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Police seized about 500 cannabis plants worth in the region of £500,000 in three raids on properties in Ipswich.

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Suffolk leaders have welcomed chancellor Rishi Sunak’s commitment to policing, health, education and further Covid-19 support in today’s Spending Review, but the refusal to agree a blanket public sector pay rise has caused division.

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Leaders have called for Suffolk and Essex to be placed under the lowest form of restrictions when the coronavirus lockdown ends next week.

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The council has granted permission for Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich to be used by the NHS as the first Suffolk site to begin delivering Covid-19 vaccinations.

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An Ipswich Christmas shop which was ordered to close by the council has been allowed to reopen following a change in the government guidelines about what is classed as “essential”.

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The news that coronavirus vaccines may be rolled out in the UK next month has many people dreaming of a post-lockdown world – but should it be made mandatory?

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Colchester Zoo is bringing the animals to you for a live Facebook fundraiser to help care for its 200 species and save its future.

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Geordie comedian Sarah Millican is heading south and is bringing her new stand-up show ‘Bobby Dazzler’ to Colchester’s Charter Hall next year.

11:30

When Zoe Anderton’s lockdown baby Lottie arrived before the mum could get to hospital, dad Scott stepped in to deliver the new arrival.

Yesterday, 16:30

After 2020 we are all in need of some Christmas sparkle to boost our spirits. Here’s our guide to a wealth of festive treats that will make Suffolk families feel that the season of goodwill is here.

Yesterday, 12:00

The Little Makers will be bringing some sparkle into December with twice weekly indoor Christmas markets taking place post lockdown.

Mon, 10:22

Pop superstar Jess Glynne has announced she’ll be playing Thetford Forest as part of Forest Live next summer.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Two former Love Island stars took part in online events for a mental health awareness week in Suffolk.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Comfort viewing, listening and reading have never been more important. With so much stress around during the second Covid-19 lockdown, here are reader’s feelgood suggestions.

Sport

Mon, 18:56

Rick Andrews has this evening announced his resignation as manager of Stowmarket Town, which will come as a big surprise to all those interested and involved in the non-league scene in Suffolk.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Suffolk’s Fabio Wardley scored the biggest win of his career last night as he wiped out veteran danger man Richard Lartey in the second round of their clash at Wembley Arena.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

After a breathless chase, the pack finally tracks down its quarry — and a frenzy of licking ensues.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Football writer Carl Marston assesses the latest go-ahead for ‘non-elite’ non-league after lockdown2 is ended on December 2

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

English heavyweight champion Fabio Wardley heads into his fight with the dangerous Richard Lartey this weekend knowing that Suffolk is behind him – and he wants his achievements to inspire others across his home county.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Golf clubs should be taken out of lockdown measures and courses opened up immediately.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

FORMER Ipswich Witches speedway ace Tomasz Gollob has won his battle with Covid 19 - but admits he has lost loved ones to the virus.

Star Lifestyle

Thursday, November 19, 2020

We’re now halfway through the second lockdown and I’m now feeling both optimistic and pessimistic about the world we will emerge into once the current restrictions end on December 2.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

I’ve never been a fan of Donald Trump and I was disappointed when he was elected President of the USA four years ago. I think the world will be a better, and safer, place with Joe Biden sitting in the White House.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

So here we are, back in lockdown and facing a grim winter with little to really look forward to – because the festive season is going to feel anything but festive as it looks like we’ll have to do most of our socialising by Zoom or Microsoft Teams, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

This week we had confirmation of the 15 Ipswich projects that are being put forward to the government for funding from the £25m Town Deal funding that is due to come this way from the scheme that was announced just before the General Election was called last year.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Over the last week there have almost been times when you could park Covid-19 and feel as if “normal” politics had returned to Suffolk with rows about council candidates and an argument between a local MP and government quango.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Every week at present feels like a crucial point in the battle against Covid-19 and the struggle to keep the country together – but this week feels more important than most as the government introduces the new three-tier approach to fighting the disease, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Today East Suffolk lies at a crossroads – the future of the east of the county now seems certain to rest in the hands of London-based civil servants and ministers – and to be honest I don’t know which way they will jump when push comes to shove.

Business

19:00

Several shops have announced new opening hours for the run up to Christmas after lockdown ends.

Parts of the East Anglian economy will come roaring out of the blocks in 2021 — in spite of a huge contraction in the UK economy this year, a regional developer predicts.

The £500million SnOasis winter sports complex planned to be built in Suffolk has been rebranded under the new name of Valley Ridge.

An Ipswich Christmas shop which was ordered to close by the council has been allowed to reopen following a change in the government guidelines about what is classed as “essential”.

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Work is underway to develop a detailed bid for a new freeport on the east coast.

East Anglian businesses are braced for tough times ahead after Rishi Sunak laid out a bleak set of predictions for the UK economy in his pre-Christmas spending review.

Zero-emission planes could be operating out of Stansted within 10 to 15 years, airport bosses predict.