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16:46

The row over free school meals during half term and at Christmas has reached the steps of Ipswich Town Hall as protestors left empty plates to signify that children could go hungry because they may not be fed over holidays.

15:38

A carpenter who exposed himself to three children in one afternoon has avoided going straight to jail.

The coronavirus case rate in Ipswich has nearly doubled in the last week – although it remains less than half of the national rate.

19:59

The mother of a 22-year-old Ipswich man whose body was found in the River Gipping said she had an “awful feeling” that it was her son when she heard a body had been discovered.

Pub and restaurant owners across Suffolk have been praised for their help in providing free school meals to vulnerable children this half term.

A Suffolk man who served the community he loved with passion and enthusiam for decades has died at the age of 86.

St Helena will be sold at selected East Anglian stockists over the coming weeks.

Ed Sheeran has retained his title as the richest young British star - increasing his estimated worth by £40 million in the past year to £210 million.

18:00

Readers have been sharing their morris dancing memories, following our recent article about the much-loved folk tradition.

Six people have died with coronavirus at Colchester Hospital since mid-October - the first Covid-related deaths in more than two months.

Police are appealing for witnesses after 10 vehicles were damaged during a night long crime spree in Haverhill.

16:30

The opposition leader at Ipswich council has urged the authority to accept it is impossible to make long-term plans because of Covid-19 and to concentrate on immediate financial issues.

The covid-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our lives but the rules on face coverings have left many spectacle wearers facing a daily struggle. So just how do you stop your glasses steaming up when wearing a face mask?

Police are hunting for a man who pulled a knife on a 13-year-old boy near an Ipswich pub.

Revolution Bars has confirmed its Ipswich branch will remain open after fears were raised of an impending closure.

13:37

The A140 is expected remain closed at Earl Stonham until this evening - which will be more than 24 hours after a 55 tonne crane overturned damaging the road.

12:27

More than 60% of the trees in a conservation area in Needham Market could be felled after they were deemed not suitable for protection orders.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Luke Deal had to make a dramatic early exit from his breakfast show on Saturday after discovering his house was on fire.

A dog food maker has snapped up another family-run operation in East Anglia to create a giant £24m turnover business with a combined workforce of 90 people.

Construction workers have installed a temporary bridge across the River Cam so that they can start work on an historic Cambridge college.

A 4,000 gallon tanker and a jetting truck holding 800 gallons of fresh water have been deployed on a clean-up operation on Ipswich’s giant bridge.

Over 200 people have signed a petition in opposition to plans to increase the annual parking fee for car parks in East Suffolk.

With just days to go until Halloween celebrations begin, we are on the hunt for some of the best pumpkin carvings in Suffolk.

Stansted’s income could take a multi-million pound hit next year as duty-free shopping ends and coronavirus continues to bite.

07:30

A bid to allow The Range on the Anglia Retail Park to sell more food as part of its link-up with Iceland has been made to Ipswich Council.

Paul Geater

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.

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.

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.

This week we’re all being asked our opinions on proposals for new projects for Ipswich that might be funded with £25m as part of a Town Deal scheme using direct government investment.

This week’s news that the rail franchise system is effectively dead and is to be replaced by a new “commissioning” model with the government engaging companies to run specific services has been lost in all the other news about Covid, but it’s a really big deal for travellers, says Paul Geater.

It is a feature of the world we live in today that opinions (amplified by social media) have become more entrenched, in many cases more extreme, and that far too often what should be a rational debate can end up as a rather unpleasant name-calling exercise.

This is a column that has changed radically in my head from when I first thought: “What should I write about this week?” on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone who has heard, or read, what Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has been saying over the last few months will not have been surprised at his broadside at the BBC over the weekend.

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