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Summary

  1. Long hours 'contributed to doctor's death'
  2. Man, 73, bailed after Rattlesden death
  3. New Ipswich signing Adam Webster eyes Cambridge debut
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 13 July 2016

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By Kate Williams

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Queuing traffic on A14 eastbound across Orwell Bridge

The A14 is closed eastbound over the Orwell Bridge because of a serious collision:

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Severe accident: A14 Suffolk eastbound

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A14 Suffolk eastbound severe accident, between J55 A1214 and J57 A1189 Nacton Road.

A14 Suffolk - A14 Orwell Bridge closed and queuing traffic eastbound between J55, A1214 (Copdock Interchange) and A1189, J57 Nacton Interchange, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Diversion in operation - exit the A14 at J55 follow the A1214 through Ipswich to Woodbridge roundabout. Take the second exit and take the A1189 to Felixstowe Road, join the A1156 and continue to re-join the A14 at J58.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Knudsen's derby day heroics recognised in Denmark

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After scoring in his first two East Anglian derbies, Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen (right) says he is more widely recognised now both in Suffolk and overseas.

Jonas Knudsen (right) celebrates with Kevin Bru (left)
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The Danish international is looking forward to Sunday's clash with Norwich City at Portman Road, and has been telling us that he now has a much greater knowledge about what this particular fixture means to both sets of supporters.

"I didn't realise when I first came over here how big it was," he said.

"But there are a lot of fans around the world interested in this game and I've seen that now for myself.

"There was one time when I was back home in Denmark and someone came up to me and said 'Two goals against Norwich! Are you gonna do it next year?'

"I get lots of funny moments like that.

"My first derby last year was a fantastic feeling and I loved it.

"It's going to be a big game again and I think with a match like this everybody gives that bit extra and is more fired up."

New roundabout for accident blackspot

A busy staggered crossroads on the A140 to the south of Norwich is to be replaced with a roundabout.

The Department of Transport has given £3.05m of funding to Norfolk County Council for the roundabout at Hempnall.

There have been eight accidents at the junction in the last five years, with 11 casualties. These were linked to traffic turning on to the road from minor roads.

Aerial view of the junction, looking north
Norfolk County Council

Councillor Alison Thomas says she's been campaigning for improvements for the 22 years she's lived in the area.

"We need a roundabout at Hempnall, because there is a dangerous, risky junction," she said.

"This work will improve safety along the A140, its feeder roads and the entire Norwich to Ipswich corridor."

The total cost of the construction is estimated to be £4.36m, with the remainder of the money to come from developer funding.

Work is planned to begin in autumn 2019, subject to planning permission, with an opening expected in early summer 2020.

Fraudsters scam Felixstowe pensioner

A man in his 70s has lost £2,500 to fraudsters in a scam.

The victim, from Felixstowe, received an email saying there was a problem with his PayPal account.

He followed instructions to fix it, but later cancelled his bank card after becoming suspicious.

The following day he received a call from someone claiming to be from the bank, who then got him to complete the transfer.

Norwich striker 'hasn't read the history books' according to Ipswich captain

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has responded to Norwich forward Nelson Oliveira's claim that he'll be playing for the "better club" in Sunday's East Anglian derby.

Nelson Oliveira
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The Portuguese (pictured) made the comments to the Eastern Daily Press earlier this week.

"Obviously he's new to playing over here and hasn't read the history books," Chambers told me.

"In the short term they've been in the Premier League, but you only have to look above the badge on our shirt to see where we're at [three stars representing the Blues' league title, FA Cup and UEFA Cup wins].

"Someone like him is not going to have any effect on what we're thinking towards the game.

"I've played against him a few times and he's got a lot to say for himself, so we'll see where we're at come 2 o'clock on Sunday."

Kick-off is at 12:00, with full match commentary on BBC Radio Suffolk (FM and DAB only - the BBC does not have rights to stream commentary on the internet).

A14: Overnight resurfacing to repair accident damage

One westbound lane of the A14 remains closed between junction 47 (A1088 Woolpit) and junction 46 (Thurston Road) due to emergency repairs and accident investigation work following a vehicle fire shortly after 08:00.

It's likely to remain closed for most of the day, with resurfacing work being carried out overnight.

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Huge increase in ambulances stuck at A&E

East Anglian Daily Times

Moving on to the East Anglian Daily Times, and this is their front page:

Front page of East Anglian Daily Times
East Anglian Daily Times

Shotgun 'bought at car boot sale'

Ipswich Star

Time to check out some of our local papers, starting with the front page of the Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Driver sustains serious head injuries in single vehicle collision

A pensioner is in hospital with serious internal head injuries following a car crash in Mendlesham Green.

The man, who's in his 70s, was driving a black Renault Megane convertible northbound on a rural road between Saxham Street and Gipping when it left the road on a bend, and landed in a ditch opposite.

The incident happened at around 12:45.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police.

Ipswich family's 'huge disappointment' after optometrist court ruling

The family of a eight-year-old boy who died say they are "hugely disappointed, confused and further disillusioned" following the final court ruling in the Honey Rose optometrist case.

Ms Rose, 36, of Newham in east London, was initially convicted of gross negligence manslaughter for failing to diagnose a condition in Vincent Barker's eyes which indicated fluid on his brain.

She was working at Boot's in Ipswich in 2012.

Ms Rose was given a suspended sentence, but the verdict was quashed at the Court of Appeal in July this year.

The Crown Prosecution Service then applied for the case to be taken to the Supreme Court,

As we reported earlier this week, a Court of Appeal judge refused to do this.

Honey Rose
BBC

The family of Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, have now released a statement via Suffolk Police in which they say they've "lost all faith in a justice system" which they believed could fairly distinguish guilt and innocence.

The decision of the courts, said Jo and Ian Barker, "further blurs the criminal benchmark for professional cases of neglect, medical or otherwise, that result in death".

They said: "Heartbreakingly for us that means our little boy's case now allows individuals to be less accountable and eradicates the gravity of the message to healthcare practitioners and other professionals, that clear breaches of their duty of care, that contribute to death, could result in a conviction of gross negligence manslaughter."

The statement continues by saying the have no option but to accept the final ruling of the courts.

The legal outcome could never heal our pain or the void in our lives, or undo the senseless and preventable loss of a beautiful young boy who had his whole life ahead of him."

The family of Vincent Barker

Patient safety 'not compromised' by high demand

More now on our story of the two Norfolk hospitals which had to bring in extra beds because of high demand.

A BBC investigation has shown that the Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn and the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston had 100% of their beds occupied in the past three months.

Graham Wilde, chief executive of the JPUH, says patient safety hasn't been compromised.

Graham Wilde seated at desk, with computer
BBC

I think we have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other support staff who work hard to ensure that patient safety is our paramount concern. I can reassure people that, on the whole, we'd rather breach targets than jeopardise patient safety."

Graham WildeJames Paget University Hospital

Flying Scotsman repairs continue

The Flying Scotsman remains in Peterborough this morning so repair works can continue.

The locomotive developed a fault yesterday during a "Cathedrals Express" trip between Ely and Norwich.

Flying Scotsman
PA

The company behind the tour, Steam Dreams Rail, say it was due to a fault in the "hot axle box".

"It's not currently clear if the fault will be fixed in time for the trips on Saturday," they added.

Flying Scotsman being repaired
PA

The train is due to travel from Norwich to Ipswich and back on Saturday morning, then from Norwich to London King's Cross in the afternoon.

Whatever happens the trips will take place, but with "an alternative steam locomotive" if the Flying Scotsman can't be fixed in time, they company explained.

A14: Orwell Bridge reopens westbound

We've just had a tweet from Suffolk Police telling us that the A14 Orwell Bridge has reopened, westbound, following an earlier crash:

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Terry Butcher releases tribute to his son

The former Ipswich Town footballer Terry Butcher has released a statement following the death of his son earlier this week.

Christopher Butcher, 35, a former Army captain who had served in Afghanistan, died on Monday morning.

A composite photo of Terry Butcher, and Christopher Butcher in Army fatigues
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It is not yet known how Capt Christopher Butcher (right), who was 35 years old, died

The family tribute says he was a "formidable and true friend and a remarkable, loyal leader and soldier".

It added: "He always put others before himself and was a true and trusted brother-in-arms.

"His life has been so tragically cut short, but we will cherish and treasure the memories we all shared, forever."

The Butcher family have also thanked people for the overwhelming messages of support.

Further information on Orwell Bridge crash

Police advise of collision westbound on Orwell Bridge

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

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A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between J47 A1088 and J46 Thurston Road Thurston.

A14 Suffolk - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A14 westbound in Woolpit between J47, A1088 (Woolpit) and Thurston, because of an accident, a car fire and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Around 100 vehicles on fire' at Red Lodge scrapyard

Fire crews from across the county have been tackling a large blaze involving around 100 vehicles at a scrapyard near Mildenhall.

The fire, at Scrap Co. in Red Lodge, broke out at 02:00.

An investigation will be held into the cause.

Injured Ed Sheeran labels himself 'a cripple' at awards ceremony

Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been named the Best Live Act in the World at the Q Awards.

It was the first public appearance for the star since he fractured his wrist in a cycling accident at the weekend.

Sporting a sling and a cast, he told the audience in London that he was "a bit of a cripple".

Ed Sheeran, with arm in a sling and cast, poses for photos
PA

The performer laughed off suggestions he could get fellow stars at the awards to sign his cast, and said the pain he was in was similar to getting a tattoo.

The injury has led to the singer postponing his Asia tour.

Hospitals under pressure

Two of Norfolk's hospitals have had to bring in extra beds because of high demand.

Between June and September, the Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn and the James Paget in Gorleston, were continuously operating close to 100% bed capacity.

Both had to open extra emergency beds.

James Paget University Hospital
BBC

The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital says it was never operating at more than 95% bed occupancy over the summer months.

They say they're prepared for peaks in demand throughout the year.

Shop assistant saves woman from iTunes scam
A shop assistant stopped an elderly woman from being duped out of £900.

Two men sought over food fight break-in at Ipswich Town Football Club

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

ITFC
BBC

Police investigating break-ins at Portman Road are looking for two men.

Computer equipment and a quantity of food and drink were taken in the first of two raids, which police say happened between 19:45 on Saturday, 7 October and 06:20 on Sunday 8 October.

It's believed to be linked to a second break-in on Tuesday, 10 October, when two TV screens and alcohol were taken sometime after 21:10.

During the first raid, the intruders partied on wine and food, and fought with frozen cheesecakes, the BBC understands.

Detectives say they want to speak to two men seen in the Portman Road car park in the early hours of the Sunday morning.

They are both white, with one wearing Adidas clothing with a rucksack and the other a blue jacket and hoodie.

A club spokesman said they had since increased the stadium's security.

ITFC
BBC

Town skipper not concerned by form ahead of derby

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers believes a win over Norwich City this weekend could reignite the Blues' season, but he was also quick to point out today that form means little going into a derby day fixture.

Luke Chambers
BBC

Mick McCarthy's side have lost six of their last eight matches in all competitions, while the Canaries are unbeaten since the end of August, and have recently moved above Town in the Championship.

"We had a great start that has tailed off a little bit, but we still find ourselves in a decent position in the table," Chambers said.

"Two wins in a row in this division is massive and that is what we've got to look to do next week.

"Things are so up and down in the Championship like we saw last Friday, when Birmingham, who've been struggling, beat Cardiff who are top."

"And for games like this, form, money, everything, goes out the window."

Council seek compulsory order to close level crossing

Compulsory powers could be used to close a level crossing at Needham Market.

Network Rail is asking Suffolk County Council to make the move regarding the site at Gipsy Lane.

A meeting to decide what to do is taking place this afternoon.

Gipsy Lane level crossing
Google

The closure plans have been advanced after a woman was killed at the crossing in 2011.

There have been objections from local landowners and, after failing to come to an agreement, Suffolk County Council is requesting to use compulsory orders.

Network Rail has agreed to meet all the expenses of the authority over the application.

Lara and Hugh, Lady and Lord Somerleyton

The emerald and diamond pendant was being worn by Lady Somerleyton on the day she visited the supermarket.

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Shop assistant foils iTunes scam

A shop assistant has stopped an elderly woman from being duped out of £900.

Tesco, Martlesham Heath
Google

Minnie Garrad, who works for Tesco in Martlesham Heath, became suspicious after the shopper asked for £900 of iTunes vouchers.

The woman told her she needed them to pay for repairs to her computer.

"We've had this incident before where elderly, vulnerable people have been sent in to pick up large high value gift cards," Ms Garrad said. "It''s awful really."

The victim, who is not being named, was cold-called by scammers and told she had to read out the numbers on these cards to pay for repairs carried out remotely to her computer.

The shop-assistant rang the police and together they managed to convince the lady it was a scam.

Sasha Watson, from Suffolk Trading Standards, says the codes are used to transfer the credit into fraudsters' accounts.

"We all have that moral duty to make sure everyone in our community is safe," she said.

Mathie backs Sears to start against Norwich

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Ipswich striker Alex Mathie believes Freddie Sears should be in the Town team for Sunday's East Anglian derby at Portman Road.

Freddie Sears
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The 27-year-old hasn't scored this season and has been playing second fiddle to David McGoldrick, Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn recently.

Mathie - who scored a hat-trick against Norwich City in 1998 - thinks Sears has been unlucky in his time at Portman Road.

"I don't think his lack of goals will be affecting him because he gives everything he's got and does a job for the team," Mathie told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"He's a striker and they want to score goals but it's not very often he plays as a striker, he never has a run of games up-front, but he'll be able to come in and create things with Waghorn and McGoldrick."

Hospitals failing to meet waiting time targets

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Every hospital looking after patients from Suffolk failed to meet waiting time targets in A&E last month.

That's according to new analysis by the BBC.

Waiting times have been assessed across three areas: A&E, cancer care and planned operations.

West Suffolk Hospital
BBC

The government says 95% of patients should be seen within four hours of arrival at A&E, but Ipswich, West Suffolk and the James Paget hospitals all failed to meet this target in September.

Targets for cancer care were met by every hospital, but West Suffolk and the James Paget didn't meet standards for planned operations.

You can see how your local hospital is doing by using the NHS Tracker.

Leiston knocked off their perch

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston's first league defeat of the season means their stay at the top of the Bostik Premier Division was short-lived.

Leiston FC first team squad
Leiston FC

The 2-1 loss at Tonbridge Angels sees Glenn Driver's side drop to third in the table.

New leaders Hendon beat Needham Market 1-0.

In the North Division, a youthful AFC Sudbury team drew 1-1 with Aveley and Mildenhall Town went down 3-1 at Dereham Town.

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

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A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between J57 A1189 Nacton Road and J56 A137 Wherstead Road.

A14 Suffolk - Queuing traffic on A14 westbound in Nacton between A1189, J57 Nacton Interchange and J56, A137 (Wherstead Interchange), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Missing Leiston owl spotted on TV news report
The owl was caught on camera, but managed to evade its owner.

'Innovative' service frees up hospital beds

A new service at West Suffolk Hospital, which is trying to cut delays in discharging patients who need home care, has already saved 150 bed days, it's claimed.

West Suffolk Hospital
BBC

If a patient at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds is ready to leave, but needs a county council-provided care package in place, they can only go home if it's all set up.

If it's not set up, then it's referred to as hospital bed-blocking or "delayed transfer of care".

The hospital now provides the home care for up to seven days, to plug any gaps until council care is ready.

Dr Stephen Dunn says this has been a set up with the help of the council: "This is not a failing of the county council, this is something we've worked on jointly together.

"It's hugely innovative and it's a great opportunity to try and fill the gaps that sometimes arise in the care market."

Heirloom lost during Lady Somerleyton's supermarket trip

Lord Somerleyton, who lives with his wife at Somerleyton Hall near Lowestoft, has offered a reward for the safe return of a family heirloom which was lost last week.

Emerald and Diamond pendant
Contributed

Lady Somerleyton realised she was no longer wearing the 18 carat gold, emerald and diamond pendant at about 17:00 on Monday, 9 October.

She had visited Morrisons supermarket in Pakefield, and the village of Henstead that afternoon.

Lord Somerleyton said: "My wife and I are devastated to have lost the pendant which is a family heirloom and therefore I have decided to offer a cash reward for its safe return, should someone find it."

Gas leak closes road junction at Great Blakenham

Police were called to reports of a gas leak in Great Blakenham earlier today after a main pipe was damaged by workmen.

Officers were called at 11:50 to Bramford Road, which remains closed at the junction of Gipping Road and Stowmarket Road.

A police spokeswoman said no homes were evacuated.

Gas network firm Cadent said supplies to the area had been maintained and engineers were working to repair the gas mains "as soon as possible".

A spokesman said: "A third party carrying out work in the area damaged one of our medium pressure gas mains."

Police advice ahead of Ipswich-Norwich derby

Fans are being encouraged to arrive early at Portman Road on Sunday, ahead of the East Anglian derby match which kicks off at 12:00.

Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10:30, police have said.

Portman Road
BBC

Supporters are reminded that vehicular access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and that spaces in the Portman Road car park will be greatly reduced.

There'll be various road closures in place, with some disruption to public transport.

The National Police Air Service helicopter is also expected to be deployed during the day to support the policing operation.

Police commander for the match, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "As usual for this derby game there will be a high profile police presence to ensure all supporters arrive and leave the ground safely and enjoy the game.

"We are supported by colleagues from across the east of England as well as horses from the Metropolitan Police.

"Whilst we will not tolerate mindless anti-social behaviour, violence or racist chanting.

"We know that true fans attend to enjoy the game and we hope they have a great day."

Quashing of optometrist's conviction to stand

The acquittal of an optometrist who was convicted over the death of an eight-year-old Ipswich boy will stand, after judges refused to send the case to the Supreme Court.

Honey Rose
BBC

Honey Rose, 36, was initially given a suspended sentence after she failed to diagnose an eye condition which ultimately led to the death of Vincent Barker in July 2012.

She had examined him during a routine eye test at a branch of Boots in Ipswich five months earlier.

Ms Rose, of Newham, east London, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at Ipswich Crown Court in August 2016, but the verdict was quashed in July of this year at the Court of Appeal.

The prosecution applied to take the case to the Supreme Court, citing an issue of "public importance" which needed to be considered by leading judges.

They argued that the law on gross negligence manslaughter was not "satisfactorily clear" as it stood.

But at another hearing today at the Court of Appeal, which lasted less than a minute, Sir Brian Leveson declined to send the case on to the country's most senior judges.