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John Ball and his search and rescue dog Darcy are part of the UK's International Search and Rescue team which has now reached earthquake-hit Nepal. pic: Jessica Lea/DFID

Bentley firefighter takes family dog Darcy on Nepal rescue mission

A Suffolk rescue dog handler has spent the past week in earthquake-struck Nepal to help the international rescue mission.

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George Osborne visits Asda Colchester where he helps out with the Click and Collect service.  Pictured with Tom Adkins home shopping driver.

Election 2015: George Osborne’s trip to Colchester to try to upset the odds

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made one last trip to Colchester today in a desperate bid to beat the odds and win the seat for the Tories.

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Fire fighters with equipment from the Second World War at the scene of the fire at the Public Hall, Ipswich in 1948. (Photo from the Albert Jasper collection)

Gallery: Kindred Spirits - Looking back at the day the Public Hall in Ipswich, which later became home to Primark, was destroyed by fire

Disaster hit the Ipswich town centre on February 26, 1948, when the Public Hall in Westgate Street was destroyed in a fire, which lost the town an excellent feature.

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The street party in Sherborne Avenue, Ipswich. Christine Gammie is the girl in the striped cardigan

Let the celebrations begin - precious pictures capture joy of peace as VE Day is celebrated at street parties in Ipswich

It was a celebration like no other. After nearly six long, dark years, the war was over – and it was time to party time in Ipswich.

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The Election count at the Princes Theatre in the Town Hall in Clacton following last year's by-election

Election 2015: How does the election counting process work?

An army of council workers are preparing to spend tomorrow night sorting ballot papers and counting votes following a day of voting in Suffolk and north Essex.

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Mock general election vote at St Albans Sixth Form, Ipswich. Kit Lee-Smith and Caitlin Marron

Children have their say in mock elections at St Alban’s Catholic High School

More than 75% of students got involved in politics and voted in their own mock election ahead of today’s national event.

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Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor during a press call for the UK Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

Video: Robin Windsor could still feature in Strictly Come Dancing, the Ipswich dancer reveals

Ipswich dancing star Robin Windsor has been told he will remain part of the Strictly Come Dancing “family” despite his axe from the celebrity ballroom show, it can be revealed.

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Dotty Otley, played by Louise Jameson, in Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, at The Colchester Mercury

Review: Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, Colchester Mercury, until May 16

If comedy is hard, as the old actors adage states, then farce has to be the ultimate challenge. Noises Off has frequently been voted The Funniest Play Ever Written, and therefore presents any new production with a tough act to follow. But, any fear melts away within seconds as director Daniel Buckroyd and the all-star cast unveil a disciplined, wonderfully inventive performance which leaves the audience in hysterics.

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Kacey Ainsworth as Sally (Chief Of Staff) and Gerald Kyd as Michael (Prime Minister) in

New Wolsey premiere asks: ‘What would happen if a PM chose policy over personality?’

They say we get the politicians we deserve. Next week The New Wolsey Theatre unveils a powerful, darkly comic new political thriller which poses a very timely question: “Do we want politicians that talk policy or merely trade on their personality?”

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Louise Jameson, Hywel Simons and Sarah Jayne Dunn in rehearsal for Colchester Mercury's production of Michael Frayn's classic farce Noises Off

Colchester Mercury has all-star cast for the ‘funniest play ever’

Michael Frayn’s 1982 farce Noises Off, which made its debut at London’s Savoy Theatre, in The Strand, has on more than one occasion been described as the funniest play ever written.

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Priti Patel meets Joey Essex during tonight's show. Picture: ITV/Lime Pictures.

TOWIE star Joey Essex meets prospective Witham MP Priti Patel as he learns about politics

Reality TV celebrity Joey Essex tries to bring politics to a simpler level.

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Luke Hughes in the former Reflections night club in Duke Street, Ipswich which is set to be turned into a live music venue.

Boost for live music in Ipswich as 450-capacity venue The Music Room is launched

The live music scene in Ipswich is set to get a boost with the arrival of a new 450-capacity venue.

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Polling stations open at 7am tomorrow

Election 2015: Get live updates from the election counts across Suffolk and north Essex tomorrow night

Tomorrow night as the ballot papers are verified and counted, we will have reporters and photographers out in force ensuring we are first with the election news for Suffolk and north Essex.


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Fire fighters with equipment from the Second World War at the scene of the fire at the Public Hall, Ipswich in 1948. (Photo from the Albert Jasper collection)

Gallery: Kindred Spirits - Looking back at the day the Public Hall in Ipswich, which later became home to Primark, was destroyed by fire

Disaster hit the Ipswich town centre on February 26, 1948, when the Public Hall in Westgate Street was destroyed in a fire, which lost the town an excellent feature.

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Jason Dozzell

Dozzell: I was brought up to hate Norwich – please let us beat them

Ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Jason Dozzell was brought up to hate Norwich City – and he’s got a feeling that his beloved Blues can get the ultimate bragging rights over their bitter rivals over the coming two weekends.

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A strong police presence in Portman Road at this season's Ipswich v Norwich derby

Police warn Ipswich Town and Norwich City fans disorder will not be tolerated

A senior police officer has warned Ipswich Town and Norwich City fans violence, alcohol-fuelled disorder and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on Saturday.

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Bryan Hamilton

Ipswich Town boss’ play-off experience could be key against Norwich City, says Bryan Hamilton

Former Ipswich Town favourite Bryan Hamilton believes Mick McCarthy’s nous could prove to be the Blues’ joker in the pack, ahead of their play-off showdown with Norwich City.

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Will Ipswich be going to Wembley?

What is your greatest play-off memory? Ipswich Town fans have been sharing their proudest moments

Will it be mind over matter as Ipswich Town take on Norwich City in the first leg of the play-off semi final this weekend?

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Queue for Play off tickets home leg at Ipswich

Gallery - Hundreds of dedicated Ipswich Town fans queue from 2am as Norwich playoff tickets go on sale

Tickets for the home leg of the most important Ipswich-Norwich derby in decades went on general sale today.

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Tom Eastman scores in the 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe last month

Colchester United’s Tom Eastman is tipped ‘for the top’

Tom Eastman is destined to play at the top level – so insists Colchester United team-mate, George Moncur.

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Rebecca Sherwin

Felixstowe Academy schoolgirl going to European Games in Baku, with Team GB

A Suffolk schoolgirl has been selected to represent Great Britain at the inaugural European Games, which begins in June.

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Sean Clohessy, who has left Colchester United with a year still to go on his contract

Sean Clohessy released by Colchester United

Experienced defender, Sean Clohessy, has been released by Colchester United following the end of this season.

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