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A couple who sparked a full-scale armed police response over gun claims must pay £1,000 compensation to Suffolk Constabulary.

A consultation on new regulations to improve dog control at Needham Lake has been launched.


A new outdoor learning space in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park is set to improve knowledge of Suffolk’s wildlife.


A new set of electronic traffic signs have been posted around Ipswich to help warn motorists of delays, roadworks and other essential travel information.

Suffolk’s “horrified” Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has demanded EU border control reforms after a convicted paedophile banned from the UK was jailed again for returning to work with teenagers.


A day nursery is celebrating being given an outstanding grade by Ofsted at its most recent inspection.

Ipswich Town

Yesterday, 12:30

The Blues have slipped from top at the end of August to their current 12th position, but what’s going wrong at Portman Road? Sports writer Chris Brammer is here to answer your questions from midday on Wednesday.

Yesterday, 17:30

Veteran manager Neil Warnock has backed Mick McCarthy to bring success to Portman Road – but believes the Blues may need to strengthen in the January transfer window for it to happen.

Yesterday, 12:51

Josh Yorwerth can take his second chance at making it as a Championship centre-back with both hands.

Mon, 17:30

Cole Skuse has admitted Ipswich Town aren’t hitting their targets at the moment, following the latest episode in their worrying slide down the Championship table.

Mon, 10:48

Josh Yorwerth and Matt Clarke both played 90 minutes as loan clubs Crawley and Portsmouth both failed to earn victories in League Two on Saturday.

Mon, 10:30

Will Ridgard dissects Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn, where Ipswich Town’s slide continued heading into the international break.

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My first car

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Des Burnell tells us good old Mary Jane – an Austin 10-4 which was sometimes contrary, but always elegant and stately and loved by all the family.

Friday, September 25, 2015
The 1932 Austin Seven Box Saloon restored by John Pitchers and similar to the 1934 model which was his first car.

John Pitchers tells of the time his Austin Seven turned into a three-wheeler and how some passers-by gave him a lift.

Friday, September 18, 2015
A 1950 HIllman Minx similar to and old one bought by Colin Bevan which turned out to be his first, and one of his biggest, mistakes on the motoring front.

Colin Bevan tells of the grief of his jinxed Hillman Minx and how it finally brought the house down.

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There are quite a few 1960s revues touring the country these days with a number of original artists, and sometimes a couple of tribute acts, recreating the times back in the day when a number of acts would turn up at the local cinema and treat the fans to a hit-fest. Martin Hutchinson talks to some of those making up the All Star 60s Show.

The biggest mystery of the night was why there were so many empty seats for this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece.

A leading Suffolk private school has cancelled a play by an Oscar-winning and National Theatre-sponsored playwright because of fears about bad language and its subject matter which covers child abuse.

It’s one of the region’s most creative environments for music-makers, but did you know The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook stages a range of events for the public every year? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at the new season

UB40 could easily have fallen apart when frontman Ali Campbell left. Instead they felt rejuvenated.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween is drawing closer - so get into the spirit with a movie-fest this month.
Here we list 10 must-see scary movies to watch in the run-up to Halloween.


Colchester United’s squad, on the back of a successful September, have been queuing up to scoop potential awards.

A Newmarket and District SC stalwart has been honoured with a special award.

Yesterday, 11:00

Girls at a Suffolk school are celebrating after winning a hockey championship for the fourth year running.

Yesterday, 08:15

West Suffolk Swimming Club emerged as the early leaders in the 2015/16 Suffolk Winter League after the first round of competition in September.

Mon, 17:53

A round-up of all our local sides’ involved in the FA Trophy this weekend.

Mon, 17:35

Ipswich Wanderers progressed from the second qualifying round of the FA Vase thanks to a 2-0 victory over Clapton.

Star Lifestyle

Mon, 11:54

What better way to end our holiday than spending a day at Banham Zoo with three-year-old grandson George.

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ellen's children

Virtually all experiences associated with childhood come with a health warning these days, writes Ellen Widdup.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street after the Scottish referendum result - was he opening his mouth without engaging his brain?

I’ve been covering politics in this region for the best part of a quarter of a century – longer if you include my early years traipsing around the parish councils of East Suffolk.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Lynne Mortimer pointing the finger

Now hold on just one doggone moment. My pc alarm has just gone off.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Can shopping local save you money?

There’s only four days to go until the end of September, which means my month-long challenge to eat only food produced within a 30-mile radius of my home is almost over, writes Sheena Grant.



Supermarket giant Tesco revealed a 70% fall in half year earnings for its UK and Ireland business despite seeing an improvement in under-pressure sales.

Yesterday, 08:50
Amanda Bond, Visit Suffolk brand manager

The value of Suffolk’s tourism industry has grown to £1.85billion a year, according to new figures, with the total, for the 2013 season, represents a rise of £50million over 2012.

Yesterday, 08:12
Pigs Gone Wild campaign project leader  Norman Lloyd with the organisation's own pig sculpture.

Businesses are being urged to get behind a public art initiative which aims to raise £100,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

Yesterday, 06:00
The presentation of the Gold award in the Community Relations Campaign category to Essex County Council at the CIPR Anglia Thames & Chiltern Pride Awards 2015

Photo:  Steve Pope - FOTOWALES

Public relations professionals across East Anglia have received recognition in the regional round of the 2015 PRide Awards.

Mon, 13:15
New report on prosperity in seaside towns

New research has highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs in helping to revive seaside towns that have fallen into decline and unlock further potential in those already prospering.