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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

  1. Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

    Reading celebrate Danny Williams' winner against Ipswich

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

    Danny Williams scores a 95th-minute winner against Ipswich as Reading edge to victory in a game of contentious penalties.

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  2. Cyclist receives fractured skull and broken leg in Stanton collision

    A cyclist, thought to be in his mid-teens, is being treated in hospital, after receiving a fractured skull and broken leg, when he was hit by a car in Stanton last night.

    Police say the crash, involving a BMX cycle and a Ford Focus, happened at around 21:35, on Bury Road.

    The driver of the car, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of cannabis.

    He's been bailed to return to police on 29 October, to allow further inquiries to be carried out.

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    The team here in Ipswich is signing off until Monday morning at 08:00.

    Before we go - a reminder of our two main stories:

    • Former teacher Gerard Singer has been jailed for 29 years for sexually abusing pupils at St George's School in Great Finborough
    • Jan Adamec, 40, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, has received a prison sentence of three years, four months, for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a collision in Newmarket in July

    Scroll down for more on these, and other stories, from across the county.

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Lowestoft victim of acid attack writes book about abusive relationships

    A Lowestoft woman, who was the victim of an acid attack as she waited for a bus in 2014, has written a book about the effects of abusive relationships.

    Adele Bellis after and before attack

    The former boyfriend of Adele Bellis was jailed for life in October last year, for planning the attack.

    Last year, after Anthony Riley, 26, of Raglan Road, Lowestoft received his jail sentence, she told the BBC: "I have got so many questions that go round in my head.

    "I could either have dwelled on it, or just get on with my life."

    Her book, entitled Brave: How I Rebuilt My Life After Love Turned to Hate, is published later this month.

  5. Shaun Whiter still suffers from 'flashbacks and nightmares' following crash, court hears

    In a victim impact statement read to the court, Shaun Whiter, who wasn't present at Cambridge Crown Court, said he still suffered from "flashbacks and nightmares" following the crash.

    Joey Abbs sat with his head in his hands as the sentence was read to the court, while members of the victims' families were seen wiping away tears throughout the hearing.

  6. Judge says Adamec's actions were 'despicable'

    Judge Jonathan Haworth told Jan Adamec that his actions were "despicable", adding: "You were driving along that road in a manner that was patently dangerous. 

    "You were driving, according to some witnesses, well in excess of 60mph."

    An eyewitness reported seeing Adamec driving without headlights and veering across the road in the moments before the collision.

    Both Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs were wearing high-visibility vests when they were hit, and had placed a light on the road to alert drivers.

    Judge Haworth told Adamec: "You reversed, you drove around the injured men, lying on the ground and you drove off."

    Adamec had also ignored a police appeal for information, and had attempted to flee from officers when they visited his address.

  7. Verdict will allow crash victim 'to move on', says solicitor

    The solicitor representing Shaun Whiter, who had his lower legs amputated after being involved in a hit-and-run collision, says today's sentencing of Jan Adamec, the driver involved, will "allow him to move on from the accident, and focus instead on the rehabilitation journey involved".

  8. Weather: Rain expected on Saturday

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening and tonight it will be dry with clear intervals, but cloud will thicken with patchy rain spreading into western parts of the county later. Areas further east will remain largely dry. 

    Light to moderate southerly winds. Lows of 15 to 17C (59 to 63F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be a cloudy, wet day with outbreaks of rain expected on and off through much of the day, although the heaviest rain will be in western parts, while areas near the east coast will remain drier. 

    Moderate southerly winds. Highs reaching 24C (75F).

  9. Victims of Gerard Singer 'should feel very proud they have helped bring him to justice'

    Police say the sentencing today of former teacher Gerard Singer has brought to a close "one of the longest child sex abuse investigations carried out by Suffolk Police".

    Gerard Stringer

    Det Const Karen Crowther added: "I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us.  

    "Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

    "They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than three decades.”

  10. Police say Shaun Whiter's family are 'disappointed' by Adamec sentence

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Shaun Whiter's family are "disappointed" by the sentence given to Jan Adamec at Cambridge Crown Court today, say police.

    PC Ashley Bennett, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, added: "Three years, four months, whilst it seems like a long sentence, with good behaviour that's reduced, and I think considering the severity of the injuries, it could almost have been a fatal collision.

    "I think yes, they're disappointed."

  11. Shaun Whiter 'couldn't face' seeing Jan Adamec, says police officer

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    PC Ashley Bennett, one of the officers who attended the scene of the collision on 1 July in Newmarket, said it was "absolutely horrifying".

    Since then he's been involved with the investigation, and has also been in contact with the families of both Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs.

    He added: "It's been extremely difficult seeing Mr Whiter and Mr Abbs as they are. As well as the physical injuries, there's the emotional and mental injuries that they're also suffering. Both men are absolutely distraught.

    "Mr Whiter couldn't even be here; he couldn't face seeing Mr Adamec today."

  12. Crash victim 'still coming to terms with his injuries', says solicitor

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Returning now to the sentencing of Jan Adamec, a statement read out by Eleanor Howie, solicitor for one of his victims, Joey Abbs, said: "This is an incredibly sad case in which the careless actions of a driver left two young men with serious and life-changing injuries. 

    Joey Abbs

    "Joey is still coming to terms with his injuries and the long road to recovery he now faces.

    "The guilty plea entered by the driver spared Joey and Shaun the stress and anxiety of a long trial and the sentence handed down today has helped him draw a line under what has been a very difficult time. 

    "We are working with Joey to help him to overcome his injuries in the best way he can and we will be looking to help him to access the funds he will require for his ongoing therapy and recovery."

  13. 'Victim is a word I don't like' says man abused by teacher

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The man who spoke to the BBC about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Gerard Singer says he prefers to be thought of as a witness, rather than a victim.

    "Victim is a word I don't like because it's a very strong word and a very negative word that you get branded with," he said.

    "I was a witness to a series of events."

  14. Man abused by teacher relieved to 'be believed'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    One of the men abused as a boy by boarding school teacher Gerard Singer said: "The important thing for me was I've been believed".

    The offences were committed at St George's School, at Wicklewood, near Wymondham, between 1978 and 1981, where it was based before it moved to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

    Victim of Gerard Singer in a car

    The man said of the abuse: "It affects you in many, many ways - how you lead your life, how you interact with people - it's always at the back of your mind.

    "Because of what happened, to be able to trust other people has been very difficult; almost impossible. 

    "Because I was at a school, I had trust in a person and that trust was abused and I was abused as part of that. 

    "Even all these years down the line, you think there's an ulterior motive for just about everything that happens."

  15. Teacher is third to be convicted for offences at boys' boarding school

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Gerard Singer is the third former teacher to be convicted of sex offences against pupils at St George's School:

    • Former headmaster Derek Slade (pictured left) was found guilty in 2010 of abusing 12 boys and was jailed for 21 years. He died in March.
    • Alan Brigden (pictured right), who taught maths, was jailed for five years in 2012 after admitting 14 sex crimes against two boys.
    • In 2011 another teacher, Alan Williams, killed himself after being arrested on suspicion of sex assaults at St George's. 
    Derek Slade (left) and Alan Brigden (right)
  16. Teacher bribed boys with gifts, court heard

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    The trial of Gerard Singer heard how he gave boys gifts, including a calculator and sweets, to win their favour.

    He has been given a sentence totalling 29 years after being found guilty of 27 offences, including gross indecency and performing oral sex.

    One witness told the trial in July that he was given wine, tied face down on a bed and, when he woke up, he had a "pain in his bottom".

  17. Teacher given 29-year sentence for boarding school sex abuse

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    Former boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been given a 29-year sentence for sexually abusing pupils.

    Judge Martyn Levett said 21 years must be served in custody, and he'll be expected to serve two-thirds of that before he can be considered for parole.

    He'll then face a further eight years, after the 21-year term, on licence.

    Ipswich Crown Court

    Singer was found guilty of 27 offences which took place at St George's School between 1978 and 1981 when it was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, before it moved to Great Finborough, Suffolk.

    His trial at Ipswich Crown Court in July heard the offences included gross indecency and performing oral sex.

  18. BreakingEx-teacher jailed for boarding school sex offences

    Ex-teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been given a 29-year sentence for sex offences carried out at a boarding school based in Norfolk and then Suffolk in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    Singer was told he must serve 21 years of that time in custody.

    More to follow.