Tom Potter East Suffolk reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @TomPotterEADT Rise in theft and weapons crime higher in Essex and Suffolk than nationally Yesterday, 18:34 Tom Potter Crimes including theft and weapons possession have risen more sharply in Suffolk and Essex than on average across the rest of the country. Pot smoker caught with drugs in Celebrations box told to ‘grow up’ as father left to settle fine Wed, 17:48 Tom Potter A jobless drug user has been told to ‘grow up’ and start paying his way after leaving his father to settle a court fine for cannabis and cocaine possession. Children young as seven asked to strip by strangers on video chat sites Wed, 12:25 Tom Potter Lessons on staying safe from sex abuse should be as common as teaching children to cross the road, a children’s charity has urged, after figures revealed 168 offences were recorded against four to eight-year-olds in Suffolk since 2015. Past catches up with hotel guest who skipped £735 bill for luxury stay Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Tom Potter A hotel guest has been ordered to settle the £735 bill he avoided paying for a four-star weekend break in the Suffolk countryside. £660 bill for man’s angry outburst over wrongly delivered Indian meal Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Tom Potter A Suffolk man has apologised for his reaction to a takeaway food mix-up, which prompted him to call 999 after an Indian meal was wrongly delivered to his address. Shirtless drunk walked towards traffic, ‘chanting and foaming at mouth’ Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Tom Potter A Felixstowe man has been fined for ‘celebrating’ the end of a night shift by getting so drunk he stripped to the waist and walked into traffic. ‘Nonsense’ talking drunk found with broken bottle neck in trouser pocket Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Tom Potter A Suffolk man was found with a broken bottle in his trouser pocket following a vodka fuelled dawn rant at supermarket staff. Learner driver, 84, convicted of drink driving after 400-yard trip home from hotel Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Tom Potter A Suffolk man has been convicted of drink-driving at the age of 84. ‘Use of force’ concerns in police watchdog report following custody visits Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Tom Potter Police have promised to address concerns about the detention of suspects after an unannounced custody inspection. NYE party-goer accused of biting off top of woman’s finger Monday, October 1, 2018 Tom Potter A Suffolk woman has been accused of biting off the top of another woman’s finger at a New Year’s Eve event. Proposals for body-cam footage to be used for stop-and-search scrutiny Thursday, September 27, 2018 Tom Potter Body worn camera footage could be used to scrutinise future use of stop-and-search powers by police in Suffolk. Day in cell for man who broke rarely used law by soiling church floor Thursday, September 27, 2018 Tom Potter A man banned from an entire city centre for persistent begging has appeared in court for defecating on the floor of an Ipswich church. ‘No substance’ to claim uniform policy threatens prison guard trainees Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Tom Potter University course leaders have rejected claims that student safety could be jeopardised by a policy to wear uniform on campus. £100,000 of undeclared cash found in bed linen carried on tractor at port Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Tom Potter Authorities have seized £100,000 of cash found hidden inside packs of bed linen at Harwich International Port. Ipswich man convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Tom Potter An Ipswich man has been convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys. Teenage boys’ sexual assault claims refuted by accused Ipswich man Monday, September 24, 2018 Tom Potter Two teenage boys have been accused of making up claims they were sexually assaulted by an Ipswich bar manager. Knife crime cautions and convictions climb to eight-year high in county Saturday, September 22, 2018 Tom Potter Cautions and convictions for knife crime in Suffolk last year reached their highest levels since 2010. One in 50 fraud reports end in police charge or summons, figures reveal Friday, September 21, 2018 Tom Potter About one in every 50 reports of fraud resulted in police charging a suspect in Suffolk last year, according to new figures. Six-month ban for van driver caught speeding seven times along A12 Friday, September 21, 2018 Tom Potter An Ipswich van driver has been banned from the road after being caught speeding along the A12 on seven occasions in a month. Teenager in court to face Bury St Edmunds attempted rape charge Friday, September 21, 2018 Tom Potter A teenager has appeared in court accused of attempting to rape a woman in Bury St Edmunds. More reports of ‘Nottingham Knockers’ targeting Suffolk households Friday, September 21, 2018 Tom Potter More reports of doorstep callers selling household products and claiming to belong to a rehabilitation scheme have been made in parts of Suffolk. Animal ban after Staffies found ‘chronically undernourished’ Thursday, September 20, 2018 Tom Potter An Ipswich man has been banned from keeping animals after his two dogs were found emaciated and chronically undernourished. Empower Suffolk hub aims to enhance knowledge of coercive control Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Tom Potter An information and support hub has been set up to enhance understanding and treatment of emotional and psychological abuse. ‘Changing way society talks is first step to breaking suicide stigma’ Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Tom Potter The founder of a peer support group for those bereaved by suicide has urged people to think carefully about language used to discuss the subject. ‘Keep dogs and cars’ call as hare coursing reports more than double Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Tom Potter Tougher punishment for hare coursers is being called for after reports of the crime more than doubled in a year across Suffolk. Drink-driving wine shop boss crashed car after private tasting party Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Tom Potter A Felixstowe wine merchant crashed his car while three-and-a-half times the drink-driving limit following an evening tasting session. Housing firm and sales boss deny hiding plans for play area on estate Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Tom Potter A Suffolk housing developer has denied misleading house buyers by omitting plans for a children’s play area on a large green space. April ‘fool’ sent to jail for 80th offence of driving while disqualified Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Tom Potter A kitchen porter has been jailed after being caught driving for the 80th time while disqualified. Missing child case every eight hours in Suffolk during first half of year Monday, September 10, 2018 Tom Potter More detailed analysis of missing children cases has been commissioned as figures showed police dealt with more than 1,500 in the first six months of the year. Suffolk man denies ransacking woman’s flat and stealing underwear Monday, September 10, 2018 Tom Potter A man has denied stealing underwear and other clothing from a woman’s flat in Ipswich.