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Possible sighting of missing 'vulnerable' man from Ipswich

Matthew Whyman is considered to be vulnerable. Police believe this CCTV image may be him.

Police have released a new picture of a 35-year-old man from Ipswich who has been missing since Tuesday 10 October.

A CCTV still believed to show Matthew Whyman on Tuesday 17 October on Burrell Road, heading in the direction of the train station in the town has been released.

He is described as white, 6ft 2ins tall, bald and has a beard. He is believed to be wearing beige trousers, with a navy SuperDry hoodie.

Mr Whyman is considered to be vulnerable and police are concerned for his welfare.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Mr Whyman, or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.


Acquittal stands for optometrist who missed fatal eye condition

Honey Maria Rose Credit: ITV News Anglia

An optometrist who was convicted over the death of an eight-year-old boy, only to have the decision overturned by the Court of Appeal, will not have her case sent to the Supreme Court.

Honey Maria Rose, 36, saw Vincent Barker for a routine eye test at a branch of Boots in Ipswich. During the exam she missed an eye condition which led to his death in July 2012.

She was accused of gross negligence manslaughter, convicted last year at Ipswich Crown Court and given a suspended sentence. That decision was quashed in July this year at the Court of Appeal in London.

Vincent Barker Credit: Family photo

This acquittal will now stand after judges refused to send the case to the country's most senior judges.

The prosecution had applied to take the case to the Supreme Court, claiming the law on gross negligence manslaughter is "not satisfactorily clear" and needed to be considered by leading judges.

However, the application was turned down in a hearing lasting less than a minute, at the Court of Appeal.

Arson arrest over Ipswich house fire

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Police have arrested one person on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a house fire in Ipswich.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday (October 15) morning on Alexander Road.

Two people, a woman and a teenage boy, were inside and asleep at the time.

They were taken to hospital after breathing in smoke, but have now been discharged.

Police said a female had been arrested and was being questioned by detectives.

Officers are appealing for CCTV and dash-cam footage from the area.

Gang rob teenager during park attack in Ipswich

A sixteen-year-old was violently robbed during the lunchtime attack. Credit: Google Maps

A teenager has been attacked and dragged to the ground by his neck during a mugging in Alexandra Park in Ipswich.

A group of three men kicked the sixteen-year-old in the head and body and demanded he handed over his belongings.

The thieves got away with £5 and a phone charger during the lunchtime attack. It took place on Wednesday 11 October when the victim year old was walking through the park.

The victim sustained minor injuries and the police are now appealing for witnesses or information. They describe the attackers as:

  • A white teenage boy, 5 feet 11 inches tall, small build with blond hair who was wearing a grey coat and spoke with a foreign accent.
  • A black teenager, 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build who was wearing a black coat and had his face covered.
  • A black man, aged between 18-20 years, around 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing all black clothing and a black balaclava.


Man in critical condition after setting fire to himself

A man is in critical condition in hospital after setting fire to himself in an incident in Nansen Road, Ipswich. Credit: Google Maps

A 44-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after police say he set fire to himself during an incident in Ipswich.

Emergency services were called to Nansen Road on Wednesday night, after reports that a woman had been assaulted and a man had then set fire to himself.

The man has serious burn injuries and was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital before being transferred to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. The woman has minor injuries. Police say the pair were known to each other.

Two men arrested after three stabbed during fight in Ipswich

Two men have been arrested after three people were stabbed during a fight in Ipswich.

Police were called at just after 3.10am this morning, Friday 6 October, to reports that two men were involved in a fight in Cardinal Park, with a group of other people surrounding them. Officers believe others then became involved.

All three victims were taken to hospital for treatment, one suffering a potentially punctured lung.

A 21-year-old man from the Colchester area has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. A 19-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

Burst main leaves more than 300 homes without water

The water supply has been restored in Ipswich. Credit: PA

A burst water main has left more than 300 homes in Suffolk without water.

Anglian Water said it was alerted to the fault just before 6am.

At its height, the majority of homes in Ipswich had very low water pressure or no water at all, but that has now been restored.

However, an Anglia Water spokesman confirmed that the situation is still ongoing in the village of Sproughton where around 350 customers have been affected.

It's hoped that the water supply will be back to normal by lunchtime though.

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