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Joe Garner

Joe Garner's clever finish and an Adam Matthews own goal condemn Sunderland to a fourth defeat in five games at home to Ipswich.

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Severe accident: A146 Suffolk both ways

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A146 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between A145 George Westwood Way and A143 Yarmouth Road affecting A143.

A146 Suffolk - A146 Norwich Road in Beccles blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the A145 George Westwood Way junction and McDonalds Roundabout, because of an accident. Congestion to the A143 junction and to the Lowestoft Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man arrested after suspect package left in Sudbury bank

Police have arrested a man after a suspect package was left in Barclays Bank in Sudbury on Wednesday.

Officers were called to the Market Hill branch at about 13:10, although it turned out the package, which was left in a rucksack, was not dangerous.

A 41-year-old from Sudbury has been arrested on suspicion of placing an article with intent and communication of false information and he is being questioned in Bury St Edmunds.

Barclays Bank on Market Hill, Sudbury

Car driver makes mugger give up handbag in Haverhill

A car driver's arrival caused a mugger to throw away the handbag he had just stolen from a woman, in her 70s, in Haverhill.

The victim was pushed and had her bag snatched on Mill Road at about 12:20 on Wednesday.

As the mugger was running off, a man in a car stopped and began reversing, at which point the suspect threw the bag into an alleyway before running down Mill Road into the area of a disused warehouse and footpath.

Suffolk Police says the mugger is described as white, over 40, of heavy build and wearing a green parka-style jacket with a hood which has light-coloured fur trim.

Babergh leader believes people will vote for council merger

Suffolk Free Press

Babergh leader John Ward says he believes the public will vote in favour of plans to combine Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils into one authority, once they have seen the evidence of the proposal’s benefits.

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Burley and Osborne at Sporting Memories Launch

Blues legends George Burley and Roger Osborne and former Olympian Professor Bill Tancred MBE will be helping to launch new sporting memories groups in the county’s libraries next week.

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Hadleigh deputy mayor resigns following row with town councillors

Suffolk Free Press

A row over the suspension of work on a town plan for Hadleigh has resulted in the deputy mayor resigning.

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East of England supermoon views

'Super blue blood Moon' over the East of England
The rare lunar event called the "super blue blood Moon" was a heavily gift to photographers around the world.

This is how the Moon looked when captured in the skies over the East of England.

Benjamin Britten

Donald Macleod on two influences in Britten's music: Suffolk and his partner Peter Pears.
Donald Macleod reveals some of the wealth of music English composer Benjamin Britten wrote during his remarkably successful career in the light of two enduring influences - his life partner, the tenor Peter Pears and his beloved native county of Suffolk.  

The BBC helped advance Britten's career by broadcasting two chamber pieces he had composed whilst still a student at the Royal College of Music. He was soon writing soundtracks for the GPO Film Unit as well as incidental music for the theatre, TV and radio. Donald introduces music from those early years including one of Britten's best known soundtracks for the GPO - 'Night Mail', and two works written during his wartime years in America - the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, written for Pears, and his first opera, based on the story of the mythological lumberjack, Paul Bunyan.

The first ever Aldeburgh Festival took place in June 1948. Donald Macleod introduces part of Britten's cantata St Nicholas, premiered on the opening night, plus extracts from two operas, both set in Suffolk - the dark tale of Peter Grimes, set in a fishing village based on Aldeburgh and the comedy Albert Herring, about a socially inept young man destined to be crowned May King.
By 1952, when the Aldeburgh Festival was in its 5th year, Britten was nearing forty. By then, he and Pears were very much part of the fabric of the community there. Donald Macleod introduces Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, which was premiered at the festival that year, extracts from two more operas - the first based on Henry James' ghostly novella Turn of the Screw and the second on Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, plus another fairy-tale work - the ballet Prince of the Pagodas, complete with magical evocation of the Balinese gamelan.

In September 1960, Britten had the good fortune to meet the Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich who became a close friend and inspiration behind five works for cello, and a song cycle for him and his wife, the singer Galina Vishnevskaya. In the fifth programme, Donald introduces the final song from the cycle - The Poet's Echo - together with part of the Cello Suite No.2, plus an extract from the intensely moving War Requiem and the second of Britten's church parables, The Burning Fiery Furnace.

Britten had struggled with ill health throughout his life. He put off much needed heart surgery in order to complete his final opera, Death in Venice, premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1973. In the fifth programme Donald Macleod introduces an extract from that work which features the last major role he would write for his life partner Peter Pears, plus a movement from one of his rare late chamber works, the string quartet no.3, and an excerpt from a performance of his dramatic cantata Phaedra, sung by its dedicatee, Janet Baker.
Aerial View of the Site from South East

The project, which gets nearly £10m, is one of 13 schemes in the East to receive government money.

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Concerns over level crossings after Halesworth 'near-miss'

East Anglian Daily Times

The MP for Suffolk Coastal has urged the public to use level crossings safely, after a teenage girl narrowly missed being hit by a train at Halesworth last month.

Coal fire

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

Burning wood and coal in people's homes will come under scrutiny as part of a government drive to improve air pollution.

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Ipswich Town sign Gambian winger

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town completed the signing of Mustapha Carayol around two hours before the transfer window closed last night.

The 29-year-old Gambian has agreed a deal until the end of the season, after being released by Nottingham Forest.

He's likely to make his Blues debut at Sunderland on Saturday.

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Flynn Downes has made 12 appearances for Ipswich Town this season

Luton sign Liverpool's Lloyd Jones and Plymouth's Jake Jervis for undisclosed fees, while Flynn Downes joins on loan from Ipswich.

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Mustapha Carayol (left) and Barry Cotter

Ipswich Town sign Nottingham Forest winger Mustapha Carayol and defender Barry Cotter from Limerick.

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George Fowler in action for Aldershot Town

National League side Aldershot Town sign defenders George Fowler and Lewis Kinsella on permanent deals.

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Danielle Perrett and Richard Barton-Wood

Danielle Perrett, who has performed for The Queen, was found guilty along with her ex-fiance.

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Incidents, including one where a man was found dead in freezing conditions, prompts the meeting.

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Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook

The 50 "gold" coins and pottery had earlier been buried by the crew of the BBC show Detectorists.

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Meet Ed Sheeran's furry friend everybody

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It's ginger, it's fluffy, it's adorable - but it's not Ed.

Mr Sheeran was not at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night to collect his two Grammy awards.

The singer/songwriter won best pop solo performance for Shape of You and best pop vocal album for his album Divide (÷).

Reacting to the news, he posted the above pic, alongside the caption: "Woke up to the news I won two grammys last night. Thank you ! This little fluff-ball is doing a bit of a celebratory dance, lots of love to everyone xx"

Will be ever win anything for his other track Purr-fect?

Crash in Newmarket to leave road shut 'for some time'

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on the A1304 at Barbara Stradbroke Avenue, Newmarket.

It was reported to police at about 05:45.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said the road was "expected to be closed for some time and diversions are being put in place".

Currently the road is closed off south of the incident at the roundabout with the A1303, and north of the incident, with traffic being diverted on to Hamilton Road.

Severe accident: A1304 Suffolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A1304 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between B1061 Dullingham Road and A1303.

A1304 Suffolk - A1304 High Street in Newmarket blocked westbound between the B1061 Dullingham Road junction and the A1303 junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Great North Sea flood of January 1953 remembered in Felixstowe
More than 300 people were killed when the tidal surge hit England's east coast on 31 January 1953.
Ipswich market moved during town centre refurbishment
Ipswich market has a temporary new home while the town centre undergoes a £3.6m refurbishment.

More than 100 items stolen from museum

Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket targeted
The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket says several of its collections have been affected by a thieves who broke into four of its buildings.
In total 135 items are thought to have been stolen, many of low value.
The thieves also stripped lead from the roof of Abbot’s Hall at the museum, causing damage to the roof and brickwork.
Lisa Harris, the collections manager at the museum, told BBC Radio Suffolk the thefts were "really quite heartbreaking".
Jeremy Barnard

Julian Sturdy

BBC Look East

The brother of a man whose body was found in a garden says someone must be held accountable.

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Creative subjects being squeezed, schools tell BBC

Four in 10 Suffolk schools have made cuts to at least one creative subject and more than a quarter have cut back on specialist staff, a BBC survey suggests.

Pupils doing an art class

More than half the mainstream state secondary schools in Suffolk responded to the BBC survey asking about changes to their creative arts subjects in the past five years.

The 24 schools - which represent the education of almost 22,000 children - said it was due to the government's focus on "core" subjects, which count more towards league tables, and less school funding.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said between 2016 and 2020 the government would have spent £400m on arts and music education.

"Since 2011, the proportion of pupils in state-funded schools taking at least one arts subject has increased," she said.

How Hadleigh's Guildhall is losing thousands of pounds a year

East Anglian Daily Times

It is one of Suffolk’s finest medieval buildings and has survived civil wars, a fire and revolutions.

But the charity charged with its upkeep is losing thousands of pounds a year, meaning the Hadleigh Guildhall needs to find new ways of making money.

Meeting over ambulance patient safety concerns

An urgent meeting to discuss patient safety concerns at the East of England Ambulance Service is being held today.

It follows accusations from a whistleblower that up to 20 people in the eastern region died while waiting for an ambulance over the Christmas period.

The ambulance service is responsible for dealing with patients from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.


The "quality summit" includes representatives from NHS England and health watchdog the Care Quality Commission, and is being held in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire.

A ambulance service spokeswoman said: "We welcome this opportunity with NHS England, NHS Improvement and stakeholder organisations to establish the known risks to quality and patient safety at the ambulance service, and work together to ensure our top priority is excellent patient care and outcomes for people in the East of England."

Is that big enough for you?

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The biggest of secrets is out.

BBC Music has today announced some of the massive names to perform at four locations across four UK nations for four radio stations on ONE Biggest Weekend at the end of May.

Radio 1 fans will be treated to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift in Swansea, while Noel Gallagher heads up Radio 2's coverage in Perth and 6 Music boast Beck, Courtney Barnett and Manic Street Preachers for their big gig in Belfast.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy will be sent to Coventry to perform for Radio 3.

Ed Sheeran said: “So excited to be part of The Biggest Weekend this summer! I’ve always loved performing at Big Weekend with Radio 1 and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Bring it on Swansea!”

Manic Street Preachers added: “The Biggest Weekend is in Belfast, which is good in itself. We’ve played there a lot over the years, we did one of the greatest gigs ever there back in The Limelight in 1990. And then we’ve had subsequently just lots of great gigs there, just amazing ones. It is good to spread 6 Music’s message far and wide.”

Check out the full lineup above, which will have more names added to it over the coming weeks and months.

Read more and watch our handy guide to applying for tickets above.

We'll hear from some of the key players throughout today but in the meantime here's 10 reasons to get excited.

Some of these lot below will probably have already applied, so best foot forward people...

@bbcmusic @beck @PSB_HQ @NoelGallagher @taylorswift13 @courtneymelba @elizacarthy @MrWongo @Manics Wow, Swansea cleaned up!

@bbcmusic @beck @PSB_HQ @NoelGallagher @taylorswift13 @courtneymelba @elizacarthy @MrWongo @Manics Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran 🙌😎😍

@bbcmusic @beck @PSB_HQ @NoelGallagher @taylorswift13 @courtneymelba @elizacarthy @MrWongo @Manics Check out the li……

@bbcmusic @beck @PSB_HQ @NoelGallagher @taylorswift13 @courtneymelba @elizacarthy @MrWongo @Manics Looking good! 😃😃

Yallop: Ipswich Town manager job 'would be a dream'

Former Ipswich Town player Frank Yallop, who has been managing in North America since 2001, has said he had a conversation about being the boss at Portman Road back in the noughties.

Yallop, currently at Californian club Fresno, was speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk's Life's a Pitch programme ahead of watching Ipswich lose 1-0 to Wolves at the weekend.

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Ford Escort 1300

Police say the 1979 orange Ford Escort 1300 was stolen between 07:00 and 11:00 GMT.

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Hattie the retriever

Tests reveal concentrations of toxins in the shellfish the dogs ate was up to 27 times the safe limit.

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Why you should sign up for the FA People's Cup


Enjoyed the FA Cup action over the weekend?

Why not sign up to the FA People's Cup yourself?

It's a free five-a-side competition that gives you the chance of cup glory AND to be at the FA Cup final.

Here's a flavour........

FA People's Cup: Why you should sign up for the best five-a-side competition

......and now sign up yourselves!

Sudbury RUFC go second in the league with home win

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Sudbury RUFC advanced to second in the league with a home win against Old Cooperians on Saturday but they were not on their best form.