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Eye specialist arrives at court over 'preventable' death of boy

The death of an eight-year-old boy could have been prevented if an eye specialist had "done her job properly", a court has heard.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died on July 13 2012 - around five months after he was taken to have a routine eye test at Boots the Opticians in Upper Brook Street in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The conduct of locum optometrist Honey Rose, 35, fell so far below the standards expected that it was "criminal", prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said.


Police hunt woman who went missing after leaving hospital

Hannah Goddard went missing after leaving Ipswich hospital on Monday evening. Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police are concern for the welfare of a woman who went missing after leaving Ipswich hospital on Monday evening.

26-year-old Hannah Goddard was last seen after being discharged from hospital at 6.30pm.

She is described as white, with shoulder length ginger hair. She is 5’6” and of slim build with a freckled complexion. She left the hospital on foot.

Ipswich Hospital 'full' according to Chief Executive

Ipswich Hospital. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of Ipswich Hospital says that staff are coping well despite the hospital being unusually busy for this time of year.

Nick Hulme tweeted that he "had never seen a hospital so full at this time of year."

It's believed the hospital is seeing a 10% increase in the number of patients compared to the same time last year.


'Pigs Gone Wild' art trail launches in Ipswich

Some of the sculpture pigs which will be seen on the Pigs Gone Wild trail

A new art trail is being launched in Ipswich this morning.

'Pigs Gone Wild' is an interactive art trail which will see 39 sculpture pigs located across Ipswich for ten weeks.

The event will help raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice charity.

The interactive sculpture trail features pigs including Ed Sheer-Ham, Elvis Porksley, Porkman Road and The Trotters Pig.

It’s a fantastic venue, full of history and culture which is quite fitting as we hope the Pigs Gone Wild trail will teach people a bit of history and culture about Ipswich.

It was great to see sponsors and artists all in one room and have one final get together before we launch the trail.

The excitement really is building and everyone cannot wait for the highly-anticipated reveal of their pigs on Monday!

– Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild Project Manager

15-year-old girl missing from Norfolk

Tayler McGovern Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing 15-year-old girl from Norfolk.

Tayler McGovern originally went missing from Norfolk on Wednesday, but is now believed to be in the Ipswich area.

Tayler is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build with brown eyes and long dark hair that she often wears in a plait.

At the time she was last seen she was wearing a thigh length fluffy white coat, black leggings or jeans and black trainers and was carrying a black handbag with fake gems on it.

Anyone who may have seen her in Ipswich, or anyone who may have any information about where she is now is asked to contact Suffolk Police.

Appeal to find missing 19-year-old from Ipswich

Have you seen missing Eve? Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 19-year-old woman from Ipswich.

Eve Whiting was last seen leaving her home in Oldfield Road at around 4am.

Officers are concerned for her welfare and are asking anyone who has seen Eve or who has any information on where she may be to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

Swimmers prepare for the Great East swim

The Great East swim takes place in Ipswich tomorrow Credit: ITV News Anglia

Swimmers in Suffolk are getting ready for a challenge this weekend.

The Great East Swim is taking place at the Alton Water reservoir near Ipswich tomorrow (18 June). It is the fifth year it has been held there. Those taking part can either dive into the 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 5 kilometre courses.

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