of the longest child sex abuse investigations ever carried out by the Suffolk force.

Det Con Karen Crowther said: "I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us."

Suffolk Police HQ
BBC

She added: "Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

"I hope that now these matters have been dealt with it will help them to deal with the awful events that took place at St George’s School.  

"They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than three decades.”

How the Gerard Singer investigation began

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back now to our main story, the ex-teacher Gerard Singer who's been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils at the former St George's boarding school in Great Finborough.

In 1982 concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff at the school by reporter Roger Cook in a BBC Radio 4 programme. 

Suffolk Police began an investigation in 2009 when a number of ex-pupils of the school came forward and made allegations about abuse that had taken place during their time at the school.

Slade was arrested in 2010 and subsequently convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of a number of a sexual and physical assault offences relating to 12 boys. He was sentenced to 21 years' imprisonment, but died earlier this year.

Bury Town FC chief executive appeals for help to get new clubhouse finished

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The chief executive of Bury Town Football Club is hoping some of their supporters will lend a hand to help get their new clubhouse ready by 20 August, when they host Spalding United in the FA Cup.

Exterior of clubhouse
BBC
Interior of clubhouse
BBC

Michelle Banfield-Curran, who said the project has been delayed as they had to put in some steel reinforcements, explained: "We've got a pre-season game against Braintree tomorrow and then AFC Sudbury on Friday, so we will have people on site.

"I'm hoping they'll look at it and go 'Oh, they're not going to be finished' and volunteer some time to help us, because there's an awful lot of work still to be done."

Judge describes 'overwhelming' evidence against Gerard Singer

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

After the guilty verdicts were delivered by the jury at Ipswich Crown Court, the judge said: "This is overwhelming evidence.

"The defendant here had an entrenched pattern of sexual misconduct towards young boys between the ages of nine to 13 years-old. It had been in existence for 40 years."

Gerard Singer, who had been extradited from France to face trial, will be sentenced at a later date.

'No emotion' shown by Gerard Singer as jury gives 'guilty' verdicts on 27 charges

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

I've been at Ipswich Crown Court, where Gerard Singer stood in the dock wearing glasses, a light blue shirt and dark trousers. 

He had his hands clasped in front of him and looked intently at the court clerk as each count was read out to the jury foreman who replied "guilty" to every single one. That's 27 counts of sexual abuse against eight boys.

There was no emotion at all from Singer. 

Gerard Singer left UK after he had been confronted about abuse

Gerard Singer, who's been found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of 27 of the 28 offences he'd been charged with, left the UK in 1981 after he had been confronted about the abuse.

Singer, who had been employed as a language teacher at St George's School, was convicted in 1998 of offences of sexual aggression on children under the age of 15 in France, relating to offences committed between 1994 and 1997.

Sentencing has been adjourned to a later date.

Gerard Singer 'abused his position of trust'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Singer "abused his position of trust" while a teacher at St George's School, which was first based at Wicklewood in Norfolk, and then at Great Finborough in Suffolk.

Prosecutor David Wilson said the teacher took advantage of his position by "befriending pupils before then engaging in acts of a serious sexual nature".

He said gifts including a calculator and sweets were given to pupils to win their favour, and the abuse also happened on trips abroad. 

Guilty teacher 'tied pupil to a bed' before sexually assaulting him

Gerard Singer, 69, has been found guilty of 27 of the 28 offences he was standing trial for at Ipswich Crown Court. 

Great Finborough sign
BBC

The offences date from 1978 to 1981 and took place at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk before it moved to Great Finborough in Suffolk in 1980.

One former pupil told the court he was given wine, tied to a bed and woke to find he was in pain after being sexually assaulted.

Gerard Singer faced two-week trial over abuse charges

A former boarding school teacher has been convicted of sexually abusing former pupils at a school.

He faced 28 charges relating to his time at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk until it moved to Great Finborough in Suffolk.

Singer, who most recently lived in north east France, has been convicted after a two-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

BreakingEx-teacher guilty of boarding school pupil abuse

Former boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils at a former Suffolk boarding school. 

No East Anglian Premier League joy for quartet

Bury Free Press

It was a disappointing day in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier Cricket League on Saturday, with Sudbury, Burwell and Woolpit all losing.

Man remanded in custody over double-amputation crash

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

A 40-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in connection with a crash near Newmarket that led to a footballer losing his legs. 

Jan Adamec, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court wearing a grey sweatshirt, khaki trousers and trimmed beard. 

His case has been adjourned until 8 August at Cambridge Crown Court. 

Newmarket Town player Shaun Whiter, 27, had the amputations following the crash on Dullingham Road on 1 July. 

His friend - Soham Town Rangers player Joey Abbs - was also seriously hurt. 

McCarthy: Brown's Chelsea exit frustrating but nothing we can do

TWTD.co.uk

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits it’s frustrating to lose young players, such as 16-year-old striker Charlie Brown, who TWTD revealed over the weekend has joined Chelsea, but says there’s nothing that can be done if the big clubs show an interest.

Ipswich Town: McGoldrick's injury nothing to worry about

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has played down striker David McGoldrick's latest injury problem.

David McGoldrick
Getty Images

The 28-year-old, who was dogged by various issues last season, sat out Saturday's 2-1 victory in a pre-season friendly at League of Ireland side Shelbourne.

"He's just got a bit of a sore hip-flexor and we're just having to manage it," McCarthy told BBC Suffolk Sport. "It's nothing to be concerned about, he'll be fine."

Newmarket Town players 'chewing at the bit' to try out new artificial pitch

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Improvements to the stadium at Newmarket Town Football Club, which have cost £750,000, will be officially re-opened this afternoon.

Newmarket Town FC
BBC

It's thought to be the first club in the country to replace its grass with a cork-filled 3G artificial pitch, which is illuminated by the very latest energy-saving flat glass LED floodlights. 

Chairman John Olive said the players were "chewing at the bit" to try it out.

"We've had one training session on it just to give them a taste, and today is our official opening," he said.

Change of court venue for man charged over footballer leg amputation case

Cambridgeshire Police have told us that Jan Adamec, 40, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, will now appear at Peterborough Magistrates Court, not Cambridge Magistrates Court as previously stated.

Mr Adamec has been charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following the crash in Newmarket on 1 July, which led to Newmarket Town footballer Shaun Whiter having his legs amputated.

Jury at Gerard Singer trial told to bring in unanimous verdict

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where the jury has been instructed to come back with a "unanimous verdict" in the trial of Gerard Singer who denies 28 charges of abusing nine former pupils at St George's School, between 1978 and 1981.

The school was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk, and then Great Finborough in Suffolk. 

After a two-week trial, the jury was sent out to begin considering its verdict on Friday morning and is resuming its discussions this morning.

Ipswich developer to keep the Winerack name coined by the Star

Ipswich Star

This is the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Jury to resume deliberations in Gerard Singer case

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court is due to resume its deliberations this morning in the case of Gerard Singer, who denies abusing nine former pupils at a private boarding school.

The offences were alleged to have taken place between 1978 and 1981 at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk and then Great Finborough in Suffolk.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

Ipswich Town: McCarthy pleased to start with a win

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a 2-1 victory over Irish side Shelbourne on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Strikers Brett Pitman and Freddie Sears were on target for Mick McCarthy's men, with a late spot-kick from Dylan Grimes halving the deficit. 

"The pitch wasn't conducive to the ball being moved quickly" said McCarthy. "They were two good goals. I don't know about the penalty, but it made for a closer game anyway."

Police deal with A14 collision