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Yesterday, 20:55

Firefighters tackled a “needless” blaze at the former Manganese Bronze plant in Ipswich on Sunday night.

The fire in the top floor of the two-storey derelict building, behind houses on Hadleigh Road, was caused by trespassers.
 The fire was reported at around 5.30pm on April 30 and six crews, including an aerial appliance, were expected to battle the blaze for several hours last night.
 Station Commander Jon Southgate, of Princes Street station, said the fire was caused by someone deliberately or accidentally setting the fire.
 “There are numerous discarded needles around the site and from experience we know there will be needles inside as well,” he said. “We will not be entering the building because I want to ensure the safety of our firefighters. 
 “It is a shame that we are now going to have four crews fighting a completely needless and preventable fire.”

Yesterday, 19:08

It may have been a forgettable season finish for Blues fans at Portman Road on Saturday – but one moment of magic should cheer even the most desolate of supporters.

Yesterday, 16:08

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell helped give Ipswich Labour Party a big boost at the start of the General Election as the star guest at the town’s May Day Festival in Alexandra Park.

Yesterday, 23:28

A 333 mile journey home for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finished on Saturday when the Hike4Hopey charity walkers arrived at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Yesterday, 09:00

Gaunt, haggard and caked in blood, Simon Goldsmith looked barely alive – and he still had the “world’s dullest marathon” ahead of him.

Yesterday, 16:31

A critical care nurse is to take on her first ever open-water swimming challenge in memory of her best friend who she lost to meningitis.

Yesterday, 16:00

Explore the world of coding at the Waterfront Raspberry Pi event

Yesterday, 15:31

Could you open your home to one of these cats and dogs all looking for new homes?

Yesterday, 15:25

A Harris hawk and kestrel have been brought in to frighten them away in Lowestoft.

Yesterday, 14:34

Shop fitting for the high-end fashion retailer Joules is underway in Ipswich after boards with the shop’s branding were erected last week.

Yesterday, 12:38

Firefighters were called to tackle a fire started in some reeds in park space off Whitland Close, near Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, this morning.

Yesterday, 11:24

A special two-day exhibition held earlier this month celebrated more than a century of Rushmere Heath’s history.

Yesterday, 21:22

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested after their yacht ran aground on the Suffolk coast today.

Yesterday, 10:00

Motorists travelling in Suffolk and Essex during the coming week are being advised of a number of planned roadworks, which may cause disruption to journeys.

Yesterday, 10:00

If you take a walk around Suffolk’s county town you cannot fail to notice some of the public artwork on display.

Yesterday, 08:36

The founder of an award-winning project will be undertaking an epic 235-mile trek from Ipswich to Dorset with her family this summer to raise cash and awareness for the cause.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The motorcyclist who died following a serious collision with a car north of Ipswich on Saturday afternoon was a 26-year-old man from the town, police have confirmed.

Yesterday, 16:18

One sixth form in Ipswich experienced the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with its own red carpet event last week for its film students.

Yesterday, 12:20

An army of volunteers is needed to help say ‘Thank You’ to the armed forces – past and present – at a major event this summer.

Yesterday, 17:18

Former Bread star Giles Watling is hoping to make it third time lucky when he tries again to be elected as Conservative MP for Clacton next month.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The growing list of new stores for the Anglia Retail Park on Bury Road has expanded further with B&M starting to fit out the former Comet store on the site.

Yesterday, 06:00

A new display window on Ipswich Waterfront has been created to tell the story of the growth of Cliff Quay and the modern Ipswich port.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Having been a top TV producer in London, Rachel Aldridge knows better than most what it takes to run a successful shoot. Jason Noble caught up with her to find out how the film industry can thrive in Suffolk

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A student from Chelmondiston who was born to a British mother but has struggled to acquire British citizenship has described the overwhelmingly positive reaction to her plight.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Players from across the country came to Suffolk last week for the first ever Special Olympics Badminton Tournament – with some securing places in the national finals in Sheffield this August.

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Firefighters tackled a “needless” blaze at the former Manganese Bronze plant in Ipswich on Sunday night.

The fire in the top floor of the two-storey derelict building, behind houses on Hadleigh Road, was caused by trespassers.
 The fire was reported at around 5.30pm on April 30 and six crews, including an aerial appliance, were expected to battle the blaze for several hours last night.
 Station Commander Jon Southgate, of Princes Street station, said the fire was caused by someone deliberately or accidentally setting the fire.
 “There are numerous discarded needles around the site and from experience we know there will be needles inside as well,” he said. “We will not be entering the building because I want to ensure the safety of our firefighters. 
 “It is a shame that we are now going to have four crews fighting a completely needless and preventable fire.”

The motorcyclist who died following a serious collision with a car north of Ipswich on Saturday afternoon was a 26-year-old man from the town, police have confirmed.

Eddie Maher, the fugitive thief who was jailed for stealing almost £1.2m in Suffolk, has been freed after serving half his five-year prison sentence, according to reports.

Suffolk Senior Cup Final

Achilles 2

Crane Sports 1

Achilles lifted the 2017 Suffolk Senior Cup at Portman Road this afternoon after defeating Crane Sports 2-1.

Ipswich Town’s home campaign finished with a typically forgettable 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Blues reporter STUART WATSON gives his verdict.

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested after their yacht ran aground on the Suffolk coast today.

A student from Chelmondiston who was born to a British mother but has struggled to acquire British citizenship has described the overwhelmingly positive reaction to her plight.

A special two-day exhibition held earlier this month celebrated more than a century of Rushmere Heath’s history.

Paul Geater

It’s been a funny old start to the 2017 General Election campaign after Theresa May’s shock announcement just over a week ago

Political analysts in London and in the major cities of the Midlands and the North of England are already describing the 2017 poll as the “Brexit Election” – but in this part of the world it is likely to be about many other issues, writes Paul Geater.

After my stunning success in predicting last year’s big polls (I put money on a remain victory in the referendum and was sure Hillary Clinton would win the presidency) I was determined to give up my crystal ball. Writes Paul Geater

This week we had the publication of a new report by the British Heart Foundation saying that about 40% of people in Britain are putting their long-term health at risk by physical inactivity, writes Paul Geater.

During my lifetime there seem to have been several revolutions in television-watching behaviour – but I do wonder if we are now in the middle of the biggest hiatus of all for the industry.

I live about two miles from our office in Portman Road, and in November last year I started walking to work, writes Paul Geater.

The county council election campaigns in the region – and across the country – start today. But I’m not sure any politicians are really facing up to the biggest issue they face.

The campaigns for the 2017 county council elections are about to get under way – and look certain to be hard-fought as every party has something to prove.

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