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Inquest into death of thirty-minute-old baby to finish

Baby Bonnie. Credit: Strachan family

An inquest into the death of a baby from Suffolk - who was just 30 minutes old - is due to finish today.

Bonnie Strachan died at Ipswich Hospital in January after being deprived of oxygen during a breech birth - when a baby is born feet first.

Her parents Emma and James from near Framlingham, who already have one son, said they felt 'utter panic' in the delivery room and are claiming a series of mistakes were made during labour.

They are being represented by specialist medical negligence lawyers.


The new East Anglia rail franchise: what you need to know

A key requirement for bidders that trains between Norwich and London have a journey time of 90 minutes or less Credit: ITV Anglia

East Anglia's next rail franchise is expected to begin in October 2016, as part of a nine year contract.

There are three bidders for the franchise:

  • Abellio East Anglia Limited (a joint venture between Abellio and Stagecoach)
  • First East Anglia Limited
  • National Express East Anglia Trains Limited

They have until 17 December 2015 to submit their their bids to the Department of Transport.

A key requirement for bidders that trains between Norwich and London have a journey time of 90 minutes or less.

The winning bid is expected to be announced in June 2016.

The announcement has been welcomed by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith and Anglian Water Group Director Mark Pendlington, who jointly chair the Great Eastern Main Line Rail Taskforce.

“We welcome today’s publication because it clearly responds to passenger need. As promised, it lays out the expectation of new trains, together with how this will be achieved commercially.

"In short, the winner of this contest will provide state of the art trains to East Anglia within the next few years.

“In the short term, we also welcome the provision of additional fast services from Norwich and Ipswich to London.

“In the long term, our work continues to make sure the necessary track improvements take place over the next ten years, as planned.”

– Chloe Smith MP and Mark Pendlington, Chairs of Great Eastern Main Line Rail Taskforce

Woman attacked while running in Ipswich

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Suffolk Police

A woman in her early 20s has been assaulted while out running in Ipswich.

Police have released an artist's impression of a man wanted in connection with the attack which happened on August 26.

The woman was running on a footpath in woodland off Quilter Drive when she was struck by a man who ran up behind her.

The man is described as white, in his 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build and with short dark hair,

Anyone with information that may help is asked to contact Ipswich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Ipswich town centre reopens as 'gas leak' proves false alarm

There were reports of a gas leak in Museum Street Credit: ITV Anglia

The area around a suspected gas leak in Ipswich has now reopened to members of the public.

Police were called by the fire service at around 8.40am this morning, Thursday 3 September, following reports of a suspected gas leak in Museum Street.

The area has now been declared safe as a gas leak was not discovered and all roads have been reopened.

Police warn public to stay clear of suspected gas leak in Ipswich

People are warned to avoid the Museum Street area Credit: ITV Anglia

Emergency services are currently responding to reports of a suspected gas leak in Ipswich town centre this morning, Thursday 3 September.

Police were called by the fire service at around 8.40am for assistance with evacuating the area and traffic control in the vicinity of the leak in Museum Street.

National Grid engineers are en route and members of the public are being asked to avoid the area until the cordons are lifted.

"It’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy."- Ipswich Town sign former Stoke City striker

Town have signed James Alabi on a one year contract Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town have signed former Stoke City striker James Alabi on a one-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old striker has been on trial at Portman Road for the past two weeks, scoring for the Under 21's in the wins over Leeds and Coventry.

Alabi spent two years at Stoke and had loan spells at League clubs Scunthorpe, Mansfield and Accrington Stanley in that time, before being released by the Premier League club in the summer.

“The trial has gone well. I just got my head down and showed the manager what I can do.

I was offered something at Sheffield Wednesday but I knew Ipswich were interested in having a look at me and I’m delighted to have got a contract sorted. Now it’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy.”

– James Alabi
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