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Man jailed for shaking baby and causing life-long injuries

Mark Spike Credit: Suffolk police

A 24-year-old man who was found guilty of grievous bodily harm after shaking a baby, causing her life-long injuries including partial blindness, has been jailed for two years.

Mark Spike was found guilty of grievous bodily harm at Ipswich Crown court.

Spike was charged in April 2014 following police enquiries into the injuries sustained by a baby girl in October 2013.

Paramedics had been called to an address in Newmarket in October 2013 to reports that the five-month-old girl was having breathing problems and vomiting.

The little girl is now registered blind and it is uncertain how the brain injury will affect her future development.

"One Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist concluded the appearance of the injury was highly suggestive of acceleration-deceleration that could occur with forceful shaking, and that the force required to produce these injuries would be far more than would be expected during normal play or rousing manoeuvres. The consultant concluded that these were the worst injuries seen in their career."

– Detective Inspector Adrian Randall, Suffolk police

School gets kids to stand rather than sit to tackle obesity

A school in our region has become the first in the country to champion a new programme of active movement for children as young as three.

The idea is to get kids standing rather than sitting down as a major step in tackling obesity.

Tanya Mercer has been to the Old School House Nursery near Newmarket to see the children in action.

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Thousands of morning commuters left stranded on A14 after crash

There's been travel misery for thousands of commuters today who found themselves stranded on the A14 after an early morning crash.

Two lorries were involved in the collision at junction 37 on the outskirts of Newmarket in West Suffolk.

It meant the road has been closed for a significant part of the day but has now re-opened.

A14 westbound reopened after lorries recovered from serious crash

The A14 (westbound) in Newmarket is now reopen following the recovery of two HGVs from an earlier collision.

Delays are still significant and police remain at the scene due to new reports of a broken down lorry blocking one of the lanes.

Police are still advising motorists to avoid the area due to significant delays at this time.

A14 westbound to be closed for 3 hours following serious lorry crash

Police are currently at the scene of a serious collision in Newmarket on the A14.

The crash involving two lorries happened at around 4:15am this morning near to Junction 37.

Police have confirmed the road westbound will be closed at J37 for an estimated 2-3 hours while the HGV vehicles are recovered.

Diversions will be in place off the sliproad at J37 (A142 junction).

Drivers will be able to head over the flyover and rejoin the A14 at the same junction.


Lorry blocks westbound carriageway on A14 after serious accident

Credit: @roadpoliceBCH

Police are currently at the scene of a serious collision in Newmarket on the A14.

Officers were called around 4.15am this morning to reports of a collision between two lorries near to Junction 37.

The Ambulance Service and Suffolk Fire and Rescue are in attendance. One of the lorries is currently blocking the westbound carriageway, with only one lane open.

All three lanes westbound are due to shut shortly until lunchtime for recovery of one of the lorries, which is on its side. Diversions will be put in place.

Both drivers have been taken to Addenbrooke's hospital. One of the drivers is believed to have serious injuries.

Roads: Five miles of queues on A14 westbound at Newmarket

There are around 5 miles of queues westbound on the A14 at the Exning turning at Newmarket after an accident this morning involving two lorries.

One lane has now re-opened and diversions are still in place via the slip road on and off the A142 Soham Road.

The road had been fully closed up until 7.40am after the accident at around 4.15am this morning.

Roads: A14 long delays westbound after accident at Newmarket

There are around 3 miles of delays westbound on the A14 at the Exning turning near Newmarket, that's the A142 Soham Road ( J37)

An accident between two lorries happened at around 4.30am, blocking the main carriageway.

Diversions are via the slip road off the A14 onto the A142 and back on to the slip road again.

Recovery of the vehicles began at 6.45am.

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