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Spate of burglary and car crime in Ipswich

There's been 300 burglaries and car crimes in Ipswich over the last eight weeks.

It includes at least 48 burglaries, six attempted burglaries, 105 thefts from cars and 131 vehicles have been vandalised.

Police are warning residents to think about security as many of the burglaries happened when doors or windows were left unlocked or open.

It's thought most of the crimes are being committed by a small number of persistent offenders.

“People should make sure their house is as secure as possible. If they are at home during the day, they should look out for their neighbours’ property and call us if they see anything suspicious".

– Ipswich Police

In many of the burglaries, jewellery was taken. Ipswich police are asking anyone offered jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances to contact them

Police renew call for witnesses after man in 90s dies following motorbike collision

A man seriously injured in a motorbike collision in Ipswich on Saturday night has died in hospital.

The man, who was in his 90s, has yet to be formally identified. He was driving a red Honda motorbike along Commercial Road when he collided with the kerb on Princess Street.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the motorbike travelling along Commercial Road, or the collision itself.

Calls should be made to PC Dean Webb at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 400 of 18/10/14.


Elderly volunteer assaulted during Suffolk charity shop theft

An elderly woman has been injured during a theft at a charity shop in Ipswich.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon at Suffolk Animal Rescue on Felixstowe Road between 3.40pm and 4pm.

The woman in her 70s, who volunteers at the shop was putting the days takings away when a man grabbed the bag of money. He then pushed her over causing her injuries to her hip.

He fled the shop with the money and ran across the road causing several vehicles to stop.

The man is described as being in his 40s, six foot tall and slim. He is white with a tan, has dark brown curly hair which is swept to one side, and is described as English and well-spoken. He was wearing dark slim fit trousers or jeans, black shoes, and a navy blue waterproof winter jacket.

If you saw someone who matched this description or have any information that could help police, please call DS Cappleman on 101, quoting reference number IE/14/3085.

Pupils poppy memorial

Some of the poppies outside Rushmere Hall Primary Credit: Carrie Beaumont

Staff and children at a primary school in Ipswich are producing a unique art installation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Pupils at Rushmere Hall Primary School have been busy making poppies from plastic drinks bottles. The centre piece is actually made from black plastic food trays. Every child in the school painted a poppy and they are aiming to stretch them along the whole length of the fence!

The painted poppies Credit: Carrie Beaumont

The inspiration behind the project came from the poppies at the Tower of London.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1 Credit: Carrie Beaumont

Justin's claim to fame as Britain's unique bus driver

Justin Pearson from Suffolk is unique among Britain's bus drivers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Justin Pearson from Kesgrave, Suffolk has been a bus driver for six years but there's something about him that makes him unique.

As he climbs into his cab you're unlikely to notice any difference between him and the company's other drivers at First Buses in Ipswich. What sets him apart is that Justin has no legs below the knee.

He's the country's only double amputee bus driver, having had both legs removed when he was 13 months old having been born with no fibulas.

"You've got to have a positive mindset because there's no point in sitting at home, watching TV. I'd rather be out and about doing something that other people do. If one person watches this and thinks 'yeah I can go out and do something', that would be great"

– Justin Pearson

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

Bag stolen from 94-year-old woman on a mobility scooter

The bag was stolen in Emlen Street in Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

A man's stolen a handbag from a 94-year-old woman on a mobility scooter in Ipswich.

The incident happened in Emlen Street at approximately 1.30pm on Saturday 11 October.

The man stopped the woman to ask her for directions. He then reached down and took her black handbag containing a purse. He ran off towards the junction of Handford Road and Burlington Road.

He's described as a white man, approximately 5’10” tall, with swept-back short blonde coloured hair and black trousers and a black Bomber jacket.


Man charged with attempted rape

Rope Walk, Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been charged following the attempted rape of a young woman in Ipswich. Police were called to Rope Walk, Ipswich at around 1.45am on Friday 10 October.

A 31 year old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape. Adam Bonner, of Ipswich Close, Sutton Heath, has since been charged with attempted rape and sexual assault.

Woman dies after her van crashes into Ipswich wall

The incident happened on Bramford Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has died after her van crashed into a wall and traffic lights in Ipswich.

Emergency services were called at around 11pm last night following a report that there had been a single vehicle collision involving a white Vauxhall Combo van on Bramford Road.

The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while a male passenger sustained serious head injuries. These injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The road re-opened this morning.

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