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Paralympic flame arrives in the region

With the nation still buzzing from its Olympic success, the next round of celebrations began in earnest as the Paralympic flame arrived in the East.

26 flame ambassadors left London this morning, kicking off a weekend of events ahead of the Paralympic opening ceremony on Wednesday.

One of the first places to welcome the flame today was Needham Market in Suffolk, from where Emma Baker reports.

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Police appeal for witnesses to Needham Market accident

Suffolk Police is appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle road traffic collision in Needham Market.

The collision happened on the B1078 Barking Road in Needham Market at approximately 3.40pm yesterday and involved a silver Perodua car and a purple Fiat Panda.

The 78-year-old male driver of the Perodua sustained leg injuries and was taken by air ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital, the 73-year-old female passenger of the Perodua was taken to Ipswich Hospital and her condition is described as critical.

The female driver, 51, of the Fiat was taken to Ipswich Hospital with a back injury and is in a stable condition.

Anyone who was in the area who may have seen the two vehicles prior to, or when the collision happened should Contact PC Andy Smith at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

Man detained under Mental Health Act after death of wife

A man from Ipswich has been detained under the Mental Health Act following the death of his wife.Stephen Jacobs, 60, was arrested in February 2011.

Earlier this year in February, he pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter with diminished responsibility at Ipswich Crown Court.

Today (May 23) at the same court, he was detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act.

The body of 60-year-old Ruth Jacobs was found in Needham Lake on February 20, 2011. Jacobs was arrested on the same day.

A post mortem found Mrs Jacobs died from drowning.

"Ruth’s death was a tragic crime and our sympathies remain with her family and friends.

"Crimes of this severity remain a rare occurrence in Suffolk but inevitably cause concern in the local community.

"This particular case was an isolated and contained incident involving a husband and wife, with no threat to the wider community.

"Nevertheless it resulted in a lengthy investigation by the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team and I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to this enquiry.”

– Detective Chief Inspector John Brocklebank who led the investigation.

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