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Social mobility scheme extended to Ipswich and the Fens

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme aimed at helping schoolchildren reach their potential is to be extended to Ipswich and the Fens.

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Norwich was part of the first wave of funding and now Ipswich, and Fenland and East Cambridgeshire will also get help to improve schools, careers advice, mentoring and set up apprenticeships.

The government says it is extending the scheme as part of its plan to help Britain succeed once it has left the EU.

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Clergyman to stand trial over filming in public toilets allegations

The Very Rev Martin Thrower

A Suffolk clergyman has appeared in court and denied filming men in public toilets for sexual gratification.

The Very Rev Martin Thrower from Hadleigh pleaded NOT guilty to two charges of voyeurism at Norwich Crown Court.

The 55-year-old was arrested in August last year after alleged incidents in Ipswich.

His trial has been set for June. As part of his bail conditions he's not allowed unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18.

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Suffolk clergyman due in court accused of filming men in toilets

The Very Reverend Martin Thrower.

A clergyman from Suffolk is due to appear in court accused of filming young men in public toilets.

The Very Reverend Martin Thrower from Hadleigh has been charged with eight voyeurism offences dating back to 2014, including six alleged incidents last year.

He is alleged to have filmed a 17-year-old boy in an adjoining cubicle in public toilets at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich.

He's expected at Ipswich Crown Court this morning.

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