Appeal gets football boost

SOMEBODY'S Daughter is an appeal that was launched in the wake of Ipswich's darkest days.Outrage over the killings in the red light area was channelled into a desire by many people across the community to do something to help the women who found themselves dragged into the sex trade.

SOMEBODY'S Daughter is an appeal that was launched in the wake of Ipswich's darkest days.

Outrage over the killings in the red light area was channelled into a desire by many people across the community to do something to help the women who found themselves dragged into the sex trade.

When The Evening Star and Ipswich Council launched the appeal, we looked for support across the community.

No organisation has shown more commitment to Somebody's Daughter than Ipswich Town Football Club, whose chairman David Sheepshanks is one of the trustees of the appeal.

Now the club is to show further backing to the appeal at next week's local derby match against Colchester United by wearing our special “Somebody's Daughter” t-shirts during the pre-match warm-up.

This match has a special link with the appeal because one of the victims, Anneli Alderton, was originally from the Essex town.

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Ipswich Town's backing for the appeal has been crucial throughout the last few months - as a high profile business based on the edge of the red light area it helped give Somebody's Daughter an early boost and ensure everyone in the area knows about it.

By boosting it again at the Colchester match, Town will ensure that fans are reminded that there is something positive they can do as the tragic anniversary of the deaths nears towards the end of the year.

AS the inquiry into the expansion of Stansted Airport comes to an end today the battle to bring back some peace to Suffolk's skies continues.

Stansted bosses want to be able to handle an extra 10 million passengers a year using the existing runway - but that could bring an extra 75,000 flights with all the disruption that will bring those living under the flightpaths.

The Evening Star supports the airport at its present level of activity, but feels that any expansion is totally unjustified - especially because there is little public consultation before residents find their peace shattered by the constant roar of passing jet planes.

Our Air Fair campaign will continue to focus on the blight to this once-peaceful corner of the country caused by the growth in cheap flights.

Which is why we hope the inspectors and the government will tell operators BAA to stick to the present limits and allow no extra flights from Stansted.

BUILDING more homes and commercial premises on the site of the Ipswich Village car park clearly looks attractive to site owner Ipswich council as it tries to maximise the value of its property.

But before any move is made there, officers will have to look very carefully at the options. Is there really a need for yet more new flats and businesses? Is it wise to build yet more properties so near a river where there have been floods in the past?

And, most crucially, what will happen to the drivers who park there five days a week. The main station car park is unable to cope with the demand for parking, and the Ipswich Village park is the overspill park for the station.

If that is redeveloped then those cars will have to go somewhere.

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