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Drug dealer gets five years

Idris Farah Credit: Suffolk Police

An Ipswich-based drug dealer has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Idris Farah, aged 22, of Luther Road in Ipswich, was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A crack cocaine and also heroin.

Farah was searched and arrested by officers in Fuchsia Lane in June 2014 and found with over 200 wraps of crack and heroin, with an approximate street value of £3,000. He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on the first day of his trial in December before being sentenced on Tuesday 20 January.

Ipswich Policing Commander, Superintendent Louisa Pepper welcomed the sentence.

"This sends a clear message to drug dealers who operate in Suffolk. This activity will not be tolerated and you will be put behind bars for your actions. I also hope that this result reassures the local community that we are targeting the issue of drugs within Ipswich.

– Superintendent Louisa Pepper

Farah was also sentenced for two counts of possession with intent to supply while on remand in Norwich Prison. It comes after a targeted search was carried out by prison staff in September when 125 wraps of crack cocaine and a wrap of heroin were recovered.

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Prime Minister David Cameron pledges to get more people back into work during Ipswich visit

David Cameron has pledged to get more people back into work. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has been in the region this morning to launch one of the Conservative Party's key election pledges.

David Cameron visited the Ransomes agricultural machinery factory in Ipswich to set out the Tories' plans to get more people back into work, including cutting red tape for business, invest in infrastructure and creating 3 million new apprenticeships.

David Cameron was speaking at the Ransomes agricultural machinery factory. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"If we stick to the long-term economic plan, and we keep backing business, enterprise and skills, then we can go on creating jobs and get those unemployed people back to work."

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Judge tells widow of 7/7 victim: "Stealing from your son is an act of wickedness almost beyond belief"

Richard Gray was one of 52 people killed in the 2005 London bombings. Credit: The Gray family

The Ipswich widow of a 7/7 bombing victim has been jailed for two years and eight months after stealing £43,000 from her son's compensation.

Louise Gray, 42, spent £250,000 of her own compensation money before turning to her son Adam's fund, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

She admitted at a hearing last month to stealing the cash between July 2012 and November 2013.

Her husband, accountant Richard Gray, was one of 52 people killed in the 2005 London bombings as he travelled to work.

"The offence you have committed against your son, the trust you betrayed - a second hammer blow following the death of his father - is so serious it can only be met by a custodial sentence."

The theft of £43,000 is one thing. The theft of £43,000 by a parent from a young adult's trust is quite another, when that sum represented most - practically all - the compensation he received for his father's tragic death.

It's an act of wickedness almost beyond belief."

– Judge David Goodin

Suffolk: Widow of 7/7 bombing victim jailed for stealing her son's compensation money

Louise Gray has been jailed for two years and eight months. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The widow of a victim of the July 7 tube bombings has been jailed for two years and eight months for stealing money awarded to her son in compensation.

The sentence was passed down at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Louise Gray admitted stealing £43,000 from her son's fund following the death of Richard Gray in the 2005 London bombings.

Two years after the attack, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarded £250,000 to his wife, £50,000 to their son, Adam, and £100,000 to his sister.

Inquest into the deaths of three men due to open today

The dangerous Class A drug Credit: Suffolk Police

Inquests into the deaths of three men from Suffolk are expected to open in Bury St Edmunds today.

Justin Ropas, 23, died on Christmas Day in Ipswich, while Gediminas Kulokas, who would have been 24, and 21-year-old John Hocking, both died on New Year's Day.

19-year-old Adrian Lubecki from Ipswich pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs and possessing a control drug with intent to supply class B amphetamine.

Suffolk police believe all three deaths could be linked to a dangerous ecstasy pill with a Superman logo on it.

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Roads: Lanes closed after serious crash on A14 Suffolk

One lane has been closed on the A14 eastbound Suffolk due to accident investigation work between J58 A12/ A1156 Seven Hills and J59 Trimeley St Martin/ Kirton.

A lorry and a car collided early this morning with the lorry going through the central reservation between Ipswich and Felixstowe.

All lanes on the A14 westbound are closed.

Diversions are now in place through Trimley on the High Road, Felixstowe Road and A1156 back to J58.

Man arrested as part of 'Superman' pill investigation pleads guilty to supplying drugs

The dangerous Credit: Suffolk Police.

A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs in Suffolk.

Adrian Lubecki, of St Matthew's Street in Ipswich, appeared in court via video link.

He pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs and possessing a control drug with intent to supply class B amphetamine.

Lubecki was arrested earlier this month as police investigated the deaths of three men in Suffolk.

Justin Ropas, 23, died on Christmas Day in Ipswich, while Gediminas Kulokas, who would have been 24, and 21-year-old John Hocking, both died on New Year's Day.

Police believe all three deaths could be linked to a dangerous ecstasy pill with a Superman logo on it.

Man dies in Ipswich street

Police are currently investigating the death of a man in Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Officers received a call from the ambulance service at approximately 4.55pm reporting that a man had been found unconscious on St Matthew's Street.

Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police working in Ipswich nightclubs to warn of dangers of 'Superman' ecstasy pills

The pills are pink and triangular with a "Superman" logo on them. Credit: Suffolk Police.

Police in Suffolk will be working in pubs and clubs this weekend in a bid to stop more people becoming victims of a dangerous ecstasy tablet which has been linked to at least two deaths in the county.

Two men died in Ipswich on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve after they are suspected of having taken one of the tablets, which are pink and triangular with a "Superman" logo on them.

Officers are also investigating the death of a third man in Rendlesham, Suffolk.

Earlier this week, police seized more than 400 pills which were found in a public place near Norwich Road in Ipswich.

Adrian Lubecki, 19, of St Matthews Street in Ipswich, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

"Our number one priority is to prevent other people suffering the tragic consequences of this dangerous drug. Over the weekend we will be talking to people who are in the bars and clubs in Ipswich to advise them of the danger. We'll also be out and about in the local communities, handing out leaflets and making sure that as many people as possible know not to take these pills."

– Supt Louisa Pepper, Suffolk Police.
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