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Gallery: A dramatic fire in Trimley and a “mega” happening in the world of birds - the photos behind the headlines

08:00 23 June 2013

A blaze engulfed outbuildings at The Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary. Photo by Nigel Pickover

A blaze engulfed outbuildings at The Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary. Photo by Nigel Pickover


Our weekly look back at the photos that made the headlines.


In the biggest mass arrival of twitchers seen in the county for years, people converged on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s isolated Trimley Marshes reserve to see a Pacific swift, a species seen so rarely in Britain that it is referred to in birding circles as a “mega”.

And the landlady of the Three Mariners in Trimley praised fire crews for saving the pub after a devastating blaze this week. It came the night before the Memorial Hall was targetted. A mna has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on bail.

More than 2,000 women and girls took part in the Race for Life at Chantry Park in Ipswich – raising about £130,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called after a lorry overturned at the Copdock interchange, blocking the slip road between the A12 and A14.

Isobelle Creamer conquered a five-mile charity walk to mark her treasured sister’s milestone birthday.

She walked from her home to the EACH children’s hospice in St Augustine’s Gardens and on to Ipswich Hospital to raise money for Epilepsy Sucks.

Amelia Jane Austin-Ryder, nine, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was “absolutely thrilled” when Malcolm, the horse she rides at Hill Farm Stables in Elmswell, popped by last week as she recovered from a major operation.

Staff and students at Easton and Otley College’s Otley campus helped raise more than £3,000 for Guide Dogs – and Otley the puppy visited the site this week.

Green-fingered youngsters at Snape Primary School have been getting some first-hand experience of where their food comes from.

Hundreds of tiny tots are set to benefit from The Happy Hearts fundraising mission which will provide quicker treatment for heart conditions thanks to a £40,000 charity appeal.

School pupils from years 10 to 13 were guests for a special Creative Media Showcase day where creative arts were the focus of a special open day at UCS on the Waterfront.



Pair claimed a neighbour in Wellington Street, Ipswich had a gun

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

Joe Underwood outside the new wildlife education hut in Christchurch Park.

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

The new electronic road sign in Rushmere

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

Call for tightening of UK border controls

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.

Bridge Farm Day Nursery in Martlesham is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ grade in its most recent Ofsted inspection

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

Pupils and staff at Thomas Wolsey School on the site of the teepee that was vandalised.

The headteacher of a special school in Ipswich left devastated after a much-loved teepee was destroyed in a fire has thanked the community for its fundraising help.

The large scale police operation in Potash Road, Wyverstone.

A Suffolk police officer whose enquiries led to the discovery of more than 400 firearms - one of the biggest weapon finds the UK has ever seen - is set to be recognised.


Sites for more than 1,000 new homes on the Felixstowe peninsula have at last been revealed – with farmers’ fields set to disappear to make way for the growth of the resort.

The dog walking group.

The woman in the playing field looks respectable enough. “Expensive-looking hair”, I think; “pricey jacket”. Her dog is big and rangy. He gambols around her feet, before bounding several feet away and squatting, writes Matt Gaw.

A seal boarded Terry Davey's boat in the River Orwell.

A 71-year-old rower was joined by an unexpected companion while taking on a life-long dream to scull solo from Woodbridge to Ipswich in a boat of his own design and building.

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