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Brandon:/Braintree: Inquest to begin into 16-year-old Rebecca Watkins’ death

PUBLISHED: 16:06 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:09 17 April 2014

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An inquest is to begin into the death of a 16-year-old disabled girl who was found hanged in her room in a Suffolk care home.

Rebecca Watkins, from Braintree, was found in her room in Evergreen Children’s Home, Bury Road, Brandon, on June 16, 2009.

Emergency services were called to the address and she was taken to West Suffolk Hospital where she died the next day.

The full inquest will start at 10am on Tuesday at The Farmer’s Club, 10 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, and is expected to last a week.

A Serious Case Review carried out by the Essex Safeguarding Children Board revealed the 16-year-old, who had cerebral palsy and learning difficulties, had suffered years of neglect and abuse at her parental home.

The review stated that she should never have been moved to the home and that social services in Essex had also failed to inform the Suffolk authorities of her new placement.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

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