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A silhouette shot of 'Sarah', who has spoken about her experience with domestic abuse. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

A domestic violence survivor from Suffolk has told how family and friends intervened to help her flee a 13-year abusive relationship that left her “completely beaten”.

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Crowds of commuters wait at Liverpool Street station

A points failure at London Liverpool Street is delaying rail passengers heading towards Ipswich by more than 30 minutes.

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Buttermarket Ipswich.

Ipswich has been hailed as a great place to do business after the Buttermarket Centre was sold in a multi-million pound deal even before the final pieces are put into the redevelopment jigsaw.

Jeremy Head, who took his own life at mental health unit Wedgwood House, in Bury St Edmunds, in 2014. Picture: Ashtons Legal

The sister of a 49-year-old man who was found hanged at a mental health unit in Suffolk has said she begged for help in the weeks leading up to his death.

Broke Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich, had a Tractors in School visit - farmer John Taylor with Kara Bassil. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Hundreds of youngsters will get close-up to one of the most impressive and hi-tech working vehicles this week – as they take part in a growing education programme.

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Lauren Sherwood and Jaimin Patel (centre, arms linked) at Glemhall Hall where they met with suppliers of the St Elizabeth Hospice win a wedding competition. Picture: Echo Alfa

A Colchester couple who won St Elizabeth Hospice’s wedding giveaway last year have pledged their commitment to raising thousands of pounds for the cause in return for their special day at Glemham Hall.

President Vladimir Putin Dmitry Astakhov/ Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool photo via AP

Russian president Vladamir Putin should be offered a state visit, a Suffolk MP has said.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy challenges for the ball in last summer's match against Norwich City.  Picture: Steve Waller

It is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the season for football fans in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Ben Morris (right)

Danny Rowe, Ben Morris and Shane McLoughlin were the goalscorers as Ipswich Town’s under-23s defeated their Crystal Palace counterparts, 3-0, at Dulwich Hamlet, on Monday afternoon.

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Grant Ward crosses the ball against Norwich, earlier in the season

Improving Ipswich Town were more than a match for play-off chasing Leeds United at the weekend and, but for the crossbar and goalkeeper Rob Green, could have easily have taken all three points.

Luke Chambers

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has hailed his Captain Fantastic, Luke Chambers, as the rejuvenated Blues prepare for Norwich with a spring in their step.

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Ipswich Town fans make their way to Carrow Road football stadium in Norwich. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Any sign of trouble between Ipswich and Norwich fans during the East Anglian derby this weekend will be quickly tackled, police have warned.

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Texaco Cup final, Ipswich vs Norwich in May 1973

In the first of our Derby Day nostalgia series in the run up to Ipswich Town taking on Norwich City on Sunday, we look back to the Texaco Cup Final in 1973.

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Yesterday, 08:43
Susan Williams had a Zastava Yugo as her first car which had a habit of stopping for no apparent reason. Picture: supplied

Susan Williams

Friday, February 10, 2017
David Duggan with his 3.8-Litre American Studebaker on the base in Germany. Picture: supplied

David Duggan found switching from right to left-hand drive tricky when stationed in Germany but then fell for the charms of a large, American Studebaker.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Steve Firman had a bit of a bump in his Fiat Punto. Picture: Steve Firman

After being left feeling flat, then denting his pride along with Penny his Fiat Punto, Stephen Firman saved her from being written off and kept her on the road.

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Bee Kemball, Suffolk Show director, with marketing manager Brigit Parker and Phillip Ainsworth, CEO. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Logistics boss Bee Kemball speaks to Sarah Chambers about the preparations for her first of three years in charge of the Suffolk Show after taking over the role from Bill Baker.

Homegrown East Anglian talent: L-R Cary Grant, Ed Sheeran and Myleene Klass.

The stars weren’t always stars, and our region has played its part in shaping the careers of some of the most famous performers in this country and internationally. Take a look at 10 of the stars who began their road to fame in East Anglia.

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The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

When Alexander O’Neal hit the Ipswich Regent last night it was definitely Hearsay - in fact, 30 years of Hearsay.

Rudyard Kipling’s book was given the Oddsocks Treatment and it was fantastic to see what they could do with some instruments, small jungle set and five people; transporting the audience into the heat of the Indian jungle for fun and laughter.

From political comedy, gothic horror and open gardens to classic thrillers, music and fairs there’s lots on in Suffolk and Essex over the weekend.

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BBC Radio Suffolk has launched a campaign to find a local music hero in the county to honour with a special blue plaque for this year’s BBC Music Day.

Singer Anastacia heads to Ipswich this June. She talks about almost quitting Strictly Come Dancing and how the show helped make her feel like a woman again after breast cancer surgery.

Sport

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Paul Waring is one of the best golfers in Suffolk

Paul Waring of Suffolk and Felixstowe Ferry and Steven Cafferty from Scotland have been selected to represent Great Britain in the 23rd Summer Deaflympics to be held at Samsun in Turkey between July 18 and 30.

Jamie Smith scores one of his two tries for Woodbridge against YM

Eastern Counties 1

Ipswich YM 8

Woodbridge Warriors 27

Woodbridge opened the scoring in this fiery local derby as full-back Jamie Smith touched down after an arcing sprint saw him receive fast ball.

Esther Little in action

Coach Hayley Rigby’s U14 Girls side were the curtain-raiser for the senior men, and had a growing crowd as their game against Norfolk Iceni wore on.

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NBL Division Two

Ipswich 98

Tees Valley Mohawks 77

Leigh Greenan returned to full fitness and duly exploded for 29 points and 13 rebounds as Ipswich turned on the style and turned up the pressure to beat Tees Valley Mohawks at Copleston on Saturday.

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Titles changed hands and a vicious head kick knockout went viral around the world at BCMMA 18 in Colchester on Saturday.

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Chris Porter admitted that Saturday’s shocker at Accrington Stanley was a strong contender for Colchester United’s worst performance of the season.

Yesterday, 16:48

The Villagers of Long Melford stretched their unbeaten run to five games after sharing the points with their visitors Ely City in the Thurlow Nunn Premier.

Star Lifestyle

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Ellen's children

There are many vocations that require people to work closely with their natural opponents, writes Suffolk mum Ellen Widdup as she confesses she never follows through with her wild threats.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Sheena has just used the last of her Christmas sprouts to make a soup

Suffolk mum Sheena Grant is single-handedly tackling food waste by using up her leftover Christmas veg - in February.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Could an expanded Ipswich become a more successful retail centre?

Have you ever stopped to think what the long-term future holds for Ipswich and Suffolk? writes Paul Geater.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The natural world is the friend of the thrifty, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her endeavour to life a less costly existence.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The criticism of our parenting skils comes from all sides. We are over-involved or overly permissive. We are over-protective, over-sensitive, over-zealous. We over-diagnose, over-medicate and over-accommodate our kids, who are hideously overindulged, writes Ellen Widdup.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

For many of the councillors who gather in Endeavour House for today’s budget discussions this is THE meeting that they believe will set the tone for the next four years at Suffolk County Council, writes Paul Geater.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

In search of a new freedom, Lynne Mortimer has decided to let it all hang out... or rather, down, as she ditches the D-cups.

Business

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Buttermarket Ipswich.

Ipswich has been hailed as a great place to do business after the Buttermarket Centre was sold in a multi-million pound deal even before the final pieces are put into the redevelopment jigsaw.

Ipswich pub for sale

A landmark Ipswich town centre pub with full catering facilities and three bedroom flat is for sale, freehold, through Penn Commercial for £720,000.

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The new owners of Flawless Image in Fore Street, Ipswich. Clair Cooper, left, and Emma Tucker. Picture: FLAWLESS IMAGE

An Ipswich entrepreneur has got a new business under her name - after becoming the new owner of Ipswich salon Flawless Image.

Bloor Homes has welcomed the next generation of housebuilding talent to its ever-growing ranks.

Suffolk-based enterprise agency Menta has hailed the success of a partnership with the county branch of the Institute of Directors which offers the owners of growing firms access to free advice.

Retail entrepreneur James Timpson, whose family business has a record of working successfully with offenders, is to share his knowledge of prison reform at an event being held to raise money for the Ipswich-based charity Ormiston Families.

Housebuilding Bovis Homes has reported reduced annual profits after taking a £7m hit linked to “significant” customer complaints over the poor quality of its homes.