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Man jailed for gaining entry to a home in Beccles and raping a woman

Credit: Suffolk Constabulary

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."

– DC Darren Winchester, Suffolk Constabulary

"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."

– Detective Sergeant Simon Fitch , Head of Operation Gemini, the serious sexual offences team at Lowestoft

Judge assaulted during court hearing

A Judge has been assaulted by a member of the public during a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman confirmed that a man left the public gallery and attacked Judge John Devaux while the Court was sitting.

It happened shortly before 11:30 BST in courtroom two.

Judge Devaux didn't suffer serious injuries during the incident.

The man involved has since been restrained and is now being held in the court cells.


Two arrested after stabbing outside Court

The 18-year-old man was stabbed outside Ipswich Crown Court. Credit: ITV Anglia

An 18 year-old man is in hospital in a stable condition after being stabbed in the back outside Ipswich Crown Court.

Suffolk Police were called to Russell Road just after 4.30 on Monday afternoon (May 21).

Two local men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested nearby- both on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug and one with possession of an offensive weapon.

It is believed all three men knew each other. Police are appealing for witnesses.