People in Ipswich are being urged to stop giving money to beggars.
Instead, they're being asked to support homeless charities in the town in the hope of helping those rough sleeping on the streets find accommodation.
Ipswich's Help Our Homeless project was launched at the Sailmakers Shopping Centre. It was attended by charity representatives, the police and by former homeless people who have been helped to find accommodation.
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Search teams looking for a missing man have discovered a body in Suffolk.
Police, the NPAS helicopter and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue workers were searching for 57-year-old man Derrick Chapman.
The body was found in woodlands near Bobbits Lane in Ipswich at about 11:20am on Saturday, July 1.
Police believe it is that of Mr Chapman, who was reported as missing on Friday afternoon, although a formal identification is yet to take place.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from the Ipswich area.
Derrick Chapman, who is 57, was reported missing from his home at Ramsey Close at about 1pm on Friday June 30. ) He had last been seen by his wife at home the night before.
Mr Chapman, who is usually clean shaven, is around 5ft 6in tall, white, of medium build, with grey receding hair and is bald on top. He is thought to have taken his Silver Ford Focus with him.
A teenager is due to be sentenced today for the killings of two men at a travellers' site near Ipswich.
32-year-old Barry Street and 18-year-old Nathan Oakley died at the West Meadows site last December following a fight over a caravan pitch.
Both suffered stab wounds and died in hospital. Nelson Smith, who was 17 at the time of the attack, was convicted of murder and manslaughter.
An 18-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of 32-year-old Barry Street and manslaughter of 18-year-old Nathan Oakley in Ipswich.
Police were called to West Meadows on 8 December following reports that a man in his 30s had been stabbed.
A further call was then received that a man in his late teens had arrived at Ipswich hospital having sustained stab wounds.
Both men received treatment but died in hospital a short time later.
Following an investigation, Nelson Smith was charged on Saturday 10 December with the murder of Barry Street and Nathan Oakley.
Smith will be sentenced on Friday 30 June.
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A motorcyclist who died after a crash with two cars at Foxhall near Ipswich has been named as Gavin Chandler from Tunstall.
Mr Chandler, 24, was a mechanic who worked at Jaguar and Land Rover in Ipswich.
The accident on the A12 at 8pm on Wednesday 21 June involved a blue Yamaha motorcycle, a black Ford KA and a grey Volvo. Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage.
Mr Chandler was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
"Gavin came from a close and loving family and had a wide variety of friends.
"He was loving, caring and kind. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten as he was loved by many.”
Detectives investigating an incident in Kelly Road in Ipswich in the early hours of Tuesday 20th June are making a fresh appeal for anyone in the area around the time to come forward.
Officers are viewing CCTV and are keen to trace a few people seen between 2am – 2.30am.
Two teenage boys, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, both from Ipswich who were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, have now been released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.
A third teenager, an 18-year-old, also from Ipswich who was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply has also now been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Officers are continuing to make uniformed, plain clothes and armed patrols in the area.
If you can help please call Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Two teenage boys arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following an incident in Kelly Road in Ipswich yesterday have now been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
The boys, aged 15 and 16 and both from the town, were arrested yesterday evening.
Officers were called to Kelly Road at 2.20am yesterday morning to reports of shots being fired.
Enquiries into the incident continue and both have now been released under investigation to allow further work to be carried out.
A third teenager – an 18-year-old, also from Ipswich – who was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply following the execution of a firearms warrant at his address has also now been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Police are still appealing for witnesses. If you can help please call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD 42. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.
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