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In today's podcast, a Cambridgeshire father has been jailed for 14 years for killing his 14-week-old daughter who died in December 2019 after suffering a catastrophic brain injury - with the child's Suffolk-based mother being given a community order for child cruelty.

Christopher Easey, 31, of Ely Road, Little Thetford, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today and was jailed for the manslaughter of his baby daughter Eleanor.

He also received a one-year custodial sentence for one count of child cruelty to run concurrently with the manslaughter sentence.

His co-defendant, Eleanor’s mother Carly Easey, 36, of Elizabeth Drive, Chedburgh, near Bury St Edmunds, received a 12-month community order at the court today as well.

In another story, former health secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has apologised for people’s “pain and anguish” during the coronavirus pandemic, after the High Court ruled the Government’s care home discharge policies were unlawful.

On Wednesday, the High Court found that policies in March and early April 2020 were unlawful because they failed to take into account the risk to elderly and vulnerable residents from non-symptomatic transmission of the virus.

Mr Hancock told the BBC the pandemic was “incredibly difficult” for many people, adding: “I’m very happy to reiterate my apology, as the Prime Minister has done, as I said on Wednesday, for all of the pain and the anguish that it caused.”

And finally, Constable's largest-ever painting has gone on display for the first time after a painstaking 270-hour restoration.

The masterpiece, measuring eight-foot-wide and five-foot-long, depicts the opening of Waterloo Bridge in London in 1817.

It is the largest known work by Suffolk-born artist John Constable, who is famous for his landscape paintings.