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Frantic Friday – travel updates for Suffolk and north Essex for the great Christmas getaway

PUBLISHED: 06:25 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 06:25 22 December 2017

Traffic on the A14 (stock image). Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Traffic on the A14 (stock image). Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

As many prepare to wrap up working for the festive break, we bring you live travel updates for Suffolk and north Essex ahead of the great Christmas getaway – which has been dubbed as Frantic Friday.

The live stream below will give you the latest on the roads and rails for Friday, December 23.

According to the AA, an estimated 13 million motorists across the UK plan to drive more than 20 miles, with Christmas shopping traffic combined with festive holidaymakers.

Advice from the road organisation is for people to check before they travel and to use alternative routes or set off at a quieter time if possible.

Highways England has lifted almost 400 miles of roadworks across the country to help minimise disruption, with Essex and Suffolk county councils also following suit and suspending all but emergency works from tomorrow.

The AA has also reiterated general winter driving advice, such as checking your lights are working, that windscreen wash and anti-freeze levels are topped up, and that tyres are at the correct pressure.

• Spotted an incident on the roads? Let us know, if it is safe and legal to do so, by emailing newsroom@archant.co.uk

A business owner and grandmother whose bag was stolen at a local supermarket has spoken of her ordeal

Check below for five stories you should have on your radar as the day gets underway.

Police are appealing for information after two incidents of violence in Colchester which they believe are linked.

Blue has been overlooked by more than 3,000 potential owners and has been left behind by 49 of his kennel mates.

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

Motorists are being warned of disruption caused by roadworks on the A1071 (Woodbridge Road), near to St Helen’s Primary School.

Hundreds of workers across Suffolk and Essex are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on.

Car thefts in Suffolk increased by 14% last year, according to latest police figures.

Last week this newspaper revealed that the total footfall at Suffolk’s Libraries was down by around 60,000 visits in 2017/8 from 2014/5.

People living in Suffolk and north Essex witnessed an unexpected display from the Red Arrows this evening.

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