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Suffolk coffee group meet to pick up rubbish worth eight tonnes

Video report by ITV Anglia's Liz Summers.

A Suffolk coffee group have managed to pick up eight tonnes of litter after swapping gossip for gloves to help clean up their community.

Self proclaimed 'rubbish friends' Fiona, Etta and Julia from Newmarket used to meet up once a week for a catch up and some cake.

But a few years ago they had the idea of using that time to do something more productive - now the group has grown and they're out every Friday keeping the countryside clean.

"We were always talking about the litter in the countryside, which we just felt was getting worse and worse and one day we just said 'why don't we just go out and pick it up instead of sitting around moaning about it,' so that's what we did."

– Fiona Unwin, Founder, Rubbish Friends

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Man charged with double murder says his name isn't "Ali Qasimaj"

A man charged with the double murders of a couple from Suffolk, has told the judge his name is Vital Dapi. Credit: Suffolk Police

A 43-year-old man, charged with the double murders of a couple from Weybread in Suffolk, has told the judge he isn't Ali Qasimaj but is "Vital Dapi."

Sylvia and Peter Stuart. Credit: Suffolk Police

Peter and Sylvia Stuart were reported missing on June 3. Peter's body was found in woodland not far from the couple's home. He'd been stabbed to death.

Although Sylvia hasn't been found yet, detectives believe she was murdered.

Ali Qasimaj was arrested in Luxembourg last month and extradited to the UK yesterday.

He was charged with both murders this afternoon at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

He appeared at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon.

When asked "are you Ali Qasimaj?" The defendant replied through his Albanian interpreter, "no, my name is Vital Dapi."

He's been remanded in custody to return to court on 19 August, where he's expected to enter a plea.

Man in court charged with murder of Weybread couple

42 year old Ali Qazimaj is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates' this morning Credit: Suffolk Police

A man is due in court charged with the murder of an elderly Suffolk couple after he was extradited from Luxembourg to the UK.

42 year old Ali Qazimaj from Tilbury, Essex, is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates' today (July 22). Qazimaj was extradited from Luxembourg back to the UK on Thursday.

The charges relate to the deaths of 75 year old Peter Stuart and his wife Sylvia, who was 69.

Peter was found with multiple knife wounds in woodland near his home in Weybread, Suffolk, on Friday June 3. Police are continuing to search for Sylvia, who was last seen on May 29 and is also feared to have been killed.

Peter and Sylvia Stuart Credit: ITV News Anglia

Weapon used in RAF Marham incident was a 'military-type knife'

At a press conference this afternoon, police have confirmed the weapon used in what they believe to be an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday was a 'military-type knife.'

It had a 3in handle and a blade that was between 2.5 and 3inches long.

The Norfolk and Suffolk major crime unit are dealing with the incident, which they say has left the serving RAF personnel "shaken up."

The victim, who's in his 20s and is married, was out jogging on one of his regular running routes, when he was approached by two men who threatened him with a knife.

Police confirmed that one of the suspects shouted at the serviceman, before placing a hand on the victim's shoulder and forcefully pulling him with a degree of force down to the vehicle.

The victim managed to break free and run off.

He didn't hear what was shouted at him because he had headphones on during the attack.

The victim managed to break free, he fought free from the attacker, and left him on the floor. There was physical contact.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police say they have no reason to think the attackers wouldn't still be in the area.

They are currently looking for the car driven by one of the attackers.

It's difficult to envisage a situation where there wasn't an element of pre- planning. That that is speculation.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

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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

Man accused of killing Suffolk couple brought back to UK

It's alleged Mr Qazimaj killed Peter and Sylvia Stuart. Credit: Suffolk Police

A man accused of murdering a couple from Suffolk is due to be brought back to the UK today.

Ali Qazimaj from Tilbury in Essex was arrested in Luxembourg last month.

The country's Court of Appeal have upheld the decision to extradite him.

Mr Stuart's body was found in woodland close to his home in Weybread.

His wife Sylvia's body is yet to be found.

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