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Elderly woman sexually assaulted in Ipswich

An elderly woman has been sexually assaulted in her Ipswich home, according to Suffolk Police.

Police are keen for witnesses to come forward Credit: ITV News, Anglia

The woman claimed a man entered her home just before 8pm on Friday night and sexually assaulted her. The suspect is said to have fled the scene when the woman screamed.

A man arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, in his fifties, with a grey complexion, with neck-length black hair in a slicked-back style, and is believed to have been wearing a dark three-quarter length jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Richard Prouse at Ipswich CID on 101 quoting reference IE/15/529, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police warning over roadside scam

Police are urging motorists to be aware of a potential roadside scam involving men claiming to have broken down.

The warning follows a number of incidents in Norfolk and Suffolk this week where drivers have been flagged down by men from a supposedly broken down car.

Motorists are either asked for cash so they can purchase fuel, or offered jewellery in exchange for cash. The jewellery often appears to be low value – either cheap gold or polished metal – and not worth what they are asked to pay.

Two incidents were reported yesterday (Monday 2 February) on slip roads from the A146/A47 and on the A11/A47 in Norfolk between 1pm and 1.40pm.

Meanwhile, police in Suffolk dealt with an incident yesterday on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds where a patrolling officer stopped a VW seen in suspicious circumstances at the roadside just before 1.30pm.

The driver of the VW being arrested and later charged with a series of offences. The 33-year-old man from Bedfordshire was later charged with possession of articles for the use in fraud and two counts of committing fraud by false representation. He was released on bail to appear before Bury Magistrates Court on Thursday 12 February.

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Man arrested for attempted murder in Suffolk

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident at Elmswell in Suffolk this morning. Officers received a call at around 8.45am reporting that a vehicle had been seen mounting the pavement and colliding with a woman at Ashfield Road in Elmswell.

The witness said she had then seen the woman being bundled into the vehicle.

Police immediately launched a search, talking to people in the area and looking for the vehicle to trace the woman and find out what had happened.

She was found at about three o'clock this afternoon and isn't thought to be seriously injured.

Earlier in the day a man went into Bury St Edmunds police station and said he had been involved in an incident in Elmswell.

A short time later he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and was been taken into custody

A vehicle believed to be involved in the incident has also been found in Rickinghall.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident or anyone in the Elmswell area around 8.30am – 9am today (Tuesday) who may have been approached by a woman asking for help.

Essex says cuts challenge will be tough

Essex County Council faces a £49m cut in government funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.

Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.

“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”

– Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, Essex County Council

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Councils in the Anglia region face 14% cuts in government funding

The government grant to councils in the Anglia region is being cut by 14% Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.

The main grant from the government to local councils in the Anglia region is being cut by £323 million next year - a reduction of nearly 14%.

However the government says that the overall reduction in spending power for English councils will be 1.8%, with no council facing a loss of more than 6.4%.

The "spending power" figure includes other income that local councils receive like NHS grants, council tax and business rates and local fees and charges.

The Local Government Association said that the provisional finance settlement for 2015/16 amounted to an 8.8% cut in core central Government funding, bringing to 40% the total reduction in support since the coalition came to power in 2010.

New misconduct notices over custody death

Leon Briggs

Four officers with Bedfordshire Police are facing additional gross misconduct notices over the death of a man in police custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs, who died after being taken to Luton police station in November last year.

Five police officers, and a police detention officer are under criminal investigation. The IPCC says a second detention officer is no longer being investigated.

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