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Full report: Suffolk man found guilty of acid attack

A Suffolk man has been found guilty of arranging a devastating attack on his ex-girlfriend which has left her disfigured for life.

23-year-old beautician Adele Bellis had sulphuric acid thrown in her face as she waited at a bus stop in her home town of Lowestoft.

The police described Anthony Riley's actions as barbaric.

Adele said she'll survive the ordeal but that it had caused her unimaginable pain and suffering.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Cricket: head coach leaves Essex

Paul Grayson

Cricket: Essex head coach Paul Grayson has left the club by mutual consent after eight years in charge.

The 44-year-old's departure follows the clubs quarter-final defeat in both the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast. He was promoted from second-team coach in July 2007 and feels now is the right time for a new challenge.


Beautician scarred in acid attack says she will survive ordeal

Adele Bellis Credit: Suffolk Police

A beautician left disfigured after an acid attack in Lowestoft planned by her jealous ex-boyfriend has thanked campaigner Katie Piper for her support, adding: "I will survive this ordeal".

Beautician Adele Bellis, 23, lost an ear, was left partially bald and has "life-changing" permanent scarring following the sulphuric acid attack at a bus stop in her home town of Lowestoft on August 14 last year.

Five months before the attack she had been stabbed in the face by a friend of Riley's.

The acid attack was the culmination of a six-month campaign by her former partner of seven years, Anthony Riley, 26, who has been found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

In a statement, Miss Bellis welcomed the verdicts, saying she had been subjected to Riley's "violent, manipulative and jealous" behaviour since the age of 16. She thanked her family and friends as well as high profile acid attack survivor Ms Piper for their support.

Katie Piper Credit: PA

I find it difficult to put into words the pain I have suffered, I have very few tears left. The attacks on me have left me both physically and emotionally scarred.

My family and friends have been by my side throughout. I'm very grateful to the Katie Piper Foundation for their continued and close support which has proved invaluable in helping me to rebuild my life.

I will never forget what happened to me and it will always been in my mind but I am determined to live my life and I will survive this ordeal,

– Adele Bellis
Kevin and Colleen Bellis

Her parents, Kevin and Colleen Bellis, attended the hearing. They praised their daughter's strength, saying she still needs weekly treatment at a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.<

She is just so strong, without her we would all have crumbled.

– Kevin Bellis

Man gets 14 years for sex offences against young girl

Karl Stockbridge Credit: Essex Police

A man has been jailed for 14 years for sexual offences against a young girl and making indecent images.

Essex Police arrested Karl Stockbridge after receiving information that led to officers executing a warrant at a location in Harlow.

Computers were found containing indecent images of children and following further enquiries, it was discovered he had sexually abused a child from the Harlow area.

Stockbridge, 48, of Gilpins Gallop, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, was charged with two counts of rape in March 2013 and February 2014, and three counts of sexual assault against a girl aged under 13.

He was also charged with one count of making 12 indecent images of a child between March 2013 and February 2014, three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at the same court on Friday, August 28.

Work starts on Norwich distributor road next month

The route of Norwich's Northern Distributor Road

Work is set to start next month on the £178.45m Norwich Northern Distributor Road after Norfolk County Council today approved a £9.9m contribution towards a £30m budget shortfall.

The Department for Transport and New Anglia have each offered £10m towards the funding gap.

By 59 votes to 8 (3 abstentions) the County Council today accepted these offers and agreed to cover the remaining £9.9m from the council's highways budget.

Council also confirmed the award of the construction contract to Balfour Beatty, subject to final approval of the project by the Department for Transport, with a view to site clearance work starting in October (2015).

"This is project of significance not just for Norwich and Norfolk but for all of East Anglia. Thanks to today’s decision work will begin next month."

– Cllr George Nobbs, Council leader


Matt Clarke signs new Ipswich Town deal

Matt Clarke extends his contract at Town until 2017 Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town's Matt Clarke has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2017, with the option of an additional 12 months.

The 18-year-old defender is currently on loan at Portsmouth until January and has made seven appearances for Pompey this season.

“I’m looking to improve as a player and playing games week in, week out is going to help me do that.

Playing for Portsmouth has been great for me but I see my future at Ipswich. My goal is to get to a standard where the gaffer feels he can put me in his team here.”

– Matt Clarke

Prime Minister pledges to create 500 free schools

The Prime Minister talking to pupils in Northampton

The Prime Minister has been in Northamptonshire to announce the latest wave of free schools to be approved.

David Cameron has pledged to deliver 500 extra free schools over the next five years. Schools in Corby, Northampton, Luton, Welwyn Garden City and Bury St Edmunds are among 18 given the go-ahead today.

They're set up by groups such as parents and teachers, as well as charitable and religious organisations.

Here's a report by Matthew Hudson:

"Toxic" culture at Essex Fire Service - report


An independent review in the behaviour of Essex fire service has described its culture as "toxic".

The report found that relationships between firefighters, staff and management were "dysfunctional".

Its author Irene Lucas said the organisation did not work as a team and needed a change "from top to bottom".

The review said it found "dangerous and pervasive bullying and intimidation" at entry level.

Ms Lucas , who spoke to more than 500 people as part of her investigation, said "hard-line" initiations had stopped.

In the past new recruits were tied up and put in a pit with water up to their nose or pulled across carpets until they had carpet burns on their face.

Another initiation ceremony saw recruits forced to stand naked while their genitals were measured. But the report says "equally unacceptable behaviour" was still going on.

Mistakes or perceived mistakes are punished by physical intimidation such as "repeated slapping on the head by watch members. "There is also a culture of damaging worker's property, calling colleagues 'scab' and intimidating those who had fallen out with the trade union.

Essex Fire Authority commissioned the report after two suicides, allegations of bullying and intimidation, and ongoing and protracted industrial disputes.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said the service "will not shy away" from the review's findings and recommendations "however difficult that may be."

Here's a report by Serena Sandhu:

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