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It’s been a busy week across Suffolk and north Essex, here’s your catch-up guide to five things we learned this week.

If you heard the bang and fizz of fireworks but didn’t see them you probably missed the first day of the Ipswich Maritime Festival.

Yesterday East Anglia enjoyed bright and sunny spells but it looks like there could be a build-up of clouds later today.

Suffolk Constabulary chief constable Gareth Wilson writes about assaults on officers, how the force is improving its handling of non-emergency calls and the bravery of police dogs.

Yesterday, 23:08

Members of the public are being advised not to approach a Hollesley Bay prisoner, who has absconded.

Yesterday, 20:00

An Ipswich woman will appear on Channel 5’s Blind Date TV show this Saturday in hope of finding love accompanied by her guinea pig.

Yesterday, 17:41

Hilary Collins, the managing director of award-winning Colchester-based PR consultancy, Big Wave PR will be walking 286 miles over cliffs, beaches and rocks around the Cornish coastal path to raise funds for Gt Ormond Street Hospital.

A man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after his vehicle was stopped due to way it was being driving.

Yesterday, 12:24

Community charity Groundwork East - which creates green spaces - has been nominated for the FM World Not-for-Profit Business of the Year Award at the SME national awards.

Yesterday, 12:00

A married couple from Suffolk will attempt to break the record for the fastest husband and wife crossing of the English channel to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution.

Yesterday, 10:00

A beautifully designed cottage is currently on the market in Ipswich - could this be the house of your dreams?

Yesterday, 20:42

Ipswich Borough Council leader DAVID ELLESMERE writes about what needs to happen to solve Britain’s housing crisis.

Yesterday, 08:52

Businessman Ken Hewitt, who is well known in the antiques trade, has opened a new centre for antiques, vintage and retro furniture and collectables.

Yesterday, 07:35

A Colchester-based tattoo artist who decided to take up medical tattooing will be taking her services to Ipswich.

Yesterday, 17:17

Campaigners are calling for more scrutiny of police after strip-searches more than doubled over six years in Suffolk.

Yesterday, 16:42

From some special results to the birthday of Beano check out these five stories you may have missed this week.

Yesterday, 15:19

The sale of household coal could be phased out and wet wood sales restricted in a bid to cut down on pollution from people lighting fireplaces in their homes.

Fri, 17:08

Suffolk police have renewed their appeal for information by releasing a video showing Mr Wyard at the Royal George pub in Ipswich.

Yesterday, 13:24

The eighth annual One Big Multicultural Festival will be held on Sunday September 2 in Ipswich’s Alexandra Park.

Yesterday, 18:00

An army veteran from Colchester who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan has become an ambassador for an independent road safety charity.

Yesterday, 11:55

A woman who lost a third of her own weight by dropping 5st and eight dress sizes is in the running for a slimmer of the year prize.

Yesterday, 11:39

New options are being looked at to deal with recent rat problems in Felixstowe.

Yesterday, 11:39

Police were contacted shortly after 4pm yesterday by members of the public who were concerned by a glider they saw in a nearby field.

Yesterday, 06:42

We’ve had a lovely start to the day and things are looking to stay the same with a dry morning and temperatures expected to range from 22-24C across the weekend.

Yesterday, 05:48

The search is on for 10 athletes who will take part in a half-marathon to help raise vital funds for an arts charity.

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Members of the public are being advised not to approach a Hollesley Bay prisoner, who has absconded.

A man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after his vehicle was stopped due to way it was being driving.

If you heard the bang and fizz of fireworks but didn’t see them you probably missed the first day of the Ipswich Maritime Festival.

One of Suffolk’s biggest summer events takes to the water this weekend. Here’s your guide to what’s in store at Maritime Ipswich 2018.

A woman who lost a third of her own weight by dropping 5st and eight dress sizes is in the running for a slimmer of the year prize.

An Ipswich woman will appear on Channel 5’s Blind Date TV show this Saturday in hope of finding love accompanied by her guinea pig.

Suffolk Constabulary chief constable Gareth Wilson writes about assaults on officers, how the force is improving its handling of non-emergency calls and the bravery of police dogs.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst saluted his ‘warrior’ players and the Portman Road crowd following his side’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Paul Geater

There is a common misconception about elections in this country (and I suspect in most other democracies).

The news that the construction of the Upper Orwell Crossing in Ipswich is “under review” by an independent consultant working for Suffolk County Council is likely to spell the death-knell for this exciting project.

Some readers may have noticed I haven’t been exactly prolific for the last few weeks. There’s a simple answer to that – for the last couple of months I’ve been recovering after a major operation.

During a week like this, I really couldn’t resist a further comment on the extraordinary summer we have been “enjoying” as the Summer of 1976 has given us a full re-run.

The results of our survey into what people thought of this part of the world that we published earlier this week were illuminating – but hardly a major surprise.

New county council leader Matthew Hicks and his cabinet have been in control at Endeavour House for a couple of months now and are starting to make their own mark on the way the authority operates.

The fact that some pen-pushers at the Home Office decided that former Ipswich mayor Inga Lockington had not done enough to prove that she was worthy of UK citizenship came as a shock – but not a total surprise.

The Ideas for Ipswich document produced by planning consultants Allies and Morrison is packed with ideas for the future development of the town centre.

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