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Two men charged over alleged sex attack in Ipswich

Two men will appear in court later charged over an alleged sex attack in Ipswich

Two men will appear in court later after being charged in connection with an alleged sex attack in Ipswich.

George-Hari Constantinescu and Danut Gheorghe, both aged 29 and both from the Woodbridge area, have been charged with attempted rape and kidnap.

The arrests come after CCTV images were released in connection with the incident, which took place on Rope Walk early on Saturday 25 February.

As a result of the public appeal, the two men were arrested at the weekend.


Parks in Ipswich are closed as Doris sweeps in

The Cabman shelter in Christchurch Park. All parks in Ipswich are closed because of Storm Doris Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council has decided to close its parks as a safety precaution.

This means Christchurch Mansion is also closed. Parks staff will carry out checks for dangerous branches before parks re-open on the 24th February.

The town’s cemeteries are also closed for public access although services will still go ahead.

Ipswich Market will close early at lunchtime, a Council spokesman said. He advised the public to take extra care in the high winds, which could bring gusts of up to 70mph.

Bin collection rounds are well under way but might be affected by heavy traffic later. People are asked to take their blue bins in as soon as they can after they have been emptied because of the wind.

Orwell Bridge expected to close at 10am due to high winds

The Orwell Bridge is expected to be closed later. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England say they expect the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich will be closed from 10am this morning (February 23).

The strongest winds from Storm Doris are due from 10am-6pm and it's likely the bridge will be shut at some point in that period.

An amber weather warning for strong winds is in force until 8pm.


Three men arrested following Ipswich stabbing

Three people have been arrested. Credit: PA

Three men from the Ipswich area have been arrested following a stabbing in the town.

A 46-year-old man was stabbed in the torso following a fight between three men close to the roundabout on the A137 between Hawes Street and Virginia Street on Tuesday 21 February.

His injuries aren't life-threatening though and he remains in hospital under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.

Another 46-year-old man suffered a cut to the face and was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, while a third man aged 31, was arrested on suspicion of affray.

Appeal after 'beloved' pet cat has ear 'cut off'

Lola is a rescue cat. Credit: RSPCA.

The RSPCA’s appealing for information after a Suffolk family’s cat had an ear sliced off and the other severely cut.

Rescue cat Lola, who’s four or five years old, was found on Cavan Road in Ipswich on 8 February. Both her ears were cut – one removed completely.

This was a shocking attack on a beloved family pet. At the moment we have very little information as to who did this, so the police and I are urging anybody who may know something, to get in touch.

It’s completely horrific to carry out such a nasty act of cruelty on this poor cat.

– RSPCA inspector Jason Finch
Vets described the injury as a 'clean cut'. Credit: RSPCA.

Anyone with any information can contact the RSPCA on 0300123 8018, or Suffolk Police on 101.

Colour-a-thon completed for eye health awareness effort

Vinnie's 9-year-old sister Amber and her friends have completed a Colour-a-thon Credit: Family Photo

The family of a boy from Ipswich who died from an undiagnosed eye condition have been raising awareness.

Vinnie's 9-year-old sister Amber and her friends have completed a Colour-a-thon - colouring in a big picture of Paris, without stopping. Vinnie's uncle will be cycling from London to Paris in July to raise money for the charity Shine.

8-year-old Vinnie Barker Credit: Family photo

8-year-old Vinnie Barker died from a build up fluid to the brain in 2012 - five months after an optometrist failed to spot signs of a life-threatening condition during a routine eye test.

Locum optometrist Honey Rose was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. In a landmark case, she was handed a two year suspended sentence.

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