Speculation is mounting that retail magnate Mike Ashley could be considering making a bid to take over the former BHS in the Butter Market and turn it into a major new Ipswich site for his brands.

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Medication for common illnesses such as asthma and high blood pressure are being rationed by pharmacies across Suffolk due to a shortage in supply.

Suffolk police launched a controversial new scheme in 2017 to recruit and train detectives without the requirement of having two years' experience of working as beat officers in uniform. A new crop of 16 recruits have now started their training and Michael Steward visited police headquarters to find out more.

A teenage drug runner was caught with cannabis and more than £600 in cash at Stowmarket railway station by a sniffer dog, a court heard.

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An Ipswich community cafe is calling on more customers to sit and talk with each other in a bid to combat the loneliness issue in the area.

Yesterday, 19:30

Ipswich council's investment arm has been accused of damaging the town centre by allowing a "money-grabbing" deal that has seen Burton and Dorothy Perkins leave their store on the Cornhill.

Yesterday, 16:30

A drink-driver who crashed his car on the A14, while carrying his six-year-old son as a passenger, has been banned from the road for almost four years.

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Ipswich Town host Oxford United this weekend in another vital League One clash. ANDY WARREN looks at the major talking points heading into the contest

Yesterday, 16:59

The League One promotion race is beginning to hot up with 11 teams all looking to still be in the mix as we head for the final run-un. STUART WATSON takes a look at the contenders' recent form, fixtures ahead and what each manager has been saying.

Yesterday, 16:55

Football writer Carl Marston has visited 121 Football League grounds, many of them reporting on Ipswich Town. Here he spotlights Oxford United's Kassam Stadium, ahead of Oxford's visit to Portman Road this weekend.

Yesterday, 15:00

Mark Heath, Andy Warren, Stuart Watson and Ross Halls are back with another edition of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Yesterday, 14:26

Idris El Mizouni is currently impressing on loan at Cambridge United. ANDY WARREN looks at how the Ipswich Town youngster is getting on.

Yesterday, 14:06

Town bounced back from Sunday's heavy FA Cup exit in the best possible way as they claimed a third East Anglian derby triumph of the season with a 10-0 victory over rivals Norwich City at Plantation Park.

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My first car

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Remember when cars seemed to be part of the family, and even had nicknames? Here are memories from around the area of the vehicles our mums, dads and grandparents drove when we were young.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Milo the blue Ford KA was a loyal companion from start to finish for photographer Rachel Edge, as she reveals in the latest in our My First Car series.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Laurence Price's metallic blue 1968 Ford Anglia 105E had a habit of reverting to battleship grey but some of their adventures had an added sense of danger.

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Yesterday, 19:30

The release of Parasite in cinemas this weekend has opened the eyes to mainstream cinemagoers to the joys of world cinema. Here are some critically acclaimed movies which provide audiences with easy access to foreign language films

Yesterday, 19:03

Are you looking for weekend inspiration? Here are 10 ideas - ranging from stage shows to a Market for Mums, and a full-scale circus.

Yesterday, 12:59

Superheroes, Star Wars droids, Dr Who's Tardis, lightsabre training and Harry Potter wand workshops are just some of the attractions at Capcon, a new Cosplay and movie prop convention being staged at Trinity Park.

Yesterday, 00:14

It's not often that a town like Ipswich gets to enjoy the appearance of a genuine Americana performer, making the lengthy flight from stateside to East Anglia.

Yesterday, 07:30

The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket is to host one of the UK's most famous and influential folk rock bands at a one-off gig in May.

Wed, 18:58

Families are packing into the big top to enjoy all the fun of the circus at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Wed, 18:20

The Bury Festival celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. They have come up with a vibrant programme of star names and first-class talent as well as a mini festival-within-a-festival to ensure that the programme delivers something for everyone


Yesterday, 13:22

The postponement of the Revel Outdoors mountain bike racing, due to be held last Sunday, opens an opportunity to highlight the Sporting Courses (SPOCO) East Competition, writes Fergus Muir.

Yesterday, 12:28

IT'S electrified the speedway scene... JASON CRUMP'S return to the UK this summer with Ipswich Witches... MIKE BACON caught up with him to speak to the 3x former World Champ...

Yesterday, 07:30

Join host MIKE BACON and co-host CARL MARSTON as they are joined by Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews.

Yesterday, 06:30

Suffolk & Ipswich Senior Division preview for the weekend

Wed, 14:55

Suffolk heavyweight boxer Fabio Wardley has the biggest fight of his life so far when he meets Simon Vallily for the English heavyweight title in April. MARK HEATH went to meet him.

Wed, 13:33

In this week's column, Nino Severino talks about the launch of his new Sports Skills 4 Business programme, and how he drew on the words of sporting greats Pep Guardiola and Usain Bolt to kick things off.

Wed, 12:15

Sports writer MIKE BACON reflects on the impact a returning Jason Crump could have on Ipswich Witches and speedway in general in 2020

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Yesterday, 05:30

Anyone who was at last week's budget meeting of Suffolk County Council (or who has seen any of it on the authority's webcast) will have seen that things are getting a bit tetchy among some of the members of the ruling Conservative group.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Transport and environmental issues have been all over the news locally and nationally over the last week - and sometimes it's been incredibly difficult to work out the logic behind those who take positions on these issues.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The UK is no longer formally a member of the EU - but in actual fact it remains tied very closely to Brussels for the next 11 months and quite what will happen then is still up in the air.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

There will be some who think I will be celebrating at the news that the Northern Route across Ipswich is set to be finally killed off by Suffolk County Council next month. I won't. I've always been a classic fence-sitter on the subject.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Before I start this week, let me be quite clear. I like trains. I've always liked trains - from the most modern and fast to narrow-gauge steam trains chugging through Snowdonia.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

As someone born in east Suffolk and who has lived in Ipswich for the last 33 years, I feel I have built up an understanding of the town and my fellow residents.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

MPs returned to Westminster this week, and we really are seeing business returning to something approaching normality in the political world.


34 minutes ago

An Ipswich community cafe is calling on more customers to sit and talk with each other in a bid to combat the loneliness issue in the area.

Hopes are high that an upsurge in the sale of 'real' bread and a growing interest old bread-making techniques is leading to a revival in the fortunes of traditional bakeries.

Just two vacant units are left from the third phase of development at a Suffolk business park.

Yesterday, 05:29

The premises of two popular restaurant chains in Ravenswood have been put on the market - just months after the owners announced more than 100 closures.

Yesterday, 16:05

Cautious Suffolk residents were quick to report scammers claiming to be from a payment protection insurance (PPI) claims company.

Yesterday, 07:59

An Ipswich energy firm has joined a bid to help youngsters develop their skills and become more employable.

Wed, 16:31

The former owner of an estate agents which went bust owing thousands of pounds after being sold to an ex-employee has spoken of the challenges overcoming the damage caused.