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Morning round-up: Five must-read news and sport stories

PUBLISHED: 07:42 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:42 09 August 2018

Princes Street near St Francis Tower in Ipswich  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Princes Street near St Francis Tower in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Just waking up or on the way to work? Here’s five must-read news and sport stories for the morning.

St Francis Tower, Ipswich  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSt Francis Tower, Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

1. Cladding to be stripped from St Francis Tower in Ipswich amid safety fears following Grenfell tragedy

Material known as ‘cladding’ will be removed from Suffolk’s tallest occupied block of flats over safety fears prompted by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we can reveal.

It is due to be stripped from the 17-storey St Francis Tower in Ipswich from next week, and the removal process is expected to take six to eight weeks.

2. Grandfather dies after being found unconscious at Ipswich home

A 74-year-old grandfather has died after being found unconscious outside his home in Ipswich.

Retired dock worker Clive Wyard, who was found collapsed outside his home in Ipswich Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILYRetired dock worker Clive Wyard, who was found collapsed outside his home in Ipswich Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

Witnesses following the death of a man who collapsed on the driveway of his home in Valley Road, Ipswich.

Clive Wyard, 74, was found by passers-by shortly at 7.15am on Friday, July 20, with injuries to his face and head.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment, where he has since passed away.

Suffolk Police Federation chairman Darren Harris condemned any attack on an officer or member of staff Picture: DARREN HARRIS/SUFFOLK POLICE FEDERATIONSuffolk Police Federation chairman Darren Harris condemned any attack on an officer or member of staff Picture: DARREN HARRIS/SUFFOLK POLICE FEDERATION

3. More body cameras pledge as ‘unacceptable’ attacks on police rise

A pledge has been made to invest more in body cameras amid a rise in the number of attacks on officers.

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore is pledging to do all he can to protect officers and staff after Home Office figures showed more than 300 assaults were reported in the county last year.

4. Blues admit defeat in bid to sign Tilt from Blackpool... but Hurst still wants a defender

Ipswich Town are ready to admit defeat in their bid to sign defender Curtis Tilt from Blackpool.

Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt is a target of Ipswich Town. Picture: Blackpool GazetteBlackpool defender Curtis Tilt is a target of Ipswich Town. Picture: Blackpool Gazette

But Town boss Paul Hurst is still known to want at least one more defender ahead of today’s 5pm transfer deadline.

5. Don’t forget to follow all the transfer deadline day action with live updates throughout the day

Will Jonas Knudsen and Joe Garner leave the Blues? Will Josh Windass sign? Stay up to date.

Ipswich Town could be set for a busy transfer deadline day. Picture: PAIpswich Town could be set for a busy transfer deadline day. Picture: PA

Two Ipswich residents have been left with bills of more than £1,000 between them after subjecting their neighbours to late-night, high-volume music by Status Quo and Natalie Imbruglia.

Police were unable to act on five cases of adults having sex with teenagers in their care over the last four years due to a legal loophole, the NSPCC has revealed.

Eagle-eyed shoppers will have noticed that the former Grimwade’s store in Ipswich town centre is fast transforming, and Pret A Manger will soon be opening their first store in town.

From rambling stories about dispensing sockfulls of change into an ATM to regaling the vagaries of living with a jazz musician, Irish funnyman David O’Doherty’s latest bonkers brand of comedy proved a hit.

An Ipswich teenager representing the town at the UK’s Youth Parliament has called for more action on knife crime during a debate in the House of Commons.

A crunch summit between Shotley Pier stakeholders is being held to try and decide on the plans for the future of the Suffolk tourist attraction.

Table tennis, jamaoke sessions and a ‘Quizzee Rascal Wednesday’ are all on offer at new Waterfront bar Wiff Waff opening tonight (Friday).

The new-look Cornhill will host thousands of people next week for the Ipswich Town Hall Christmas lights switch on.

If you are a parent of a three or four year old you will have received a letter from Suffolk County Council about school places this week. But what do you do next?

Ice skating has become a staple tradition for many families at Christmas and pop-up ice rinks are set to appear everywhere from Felixstowe, where skating is free, to Newmarket.

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