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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.


Man wearing one glove steals teen's rucksack

Police want help to trace a man wearing a single glove who punched a teenager and stole his rucksack in Ipswich.

The 15-year-old boy was walking to school on Friday morning along the alleyway that connects St Anthony’s Crescent to Trafalgar Close when he was approached from behind and punched in the face.

His attacker fled the scene with the boy’s rucksack, which contained a Blackberry mobile phone.

The suspect is described as a 6ft tall, well-built black man, believed to be aged around 30 – 40. At the time of the crime he was described as wearing; blue jeans, a black hooded top, white trainers, and a single glove.

Three charged with burglaries in Ipswich

Suffolk Police

Police have arrested three men over a a series of burglaries in Ipswich. Gregory Branaghan, 39, and Archie McCue, 22, both from Ipswich have each been charged with three counts of burglary relating to burglaries in the town on Friday.

A third man, Daniel Beresford, 27, also from Ipswich was arrested yesterday and has been charged with attempted burglary and two counts of burglary at addresses in Ipswich.

In addition Beresford has been charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and taking a motor vehicle without consent and using a motor vehicle without third party insurance.

All three will appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Woman pleads guilty to drink-driving on A14

An Ipswich motorist is due to be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to driving the wrong way along the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Tracey Matthews Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Tracey Matthews was stopped by officers after driving a black Peugeot 206 east on the westbound carriageway of the A14 near Copdock shortly after 11:30pm on Sunday 6 July.

The 48-year-old unemployed woman from Cotman Road was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of driving dangerously and one count of driving while under in the influence of alcohol (263mg of alcohol in 100mg blood).

She was released on police bail prior to her appearance at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 September where she pleaded guilty.

Sentencing was adjourned to a later date, yet to be confirmed, at Ipswich Crown Court.

We at Suffolk Police are committed to enhancing road safety, concentrating on seatbelt wearing, mobile phone use abuse, speeding and drink-driving. Tracey Matthews’ actions that July night are inexcusable. These court cases should help educate people that drink-driving remains socially unacceptable and, equally importantly, professionally dangerous.

A drink-driving conviction jeopardises future job prospects.

– Investigating Officer, Pc John Clarke


CCTV appeal after woman, 90, has handbag stolen

Police have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in relation to the theft of a handbag from a 90-year-old woman in Ipswich.

The incident happened in Poundland in Tower Ramparts Centre at approximately 1.30pm on Friday 22 August.

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The elderly lady was followed around within the shop by two women and then her bag was stolen from a shopping trolley.

Do you recognise this woman?

Do you recognise the women in the images? If you have any information please contact PC Helen Mittell from Ipswich on 101 quoting crime reference IC/14/3350 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Reformed Jihadist tells British Muslims 'Don't go'

A former Jihadist fighter, who now lives in Ipswich, is pleading with British Muslims not to go out and join extreme militant groups in the Middle East.

Muhammed Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma in the 1980s. He says he's learnt from his experience and the level and extent of killing has now become extreme and driven by hatred and revenge.

He has also condemned the killing of journalist James Foley.

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