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Man stuck in mud near Shotley Pier rescued

A Suffolk man got stuck in soft mudflats at Shotley on Sunday afternoon.

Joseph Deaves has thanked the coastguard, firefighters and paramedics that came to his aid at the tip of the peninsula south of Ipswich.

Shotley Pier

He said he was stuck for about 45 minutes but was delighted with the rescue.

Derek Davies, a councillor, lives nearby and said everyone was worried but praised the professionalism of the rescuers.

"The paramedics and emergency crews were very thorough and patient. He was able to walk back from the scene and recuperate before being assessed for injuries," he said.

Actor playing Sir Bobby Robson grew up in same place

The actor playing the former Ipswich and England manager Bobby Robson in a new play has been hearing stories of the great man from one of his staff who worked along side him during his time in Suffolk.

Pat Godbold was Sir Bobby's secretary for 36 years and has been talking to Peter Peverley who will be playing him in Our Blue Heaven - a show written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ipswich Town's 1978 FA Cup victory.

Sir Bobby Robson

Ms Godbold said although the actor did not look like Sir Bobby, she was looking forward to seeing the play.

Mr Peverley said she had given him a great insight in to the way Sir Bobby ran the club, his man-management skills and his love of the family philosophy which he brought to Ipwsich Town.

"I'm from a village from very near where Sir Bobby was born in County Durham, so my accent is very like his.

"In the play it's me portraying a real person using his mannerisms not doing an impression," he said.

The show runs from 4-26 May at Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre.

Children's hospice charity congratulates royal patron on birth

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has offered its congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their third child.

The duchess, who gave birth to a baby boy earlier, became royal patron of the hospice charity in January 2012.

Duchess of Cambridge with children

Shortly after, she formally opened The Treehouse - a new hospice for EACH in Ipswich, where she also gave her first public speech.

Graham Butland, EACH's chief executive, said: "On behalf of all us... I’d like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their third child.

"Her Royal Highness has been a fantastic supporter of EACH in her role as Royal Patron, including throughout her pregnancies, giving our media profile a significant boost and inspiring many people to raise funds for us, so we’re incredibly fortunate."

The charity supports children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses across Cambridgeshire, north Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and has hospices in Milton, near Cambridge, Quidenham in Norfolk and the Treehouse in Ipswich.

Stolen church artefacts 'may have been sold at market'

A coat of arms and an oil painting are among items stolen from churches in Essex which police believe may have been sold at a weekly market.

All Saints Church in Middleton, near Sudbury, and St Andrews in Abberton, near Colchester, were targeted in burglaries in March.

Essex Police said the artefacts, including a crucifix, brass book rests and brass jugs, were of sentimental value to the churches.

Police are investigating whether the items were sold at a Saturday market at North Weald airfield near Epping.

oil painting of St Andrews
Essex Police
An oil painting of St Andrew's was among the stolen items
Toys R Us: Last day for 'nearly home' store in Ipswich
The Toys R Us store in Ipswich is at the junction of the A12 and A14 in Ipswich.

Services as normal after line fault

We've heard from Greater Anglia that services on the Norwich to London Liverpool Street line are running as normal after a points failure delayed services earlier.

Network Rail said trains are being "cautioned through" the fault at Trowse, near Norwich, until access can be made to carry out repairs.

Points failure leads to delays

Services on the London Liverpool Street to Norwich line are being delayed this morning following a points failure.

All services appear to be running half an hour late and are not stopping at Manningtree, Colchester, Chelmsford and Stratford.

Greater Anglia has been approached for comment.

Greater Anglia train
Greater Anglia

Severe disruption: A1092 Suffolk both ways

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A1092 Suffolk both ways severe disruption, around Ashen Lane.

A1092 Suffolk - A1092 The Street in Stoke by Clare closed in both directions around the Ashen Lane junction.

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

Flex nightclub in Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk Police said the teenager was made to get into a cab outside a nightclub in Bury St Edmunds.

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Suffolk village tackles loneliness with lunch
Food and Friends is a lunch club in Mendlesham, Suffolk and is a lifeline for many in the village.
Town crier explains what local councils actually do
A town crier took to the streets of Norwich ahead of the local council elections on 3 May.
Aston Villa celebrate

Aston Villa keep their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with a emphatic victory at 10-man Ipswich in the Championship.

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Decision deferred on holiday park in Suffolk

Proposals to develop a 59-cabin holiday park on a former quarry in Wenhaston, near Halesworth in Suffolk, have been deferred until council planners have visited the site.

Suffolk Coastal District Council's planning committee was presented with Taylor Bray Ltd's plans to create the cabins, a boating shed, lakes, facilities building and workshop on the site off Heath Road.

The land is considered greenfield since quarrying stopped there three years ago, but concerns have been raised over traces of arsenic on the site.

Thursday's committee opted to request greater clarity from the county council for its position on restoring the site to nature.

The proposals are expected to come back before the planning committee in May or June.

Ipswich bypass plan 'ready by end of year'

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

A full business case for a northern bypass around Ipswich will be tabled by the end of the year, it has been revealed – as transport secretary Chris Grayling said some improvements in the area will "have to happen".

Mr Grayling was in Ipswich to help canvass for the Conservatives in the upcoming local elections, as well as look at the site for the Upper Orwell Crossings.

He hailed the Upper Orwell Crossings as part of a “fantastic vision for the centre of Ipswich”.

The Conservative leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, said: "We have also talked about the northern relief road and the £650,000 that Suffolk public sector leaders have allocated to the business case, and we hope to have that on his desk towards the back of this year."

Councils in Suffolk are currently discussing a growth plan called Suffolk 2050, which aims to promote economic and housing development in the county.

Felixstowe Cavendish Hotel development to get go ahead once £350,000 sum secured

Ipswich Star

Plans to transform the empty Cavendish Hotel on Felixstowe’s seafront into homes and commercial units have been given the go-ahead once planners secure financial agreements for affordable housing.

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Friend hold bike ride in memory of crash victim

Suffolk Free Press

Friends of a motorcyclist, who died in a road traffic collision in Sudbury, staged a bike ride in his memory at the weekend.

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'Blind rage' Ipswich Army veteran attacked neighbours
The court heard there had been "simmering tension" between the neighbours.

Anne Marie shares Ed Sheeran co-written song

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And here's the lyric video to prove it.

It's called 2002 and it's slap bang in the middle of Ed's trademarked brand of rose-tinted nostalgia.

We were only 11 / But acting like grown ups / Like we are in the present / Drinking from plastic cups singing 'love is forever'

The pair head out on tour together in April - so maybe you can expect to see her perform this with a surprise* guest each night.

*not a surprise.

Severe accident: A12 Suffolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Suffolk southbound severe accident, at J32B London Road.

A12 Suffolk - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A12 southbound in Capel St Mary at J32b, London (Belstead), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe accident: A12 Suffolk northbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Suffolk northbound severe accident, between J32B London Road and J33 A1214 affecting J31 B1070.

A12 Suffolk - A12 closed and very slow traffic northbound between J32b, London (Belstead) and J33, A1214 (Copdock Interchange), because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Exit A12 at 32B, follow B1113 through Copdock/Washbrook to B1113/A1071 Roundabout. Take third exit onto A1071 then turn right onto A1214 to then rejoin the A12 at J33. Congestion to J31, B1070 (East Bergholt).

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

Greater Anglia to add ANPR to more car parks

After introducing automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) car parking at Ipswich railway station, Greater Anglia is to roll it out at four other railway stations.

Ipswich railway station car park
Ipswich railway station's car park has ANPR on entry and exit

It will be installed over the coming months at car parks at Colchester and Shenfield in Essex; Cambridge; and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

The train operator said it would also be spending £20m to create 1,700 extra car parking spaces across its network.

The first phase will start this year at Attleborough in Norfolk; Hockley, Marks Tey and Shenfield in Essex; and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Ed Sheeran is getting trolled by his own security

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While Ed Sheeran may have everything his little heart desires it seems even he is not exempt from constant ribbing from his colleagues.

Ed's own personal bouncer, 'Security Kev', has posted a series of Instagram pictures of him and the singer/songwriter in various comical situations.

The above picture of Ed tucking into a hot dog with Kev in the background is accompanied by the words; "I’m always watching. He’s always eating.#whoateallthepies#imthedaddy"

The below picture has another cracking caption too.

"When bae wants to cross the road without looking left or right. don't be mean about his wonky eyes."

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Ed probably can't even sack Kev now... he knows too much.

Severe accident: A143 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A143 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between The Street and B1063.

A143 Suffolk - A143 Bury Road closed and queuing traffic in both directions between The Street junction in Depden Green and the B1063 junction in Stradishall, because of an accident involving lorry.

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

Green light for 200 Halesworth homes

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

Outline plans to build 200 homes in Halesworth have been given the green light.

Christchurch Land and Estates Ltd's plans for the homes on land off Chediston Street were approved by Waveney District Council's planning committee last night.

The land off Chediston Street, Halesworth

The development includes 70 affordable homes and the developers said they would contribute to a new pre-school, extension of a 30mph speed limit in Chediston Street and other improvements.

Richard Brown, from Richard Brown Planning on behalf of Christchurch, said: "We are pleased with the outcome, and that this site being allocated means we can now make an immediate contribution to the land supply in the district."

Otley Campus of the Easton and Otley College

The lands-based college says it is "on track for recovery" after a previous damning inspection.

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Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between J47 A1088 and J46 Thurston Road Thurston.

A14 Suffolk - Queuing traffic on A14 westbound between J47, A1088 (Woolpit) and Thurston, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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