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Woman pleads guilty to drink-driving on A14

An Ipswich motorist is due to be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to driving the wrong way along the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Tracey Matthews Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Tracey Matthews was stopped by officers after driving a black Peugeot 206 east on the westbound carriageway of the A14 near Copdock shortly after 11:30pm on Sunday 6 July.

The 48-year-old unemployed woman from Cotman Road was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of driving dangerously and one count of driving while under in the influence of alcohol (263mg of alcohol in 100mg blood).

She was released on police bail prior to her appearance at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 September where she pleaded guilty.

Sentencing was adjourned to a later date, yet to be confirmed, at Ipswich Crown Court.

We at Suffolk Police are committed to enhancing road safety, concentrating on seatbelt wearing, mobile phone use abuse, speeding and drink-driving. Tracey Matthews’ actions that July night are inexcusable. These court cases should help educate people that drink-driving remains socially unacceptable and, equally importantly, professionally dangerous.

A drink-driving conviction jeopardises future job prospects.

– Investigating Officer, Pc John Clarke

CCTV appeal after woman, 90, has handbag stolen

Police have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in relation to the theft of a handbag from a 90-year-old woman in Ipswich.

The incident happened in Poundland in Tower Ramparts Centre at approximately 1.30pm on Friday 22 August.

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The elderly lady was followed around within the shop by two women and then her bag was stolen from a shopping trolley.

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Do you recognise the women in the images? If you have any information please contact PC Helen Mittell from Ipswich on 101 quoting crime reference IC/14/3350 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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. 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.

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."

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