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Social mobility scheme extended to Ipswich and the Fens

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme aimed at helping schoolchildren reach their potential is to be extended to Ipswich and the Fens.

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Norwich was part of the first wave of funding and now Ipswich, and Fenland and East Cambridgeshire will also get help to improve schools, careers advice, mentoring and set up apprenticeships.

The government says it is extending the scheme as part of its plan to help Britain succeed once it has left the EU.

Suffolk clergyman due in court accused of filming men in toilets

The Very Reverend Martin Thrower.

A clergyman from Suffolk is due to appear in court accused of filming young men in public toilets.

The Very Reverend Martin Thrower from Hadleigh has been charged with eight voyeurism offences dating back to 2014, including six alleged incidents last year.

He is alleged to have filmed a 17-year-old boy in an adjoining cubicle in public toilets at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich.

He's expected at Ipswich Crown Court this morning.


Teenager denies double murder in Ipswich

A teenager has pleaded not guilty to the murders of two men at a travellers' site on the outskirts of Ipswich last month.

32-year-old Barry Street and 18-year-old Nathan Oakley died after being stabbed at the West Meadows site in early December.

The teenager has now been remanded in custody until he goes on trial in June.

A teenager has denied a double murder at a travellers site in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Man attacked by masked burglars armed with metal bar

Man struck with iron bar during attempted burglary in Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was struck with an iron bar during an attempted burglary in Ipswich.

The incident occurred at around 8.15pm yesterday evening, Wednesday 4 January, at a house in Dales Road.

The victim – a man aged in his sixties - saw the rear outside light come on and when he went to investigate, discovered three men wearing balaclavas outside the conservatory door.

He called out to his wife to phone the police as he tried to close the conservatory door. At this point one of the offenders struck him with a metal bar before all three then ran away down the side of the house.

The victim was treated by paramedics after suffering swelling to the front of his head as a result of this attack.

The suspects are described as three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas. Two of them were approximately 5ft 10in tall and the other 5ft 8in tall. All were of average build and one was carrying a small metal bar.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Dales Road between 8pm and 8.30pm yesterday evening, who may have seen three men acting suspiciously.

Teen banned from keeping animals after killing hedgehog

The hedgehog was stabbed and hit with a brick. Credit: RSPCA

A teenager from Ipswich has been banned from keeping animals for ten years for killing a hedgehog.

Tyler Perkins, who's 18 and has learning difficulties, was seen stabbing the animal and hitting it with a brick.

He then threw it over neighbour’s garden fence.

Perkins was given an 18-month community order and told to pay costs.


Lorry gets stuck down narrow Ipswich street

The lorry is stuck in Ipswich. Credit: Laura Mann/Twitter

A delivery lorry got stuck down a narrow street in the centre of Ipswich this morning.

The vehicle was jammed against the wall of a listed building in Northgate Street - causing significant delays and road closures in the process.

A recovery vehicle and 20 tonne winch was used to dislodge it and minor damage was caused to the outside of the building.

Concern growing for missing Ipswich girl

Megan Haggar. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing girl from Ipswich.

14-year-old Megan Haggar was last seen at her home in Surrey Road just before midnight on December 29.

She's described as white, 5’3 tall with long straight brown hair.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police on 101.

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