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Suffolk woman jailed for three years for assaulting 90-year-old woman in her care

Dorothy Kerridge. Credit: Suffolk Police

A woman from Suffolk has been jailed for three years for assaulting a 90-year-old woman in her care.

56-year-old Dorothy Kerridge from Saxmundham was charged with three counts of assault, one count of ill treatment and one count of neglect between November 2012 and February 2013.

She was working as a live-in carer for an elderly lady suffering from dementia in Ipswich at the time.

She was found guilty of two counts of assault at Ipswich Crown Court in April.

The alarm was raised when the victim's family noticed bruises on her face, legs, arms and feet on numerous occasions.

The victim told her family that she had been slapped by Kerridge and hit with a stick.

Kerridge denied the charges, claiming they were the result of falls.

"This was a particularly distressing case, in which an extremely vulnerable person was abused by someone who was entrusted by family and friends to care for her.

Carers across the county do a fantastic job of supporting people who need assistance, but Kerridge completely abused this position of trust over a number of months. My thanks and praise go to the family of the victim who reported their concerns and assisted us throughout the investigation. This has been an extremely traumatic time for them and I hope that today’s court result will go some way to help them recover.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Jim Gooding

Suffolk: Scheme launched to help Council tenants buy their own home

A scheme has been launched in Suffolk to help Council tenants buy their own home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme has been launched in Suffolk to help Council tenants buy their own home.

Both Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils got money from the Government's 'Right to Buy' fund which means they can make one-off payments of up to £20,000 to those wanting to buy.

This two-year funding opportunity is aimed at those who are eligible for the 'Right to Buy scheme' and wish to buy a property on the open market.

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Norfolk: Organisations along the Broads encouraged to apply for extra funding

Sunset on the Norfolk Broads at Brundall near Norwich. Credit: Liz and David Woolfall

Organisations along the Norfolk and Suffolk broads are being encouraged to apply for money to keep them going into the future.

The 'Love the Broads' scheme was set up to support wildlife and educational projects in the area.

In the last two years eight different groups have received nearly £12,000 in grants.

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