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Clergyman to stand trial over filming in public toilets allegations

The Very Rev Martin Thrower

A Suffolk clergyman has appeared in court and denied filming men in public toilets for sexual gratification.

The Very Rev Martin Thrower from Hadleigh pleaded NOT guilty to two charges of voyeurism at Norwich Crown Court.

The 55-year-old was arrested in August last year after alleged incidents in Ipswich.

His trial has been set for June. As part of his bail conditions he's not allowed unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18.


Mountain bikers prepare for Youth Championships in Essex

Hadleigh Park, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 100 young mountain bikers will be at Hadleigh park in Essex for the Youth Championships this weekend.

The three day event will see under 16s from all over the country competing, many of whom only got involved with the sport after coming to watch Olympic riders there during London 2012.

Riders will be competing for individual honours in each of the events as well as earning points for their region with the top Region crowned Champions on Sunday afternoon.


Man arrested following car park rape

A man has been arrested after a woman reported being raped in Hadleigh, Suffolk in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Location of attack in Hadleigh, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 46-year-old victim was raped in a car park area behind Gray's Fish & Chip shop on Angel Street at around 12.30am on Saturday.

Yesterday evening, a 43-year-old man from Hadleigh was arrested on suspicion of rape and taken to the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he was interviewed.

He was released on police bail earlier today to return on May 6.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 101.

Councillor asked to stand down ahead of US move - but authority admits it cannot stop payments

Brian Riley with his daughter (left) and wife (right).

Suffolk County Council says it has asked a councillor planning to move to America to stand down - but cannot legally force him to or withdraw his allowance.

Brian Riley, who represents Hadleigh, wants to continue his duties from nearly 4,000 miles away in North Carolina.

He is allowed to keep claiming his councillor allowance as long as he attends one council meeting every six months.

And, once a councillor is elected, there is no obligation for them to remain as a resident in the county - or even country.

Suffolk County Council's Conservative group leader Mark Bee has removed Mr Riley from all committees and will not be re-appointed or given any position of special responsibility.

Mr Bee has also spoken directly to the councillor to encourage him to stand down.

"Following the introduction of the Localism Act 2011, the council has no power to suspend Cllr Riley, even if his actions were found to be a breach of the members’ code of conduct.

"There is also no legal power to withdraw or deduct his councillor allowance."

– Suffolk County Council spokesman.

Teenage girl raped in Suffolk market town

Detectives are investigating after a teenage girl was raped in a Suffolk market town over the weekend.

Police received a report at around 2am on Sunday 15 March, that a girl had been raped as she was walking in Tayler Road near the junction with Yeoman Way in Hadleigh at around 9:30pm on Saturday 14 March.

Location of attack in Hadleigh, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers have released a description of a man they need to trace in connection with the attack.

He is described white, aged in his early 20s, of medium build, clean shaven, around 5ft 7in tall, and wearing dark blue jeans and a black Adidas hoody with the hood up.

The hood is described as having two black cords hanging down, and the top had three white stripes down both arms and a white Adidas motif on the right chest area.

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and the victim is receiving support from specialist officers. I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary or recognises the description of the man to contact us.”

– Darren Bruce, Joint Major Investigation Team

Police want to speak to anyone who has information about this incident and they are asked to call the Joint Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference HD/15/422, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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