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The five stories you need to read today

PUBLISHED: 07:27 10 October 2018

Ed Sheeran's Chantrya Park gigs could pave the way for promoters to bring other top touring artists to Ipswich Picture: PA/BEN BIRCHALL

Ed Sheeran's Chantrya Park gigs could pave the way for promoters to bring other top touring artists to Ipswich Picture: PA/BEN BIRCHALL

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Ed Sheeran, a ladybird invasion, fireworks night and Stalin’s death mask - here’s the best stories from Ipswich and Suffolk.

A 12-man brawl in broad daylight had to be broken up by police on Tuesday, October 9, with one witness saying they even saw a person involved wielding a piece of wood with nails in it.

Police made three arrests following the fracas, but these men have now been released from custody.

Swarms of Harlequin ladybirds are appearing in Suffolk, which have invaded homes in the county after the species arrived from their native homes of Asia and North America over a decade ago.

Charles Cuthbert, a Suffolk naturalist and RSPB Minsmere wildlife guide, said: “This is the time of year when these ladybirds begin to swarm in search of hibernation sites, usually in a south-facing place in a recess around a window or doorway.”

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran has announced his fourth and final Ipswich show in August 2019.

Tickets can be bought from Friday October 12 at 10am - find out where to get them and how much the tickets are in our story.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Christchurch Park fireworks show too, with the evening of family fun set to be the biggest bonfire night celebration in Suffolk.

Tickets can be bought at any East of England Coop and on the events website.

And, in case you missed it: A death mask modelled on the face of Joseph Stalin could fetch up to 10 times its valuation at auction this week.

It is one of just 12 brass casts made of the Soviet dictator, and also comes with a pair of his brass cast hands.

New management has been found for several schools in Suffolk and north Essex formerly run by the controversial academy trust Bright Tribe.

A vehicle has spilled a huge volume of diesel on the A14 near to Ipswich.

A three-car collision between the Copdock roundabout and Wherstead caused three miles of traffic jams on the A14, just outside Ipswich.

It is a new concept in dental care and it is being introduced at Suffolk dental surgeries.

Two Kesgrave High School students have been accepted onto a prestigious national engineering scholarship after taking part in a rigorous application process.

They were a mainstay of 1950s and 60s Britain who, in the days before 24-hour convenience stores and online shopping, provided an unrivalled doorstep service.

More people have been seriously hurt on Suffolk roads over the last 12 months 
than in each of the five previous years, according to government figures.

The Citizens Advice network in Suffolk says it is “dismayed” by council proposals to end its funding support across the county.

A farm in Essex is using their animals and practices therapeutically, helping those with dementia and learning disabilities to make a difference in their community.

Staff, students and businesses from across the region have begun their fundraising for Children in Need which takes place today.

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