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Man and woman jailed for 35 years for child sex offences

A man and woman from Ipswich have been sentenced to a total of 35 years in prison in connection with child sex offences in Suffolk and the north-west of England.

Brian Callaghan and Diane Foster. Credit: Suffolk police

On 30 July Brian Callaghan, aged 78 years, retired, from Waterford Road, Ipswich pleaded guilty to 19 historic child sex offences committed in Suffolk and Lancashire in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of administering a drug with intent to have sex; six counts of inciting indecency with children; six counts of sexual assault; three counts of child rape; two counts of committing gross indecency with children and one count of cruelty to a child.

On Monday 13 October Diane Foster, aged 56 years from Downside Close, Ipswich was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of aiding and abetting rape, committing gross indecency and causing/inciting a sexual act.

Today, Friday 21 November, Brian Callaghan was sentenced to 24 years and Diane Foster was sentenced to 11 years at Ipswich Crown Court.

This case highlights that, no matter how long ago an offence or offences took place we are committed to carrying out a full and thorough investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

The crimes committed by both Callaghan and Foster were abhorrent. We wonder if they have ever stopped to think about the damage they have done to the children while they sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred forever.

Hearing a victim’s account of the abuse they faced as a child is always distressing and all credit to Callaghan and Foster’s victims that they came forward and reported to us what they went through.

We have dedicated officers who are specially trained to undertake difficult and emotive investigations on a daily basis.

We would urge anyone who has been abused or sexually assaulted to come forward, safe in the knowledge that we, together with our partners within child protection, will provide help and support, and do all we can to identify, charge and bring before the courts those responsible.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tonya Antonis

Charity shop's takings stolen

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Suffolk Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify and speak to in relation to a theft at a charity shop in Ipswich on Monday 20 October.

A woman, who works at the shop in Felixstowe Road, was distracted by a man who then stole the shop takings from her.

He grabbed a bag of money and pushed the woman over, causing injury to her hips. He then fled from the shop with the money and ran across the road causing several vehicles to stop.


Christmas advert highlights Royal Norfolk Regiment

The part played by the Royal Norfolk Regiment in the famous Christmas football match between British and German forces is gaining greater recognition due to a television advert.

Sainsbury's staged a re-enactment of the WWI game at replica trenches in Ipswich. A recently discovered letter from a Royal Norfolk soldier showed the regiment was among those troops that took part in the famous truce.

The advert, which runs 3m 40secs, has divided opinion with some calling it beautiful and others branding it disrespectful.

Watch a clip from the advert below:

Police 'anxious' to trace missing Joanne

Police are anxious to trace a woman who has been reported missing in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Missing Joanne Carty Credit: Suffolk Police

Joanne Carty, aged 22, was last seen at her home in Sheldrake Drive at approximately 5.30pm on Saturday 1 November.

Since then, she has not been in touch with friends or family and was reported missing yesterday.

Police describe Joanne as black, 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build with long black hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

It's 50 years since the Beatles played Ipswich

The Beatles being interviewed before appearing in Ipswich

It's 50 years since The Beatles played the Gaumont Cinema in Ipswich.

It's now The Regent Theatre and to mark the event it's to host a two-hour show later this month called, "The Magic of the Beatles"

Fans queued for hours to get tickets for the Fab Four's second and final performance in Ipswich.


Investigations continue into large fire at Suffolk cleaning products company

Firefighters damping down at Primo Manufacturing.
Firefighters at Primo Manufacturing.

Investigations are continuing into what caused a large fire at a cleaning products company in Suffolk yesterday.

At the height of the blaze, 15 crews were needed at Primo Manufacturing on the Lady Lane industrial estate in Hadleigh near Ipswich.

Police say the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Environment Agency monitor river pollution in aftermath of Hadleigh fire

The Environment Agency is monitoring discolouration in the water of the river Brett after a warehouse fire in nearby Hadleigh.

Discolouration in the river Brett Credit: Environment Agency

Experts are analysing the impact of fire water runoff - water used by firefighters to douse the blaze which has entered the surface water drainage system, and then the river Brett via an outfall.

"We are conducting standard tests for ammonia and dissolved oxygen. This gives a good indicator of any pollutants that are entering the water course."

– Tom Pickover, Environment Agency
Discolouration in the river Brett Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has so far seen no major environmental impact of the fire but urges people who see fish in distress to call: 0800 80 70 60 (2)

Hadleigh fire "could have been much worse" says warehouse boss

Emergency services are damping down at the scene of a large fire in Suffolk which broke out at a company which makes cleaning products.

At the height of the blaze, 15 crews were needed to bring the fire under control at Primo Manufacturing on the Lady Lane industrial estate in Hadleigh near Ipswich. Police advised people to keep their windows closed over fears the smoke could contain harmful chemicals.

Graham Burchell, Managaing Director of Primo Manufacturing Credit: ITV Anglia

"It’s a big shock to everybody, a rude awakening in the morning.

But we have got contingency plans in place, all our computer records are stored off site and our main production line is in another building which is safe so from that point of view it could have been a lot worse.

And importantly everybody’s safe."

– Graham Burchell, Managaing Director of Primo Manufacturing
Firefighters tackling the blaze in the Lady Lane industrial estate Credit: ITV Anglia
Firefighters tackling the blaze in the Lady Lane industrial estate Credit: ITV Anglia
Firefighters tackling the blaze in the Lady Lane industrial estate Credit: ITV Anglia
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