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A 26-year-old man has been jailed for raping a woman in early May, after he gaining entry to a home in Beccles, Suffolk.
Martin Tom was sentenced to five years and four months in prison with an extended licence period of four years.
The woman, who is in her 30s, managed to get to phone the police as he was leaving. He was detained close to the property a short time later.
In an interview he told police he had been high on crack cocaine and drink and had been out all night.
He admitted entering the home as a trespasser and going into her bedroom, initially intending to steal her mobile phone, and then admitted forcing himself on her.
He was charged with rape and resisting a police officer in the execution of their duty – after he tried to stop officers detaining him, and then tried to bite officers after his arrest.
He pleaded guilty to both offences at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on 14 August.
DC Darren Winchester of Suffolk Constabulary praised the woman.
"She contacted police straight away and it was this prompt action that led to officers being able to detain Tom in the area a short time later.
"She told officers she had acted as calmly as possible at the time to get him out of the property as quickly and safely as possible.
"He gained entry to the property and subjected her to an attack despite her protests and attempts to get him to leave."
"I would also like to commend the courage displayed by the victim in this case.
"This was a truly abhorrent crime and I am glad that a dangerous and violent offender is off the streets."
Woodbridge and District Motorcycle Club has issued a statement paying tribute to a rider who died at an event organised by the club in Suffolk on Sunday.
Tomas Pattison, who was 23 and from Beccles was married with a daughter.
The Woodbridge & DMCC would like to offer their sincerest condolences to Tomas’s wife, daughter and family along with his many close friends, both inside and outside of the sport at this very sad time.
The club said Tomas was a regular competitor at the Blaxhall Circuit near Woodbridge in Suffolk and was also competing in the Eastern Centre Junior Motocross Championship.
The club is assisting the local authorities with their investigation.
Four men have been taken to hospital – two of them with serious injuries – following a two-vehicle crash on the A145 London Road at Beccles.
The incident happened at the junction of Peddars Lane around 12.10am this morning when a red Volvo 850 collided with a Vauxhall Vivaro.
A man in the Vivaro has sustained serious potentially life-threatening injuries including a collapsed lung, a fractured tibia and fibia.
The 68-year-old man driving the Vivaro sustained cuts to head while another passenger sustained a fractured rib. The 32-year-old driver of the Volvo sustained bruising.
A 30-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion on drink driving but he will now face no further action.
Police are currently responding to reports of a man seen with a gun in Beccles this morning.
It's the second time in two days that there have been reports of a gunman in the town. Police aren't sure whether the two incidents are connected.
Police were called at around 10.10am after members of the public reported seeing the man near The Common. When seen by the members of the public, the man tucked the pistol into his coat and walked away towards Boney’s Island.
Armed response officers, assisted by the police dog and the police helicopter units are searching the area.
He's described as white, aged around 25-years-old, approximately 5ft 9in tall, of average build, wearing a black jacket.
Police are hunting man seen brandishing a gun in a quiet market town in Suffolk.
Police say the offender was standing in an alleyway in Beccles when he pointed the gun at another man and told him to get into the alley. The man refused and the gunman ran away.
The incident took place shortly after 8am on Monday 8 June in a car park behind a bank in Smallgate in Beccles.
Armed police officers and dog units were called to search for the offender but he wasn't found.
The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, and of slim build. He was wearing a black beany hat, dark clothes and dark glasses.
The neighbours of a couple whose home was damaged when a "rare and ancient" tree fell say they are lucky to be alive.
It is thought the elm, at Worlingham near Beccles, was planted in 1760.
Two other properties were also damaged but no one was injured.
A "rare and ancient" elm tree has smashed on to three homes in Suffolk.
No one was injured by the falling tree but one family has had to be re-housed because of the damage to their property.
The other two homes - which are all bungalows on Park Drive in Worlingham, near Beccles - suffered "relatively minor" damage.
Waveney District Council said the Caucasian Elm, which was owned by the local authority, was of "national significance" because of its size and species.
It is thought to have been planted in 1760 and was 30m tall.
Two vehicles were also damaged when the tree fell at about 3am on Monday.
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