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Rapist who filmed attack jailed for 12 years

Christopher Lander Credit: Sufffolk Police

A 28-year-old man who filmed himself raping a woman has been jailed for 12 years.

Christopher Lander, from Ipswich, admitted rape, sexual assault, possession of indecent images and making threats to kill offences.

He appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 26 May, and was jailed for 12 years, given an extended licence period of three years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

The court heard Lander had filmed himself raping and sexually assaulting a woman and had threatened a young girl he had sexually abused.

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600 jobs could be created in new Suffolk business park

An artist impression of the Suffolk Business Park Credit: Curzon De Vere, Developers

600 jobs could be created if plans for a new business park are approved in Suffolk.

The development at Great Blakenham near Ipswich would be eco-friendly and if given the go-ahead would be opened by 2019.

"This exciting ground breaking development will give the local economy a major boost and help Mid-Suffolk meet its commitment to find land for an additional 8000 jobs by 2026. Because of its unique position it will attract both local and international businesses and will provide jobs for local people and reduce levels of out-commuting from the district."

– Nick Davey, Partner of The JTS Partnership LLP and planning consultant for the build

Disruption on Norwich to London line due to 'incident'

Rail replacement buses at Colchester today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail passengers on the Norwich to London line are facing disruption this morning as emergency services deal with an 'incident' between Colchester and Ipswich.

There are currently delays of up to 90 minutes and the problems are expected to last until midday.

Trains from London will terminate at Colchester, while trains in the opposite direction will stop at Ipswich or Manningtree.

Passengers are being advised to travel via Cambridge instead.

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New multi-million pound cancer unit opens at Ipswich Hospital

Official opening of the unit at Ipswich Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new four and a half million pound cancer treatment unit opened at Ipswich Hospital today.

A group of staff, patients and volunteers fundraised alongside Macmillan Cancer Support to help pay for the unit.

The centre will help patients undergoing chemotherapy, oncology and haematology treatment. Fundraising is still ongoing for the unit, which features consulting rooms, more treatment chairs and private bays.

"The environment that we now see here provides a much more spacious area for patients. What was only 12 treatment rooms is now 30."

– Neil Maloney, Chief Operating Officer, Ipswich Hospital

"We used to sit and joke about it and dream about having a big space like this to have our treatment in and my two very close friends that are no longer here, who would have absolutely loved to come here and have their treatment in this space. Would just have made such a difference."

– Nisa Heys, patient

"It just makes it a lot easier. It's bright, it's cheerful, which is what you want. It just makes it a lot more pleasant."

– Brian Heffernan, patient

Former teacher jailed for 14 years on sex assault charges

John McKno Credit: Suffolk Police

A 70-year-old man from Norfolk has been jailed after being convicted of nine historic sexual assaults against five children at schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire.

John McKno, of Alby Hill, Alby, in north Norfolk, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today, Friday 13 May, where he was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. He will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for an indefinite period.

Watch the report by ITV Anglia's Tanya Mercer.

Detectives from Suffolk Police’s Operation Garford, which was set-up specifically to investigate allegations of abuse at the former Kesgrave Hall boarding school, first arrested McKno in May 2014.

McKno was also investigated into allegations relating to another defunct educational establishment known as Beam College, in Great Torrington, Devon, and he was initially charged with offences occurring at Kesgrave Hall and Beam College on 24 March 2015.

Following these charges, further offences were added to McKno’s indictment when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on 9 October 2015 for a plea and case management hearing. These related to a third school, the former St Michael’s College, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, and additional offences at Beam College.

McKno originally denied all 12 offences that he stood accused of. However, when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for the beginning of a trial, he then pleaded guilty to nine of the charges, including buggery and indecent assault.

The sentencing of John McKno finally provides justice for his victims, who have waited between 30 and 40 years for this day.

McKno committed the most heinous crimes and stole the childhoods of his victims from them, preying on them at a time when they were vulnerable and abusing his position of trust.

– Det Insp Jim Gooding
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