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Young woman speaks out after being raped as a teenager

Stephen Waters was jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of three counts of rape. Credit: Suffolk Police

A young woman has spoken out after a 46-year-old Lowestoft man was jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of three counts of raping her while she was a teenager.

Stephen Waters, of Princes Road in Lowestoft, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today (July 21), to be sentenced after being found guilty of three counts of rape.

The young woman reported the incident in March 2015, saying she had been raped by a man on three occasions several years earlier.

It is very upsetting and frustrating to know that someone who was supposed to protect me hurt me in the way he did.

Anyone out there who has been a victim of something similar or any crime it's never too late to report it..I'm now able to get on with my life after it being on hold for so long as I was struggling to cope with it badly.

I've got the justice I deserve, thank you all involved.

– Rape victim

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Lowestoft rocker reunited with pet cat... three years after she went missing

A microchip scan revealed Cully's famous owner. Credit: Cats Protection

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has been reunited with his pet cat - three years after she went missing.

Ten-year-old Cully was found living as a stray in Lowestoft last month. She was handed in to the charity Cats Protection, where a microchip scan revealed her famous owner.

Justin Hawkins said losing his cat was Credit: Cats Protection

“Losing Cully was heartbreaking for me and my family but I always knew in my heart that she was still alive; I could just feel it.

She's always loved the great outdoors. I periodically checked in with the relevant databases and kept my details up-to-date because I knew this day would come."

– Justin Hawkins, musician

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Warning to people trying to climb on sea defence rocks

The sea defences on Lowestoft's South Beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

People visiting a beach in Suffolk which recently re-opened after two years of repair work are being warned not to climb on the rocks which have been installed to protect the coastline from erosion.

Around 20 thousand tonnes of rock were used in the scheme on South Beach in Lowestoft. The council says people are risking their lives by climbing on them.

"Warning signs are present on these structures and whilst we cannot prevent people from climbing on the rocks, we can remind everyone of the importance of beach safety. Over 400 people drown in the UK each year, with approximately 60 of these being children and young people. We want people to enjoy our award-winning beaches whilst being mindful of the risks."

– Cllr Stephen Ardley, Waveney's cabinet member for Operational Partnerships
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