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Reformed Jihadist tells British Muslims 'Don't go'

A former Jihadist fighter, who now lives in Ipswich, is pleading with British Muslims not to go out and join extreme militant groups in the Middle East.

Muhammed Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma in the 1980s. He says he's learnt from his experience and the level and extent of killing has now become extreme and driven by hatred and revenge.

He has also condemned the killing of journalist James Foley.

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Ipswich: Reformed jihadist pleads with British Muslims not to join sectarian violence

Muhammad Manwar Ali.
Muhammad Manwar Ali. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Islamic scholar from Ipswich, who once fought as a jihadist, is pleading with British Muslims not to join the sectarian violence in the Middle East.

Muhammad Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Syria and Burma in the 1980s, but says the Islamic State and the use of jihad today is extreme and the violence is inhuman and evil.

"Don't go to the Syria, Iraq conflict positions - don't go there.

Your heart cries, your heart bleeds and you feel emotional or sad.

Pray. Trust god that he has the affairs in his hands, he never supports injustice and falsehood. Our job is to be good and kind, wherever we are."

– Muhammad Manwar Ali


Family pay tribute to their 'much loved son' who died after a collision on the A140 in Stoke Ash

Lewis Jarrett died following a road traffic collision on the A140 at Stoke Ash at around 3am on Sunday 27 July.
Lewis Jarrett died following a road traffic collision on the A140 at Stoke Ash at around 3am on Sunday 27 July.

The family of Lewis Jarrett have released a tribute to their son after he died in a collision on the A140 at Stoke Ash last month.

In a statement released through Suffolk police they said: "Lewis was such a special person who touched the lives of so many. He was a much loved son of Jenny and David, brother to Liam and special uncle to Kelsie.

"Lewis brought so much happiness to those around him. He was a diamond sparkling with wit, intelligence, talent and determination to succeed in everything he did.

"He achieved so much in his 26 years. Having been educated in Ipswich (Morland Primary School, Copleston High School and sixth form) he went on to Oxford Brookes University where he graduated with a first class degree in 2010 and continued to excel when he went on to become a qualified accountant (Associate Chartered Accountant) receiving prizes along the way for Best Management Accounting Student and the Little Prize for Taxation for achieving the highest international result for Professional Stage Taxation.

"Lewis previously worked for Hughes Electrical, General Motors in Luton and Haslers in Loughton. "For the past two years Lewis had worked as a Chartered Accountant at Ballams Chartered Accountants where he kept his work colleagues entertained with his random singing!

"Lewis was a keen sportsman and played football regularly, often organising football matches for friends and colleagues. He also played cricket on Sundays for Freston. He was a fully certified PADI open water diver and enjoyed diving in the Great Barrier Reef whilst travelling with his good friend Aaron in Australia and Thailand. Another highlight for Lewis was when he was a Games Maker at the London Olympics in 2012.

"He was so loved and will continue to be loved by everyone and he will always be in our hearts. It was a privilege and an honour to have Lewis in our lives."

Teenage boys charged with arson

Two 13-year-old boys have been charged with arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered, after an incident in Ipswich.

The two boys from Ipswich, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are due to appear at South East Suffolk Youth Court on Thursday 28 August.

The charges relate to an incident in Parade Road on 2 July 2014 where a property was set alight.

Man attacked with hammer in burglary

A man is due to appear in court on Saturday 2 August after he was charged with burglary in Ipswich.

A residential property on Burrell Road was broken into shortly before 2:30am on Tuesday and a man in his 50s assaulted with a hammer.

He was taken to hospital and treated for head injuries before being discharged.

Patrick Gallogly was arrested in Ipswich and charged with one count of committing aggravated burglary.

The 42-year-old unemployed man from Burrell Road in the town has been detained in police custody before his appearance at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

East of England Ambulance Service annual meeting to be held in Ipswich

East of England Ambulance Service annual meeting to be held in Ipswich.
East of England Ambulance Service annual meeting to be held in Ipswich.

The East of England Ambulance Service which was heavily criticised last year for poor management and slow response times is holding its annual general meeting in Ipswich this afternoon.

The new boss Dr Anthony Marsh will set the improvements the Trust has made since he took the helm in January.

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