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Things we’ve learned this week – A quick catch-up guide to the week’s stories

Mark Cordell outside an empty shop in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Mark Cordell outside an empty shop in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

It’s been a busy week across Suffolk and north Essex, here’s your catch-up guide to five things we learned this week.

Bury BID chief executive Mark Cordell. 
Picture: OUR BURY ST EDMUNDSBury BID chief executive Mark Cordell. Picture: OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS

1. Calls were made to “use or lose” town centre shops in Bury St Edmunds following the exit of another business

Frustrated business leaders say government, councils and landlords should be doing more to prevent shops from moving out of town following the relocation of Intersport.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds BID group, said there needs to be a commitment from the local community “to use their town centre”.

2. Concerns were raised over plans to house sex offenders at a Suffolk open prison

The Prison Service has confirmed Hollesley Bay is among several open prisons being used to accommodate the growing numbers of sex offenders in the criminal justice system.

In a letter to Hollesley Parish Council, governor Declan Moore said there would be no increase in prisoner numbers and that all sex offenders would be “suitably risk assessed”.

Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP. Picture: Gregg BrownTherese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP. Picture: Gregg Brown

But Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, penned a letter to Prisons Minister Rory Stewart asking him to look again at the proposals.

3. A body was found in an Ipswich river

Joe Pooley, aged 22, from Ipswich, was found at around 10.30am on Monday in the River Gipping, near to London Road.

Police are continuing to appeal for information following the discovery of his body.

Mr Pooley’s body was first spotted by a dog walker near Suffolk Retail Park, walking along the footpath behind Argos, Dunelm and The Range.

Joe Pooley, from Ipswich, who was found in the River Gipping   Picture: Suffolk policeJoe Pooley, from Ipswich, who was found in the River Gipping Picture: Suffolk police

A post-mortem examination carried out concluded that the likely cause of his death was immersion in water.

4. Suffolk students’ A-level results were better than the national average – with more than ever achieving the highest grades

Education chiefs revealed that there had been a 3% increase in those gaining the top grades of A* or A.

In Essex, more than one in four A-levels were awarded top grades – as overall results exceeded the national average.

Students celebrating at Clacton Coastal Academy Picture: HAMZA SLIMStudents celebrating at Clacton Coastal Academy Picture: HAMZA SLIM

5. Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst called his players “warriors” after yesterday’s draw with high-flying Aston Villa at Portman Road

The Blues exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of Exeter City on Tuesday night – a performance which was heavily criticised by Hurst.

But the new Blues manager was delighted with the reaction of his team on Saturday, who were forced to play more than 50 minutes with 10 men following the sending-off of Tayo Edun.

Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the Town fans after the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMTown manager Paul Hurst applauds the Town fans after the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Firefighters now believe a blaze above a high street shop in Ipswich was started deliberately.

Work to complete the final section of the Cornhill revamp in Ipswich has started with the arrival of the first part of the “Four Gateways” artwork which is going up outside Debenhams.

Fares on Ipswich Buses are going up again at the end of November – for the second time in nine months.

People are being warned of rail delays after police attended to an incident involving ‘disruptive passengers’ on a Greater Anglia service.

Midwives have shared a rare glimpse into the plight of babies born addicted to drugs at our hospitals.

Plans for a new brain injury rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich have been boosted thanks to some large donations towards the cost of the build.

As the country pulls together for Children in Need, one Ipswich business is raising funds by encouraging employees to bring a few cuddly friends to work.

Free tickets to go and watch the mighty Tractor Boys play at Portman Road are being given to nearby schools.

A nursery in Felixstowe has been put into special measures after it received its second “inadequate” Ofsted inspection this year.

An Ipswich man suffered cuts and bruises and two broken teeth after being attacked by a neighbour, it has been alleged.

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