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Early morning A12 closure follows car fire on southbound carriageway in Essex

Traffic was diverted through Witham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Traffic was diverted through Witham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A car fire caused severe traffic disruption on a stretch of the A12 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The fire led to a full closure of the southbound carriageway between junctions 22 and 21 for Witham.

Firefighters and police were called to scene just before midnight on Tuesday.

The London-bound road was closed, with a diversion set up through Witham, via the B1389.

At about 12.30am, Highways England reported that the closure had been lifted.

Hay fever sufferers have been warned that pollen levels are very high across much of the UK and are expected to remain so into next week.

A major review of how Suffolk’s roads are maintained was launched yesterday with the county’s new highways chief claiming that there are “improvements that can and must be made”.

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed in Chelmsford.

Proposals to award Mid Suffolk councillors an allowance rise upwards of 25% have been given the green light – just days after Babergh decided the same.

Dozens of people are expected to attend a public meeting in Ipswich tonight in the wake of a recent stabbing tragedy.

Actions taken to curb violence and drug culture in an Ipswich estate will be driven by the voices of community members, leaders have vowed.

An Ipswich headmaster has spoken about the importance of restricting pupils’ mobile phone usage during school hours in light of comments made by a Suffolk MP.

White knuckle driving rallies, horse and carriage rides and a brain teasing quiz were among the special activities enjoyed across Ipswich for Suffolk Day.

A Suffolk campaign to close a loophole allowing second home owners to avoid paying tax on their property has won support in the House of Lords.

Police chiefs have been quizzed on the “high levels of casualties” in Ipswich’s “dangerous” Norwich Road.

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