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  1. Tilbury gas leak: Rest centre set up for 30 families

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Thirty families have been evacuated from their homes in East Tilbury because of a gas leak.

    The leak in Princess Margaret Road was caused by a vehicle striking a gas main, Essex Fire and Rescue said.

    Repair works are under way.

    A rest centre for the families has been set up at the nearby Gateway Academy.

    The emergency services have asked people to avoid Princess Margaret Road.

  2. Britvic closure 'body-blow' for city

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, said news of the Britvic site closure was a "body-blow" for the city.

    "My thoughts are with the 242 members of staff who've had that uncertainty hanging over them, who've now been told that they'll be out of a job. Merry Christmas to them. I'm gutted for them", he said.

    "I know the staff and unions fought tooth and nail to try to hold onto their jobs."

    The MP also attacked the consultation process, saying many staff felt it had been a "...paper exercise only; they didn't feel the company went into it with an open mind".

    Mr Lewis said he hoped it would still be possible to persuade Unilever to keep open the Colman's factory. He said if that was to close as well the city could lose a total of between 800 and 1,000 jobs .

  3. MP: Britvic closure 'depressing'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Norwich North MP Chloe Smith says the confirmed closure of the Britvic factory is depressing news coming so close to Christmas.

    "I have been talking to the government about this and there is a package of support in place for those who lose their jobs which will now kick in," she said

    "The big thing we must do now is to try to persuade Unilever to keep open their part of the site."

    Ms Smith has held several meetings with business secretary Greg Clark since the company first announced its plans to close back in September

  4. Homes evacuated in Tilbury after gas leak

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Homes in an area of East Tilbury have been evacuated following the discovery of a gas leak.

    Essex Fire and Rescue is currently in Princess Margaret Road and says the evacuation was a "precaution".

    A fire service spokesman said gas engineers had been notified and were on their way.

  5. Ipswich boss calls on Bishop to step up

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Defender Tommy Smith and striker David McGoldrick could both be in the Ipswich Town squad for tomorrow's match with Reading, having returned to full training this week.

    Teddy Bishop

    Goalkeeper Dean Gerken will again be absent along with midfielders Tristan Nydam, Tom Adeyemi and Emyr Huws.

    Huws, who only recently returned to action after a long term injury, has been ruled out for the season with a knee problem.

    Asked today if he had his eye on a replacement for the Welshman, manager Mick McCarthy said: "Yes, Teddy Bishop. I'd like Teddy to be as fit as he can be, and why would I look anywhere else if I can get him?

    "I don't think he is ready to play 90 minutes at the moment, but he is at least ready to play, and when he's been coming on in games he has looked far better. He's also training well."

  6. South Ockendon murder: Victim was man in his 50s

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Detectives investigating the murder of a man in a South Ockendon park believe the attack might have been captured on a dash camera in a car.

    Dilkes Park

    Although police are yet to formally identify the man killed in Dilkes Park shortly before 15:00 on Thursday, they have said he was in his 50s. A post-mortem examination will take place on Friday.

    Det Ch Insp Martin Pasmore said: “We are keen to trace two men leaving the area in a silver or light-coloured vehicle.

    “There were a number of vehicles that passed the scene at the time and I’d urge anyone who may have dash cam footage to come forward too.”

  7. Second stretch of NDR to open

    Western section of Norwich Northern Distributor Road

    A section of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) could be open to traffic within the week, thanks to milder weather, the county council has said.

    The four-and-a-half mile (7.5km) stretch between the A140 Cromer Road and A1151 Wroxham Road will be the next phase to be completed.

    Heavy sleet, hail and an overnight freeze left the newly-laid surface covered in thick ice on Tuesday, making some work "impossible", a spokesman said.

    "With better weather forecast, it should be possible to recover from the setbacks."

  8. Three crewmen stranded in Great Yarmouth to return to India

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Three crew men stranded in Great Yarmouth since February due to a long-running shipping wrangle are set to return home to India tomorrow.

    Malaviya Twenty

    The India-owned Malaviya Twenty has been detained in Great Yarmouth docks since it arrived in June 2016.

    It originally had a crew of 12 but these were relieved in February and now there are seven aboard, including a captain.

    Port chaplain and welfare officer, the Revd Peter Paine, of the Great Yarmouth Seafarers' Centre, said: "One of of the three going home is desperate to get home as his father is dangerously ill with cancer."

    Malaviya Twenty

    He said he was collecting for Christmas presents for the four remaining crew members.

  9. Rugby Union: Another stiff test for Bury

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds will be aiming to avoid a third successive defeat tomorrow afternoon, although that will be easier said than done.

    Ollie Smith

    The Wolfpack - who lost to table-topping Chinnor last weekend - are away to second-placed Cinderford in National League Two South.

    The hosts have won 13 of their 14 games so far, scoring 556 points in the process.

    "In the past they've been pretty forward-orientated," head coach Ollie Smith told me. "They've had a successful season so far, beating a good Taunton side recently.

    "Any team in this league wants to have a strong home record and Cinderford are no different. We'll go down there expecting a physical battle, from a team that's pretty well-drilled, and it's a challenge for us."

  10. Speedway: Mildenhall make a 'big signing'

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers are a step closer to confirming their team for 2018 after snapping up Josh Bailey as their new number one.

    Josh Bailey

    The 20-year-old, who rode for Eastbourne this year, will join Danny Ayres, Sam Bebee, Jordan Jenkins, Drew Kemp and Matt Marson at West Row.

    "Josh is another big signing for Mildenhall, Like Danny Ayres, he's an out-and-out number one in the National League," said promoter Kevin Jolly.

    "I am sure they will work well together and also challenge each other at the top of the team. This top-end strength had been missing on away tracks last season and we want to be a threat whereever we ride next season."

    Mildenhall hope to finalise their line-up over the weekend.

  11. Injured Ipswich Town star thanks fans

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    After being ruled out of action for the rest of the season, Ipswich Town midfielder Emyr Huws has expressed his gratitude for the support he has had since the news broke.

    The 24-year-old has undergone knee surgery this week after hobbling off at Middlesbrough last Saturday.

    It was only his third start of the campaign after overcoming an achilles problem.

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  12. Beaton is first winner at PDC World Darts

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    North Walsham's Steve Beaton became the first man through to the second round of the PDC World Darts.

    He beat Willie O'Connor 3-1 on the opening night of the tournament at Alexandra Palace.

    Steve Beaton

    Beaton won the BDO title in 1996 and insists he can't be ruled out of the running this year.

    "I turned it on in the fourth set and I thought 'You're not going to beat me' and if I can combine all that in one game, it's mine to give away, really."

  13. Norfolk Police officers chase stolen Range Rover

    Two emergency vehicles were damaged and a stinger was deployed as police officers chased a stolen Range Rover across the Norfolk Broads.

    The car was stolen from the petrol station in Stalham after its driver, a man aged in his 20s who was meeting a friend there, was threatened early this morning.

    It was driven about 18 miles from the Broads village to Gapton Hall roundabout near Great Yarmouth, before the stinger was used and the vehicle came to a stop.

    Four people have been arrested, a Norfolk Police spokesman said.

  14. River Island to move out of Great Yarmouth town centre

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Another major retailer in Great Yarmouth has confirmed it intends to relocate out of the town centre.

    River Island said it plans to move from its King Street store to Gapton Hall Retail Park.

    It follows in the footsteps of Marks & Spencer which moved out almost three years ago.

    A River Island spokeswoman said the planned relocation will happen in March, although the agreement is yet to be signed by the firm's property team.

    She added: "I presume all staff will relocate to the new unit when complete and won't have an effect on redundancies."

    River Island, Great Yarmouth
  15. Rugby union: New faces expected at Bury

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    The Bury St Edmunds head coach has told me he plans to shuffle his pack in the new year, with departures likely from The Haberden.

    Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

    "We have a couple of players moving on for various reasons, just after Christmas," Ollie Smith said. "That'll get announced by the club at some point, and they go with our best wishes.

    "We'll be looking to bring a couple of guys in, but not heaps and heaps.

    "It's about giving the guys that we've got opportunities through the second half of the season. Although it would be nice to have a fresh voice in the group."

    Bury are currently sixth in National League Two South.

  16. Suffolk Police in 24-hour Twitterthon

    Suffolk Police is giving people the chance to see what they deal with on a daily basis through social media.

    The force has taken to Twitter to show the type and volume of calls it gets over 24 hours.

    It started at 07:00 and calls so far include reports of a stolen vehicle, an injured deer, harassment, "neighbour issues" and thefts of wallets and purses.

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  17. Video: Ipswich Cornhill revamp

    Stuart Howells

    BBC Radio Suffolk

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    Video caption: Go-ahead for Ipswich's Cornhill revamp

    People on BBC Suffolk's Facebook page have been commenting for and against the project to spend up to £3.6m giving Ipswich's Cornhill a makeover.

    Jennifer Hill calls it a "dreadful waste of money", but Tammy Chambers says "something needs [to be done] to make it look better than it does now".

  18. Armed robbery at Ipswich convenience store

    Armed robbers struck at a convenience store, threatening staff with a handgun before making off with cash from the till.

    Two men went into McColl's in Maidenhall Green, Ipswich, at about 20:00 on Wednesday.

    McColl's in Ipswich

    One suspect is described as wearing black tracksuit trousers, a blue zipped hooded top with another black hooded top underneath this, and a pair of black leather gloves.

    The second wore a black hooded coat, black tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

    Both men were about 5ft 7in (1.7m) to 5ft 9in (1.75m) in height and both were wearing scarves.

  19. Rugby union: Bury take heart from Chinnor loss

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    The head coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club says last weekend's narrow defeat to table-topping Chinnor shows that, on their day, his side can compete with anyone in National League Two South.

    Ollie Smith

    Ollie Smith threw caution to the wind for the 37-34 loss - asking his team to play a higher intensity, more attack-minded game, and he was really pleased with how well they adapted.

    "I was basically saying the shackles are off," he told me. "In general I prefer to be quite methodical and conservative in the way we play, to a point.

    "I prefer to edge on the side of caution but we didn't feel that was the right way to approach the game, so we went all out attack and we do take lots of confidence from it."

  20. Second person rescued from Buttsbury Wash in two days

    Firefighters have had to rescue a second driver from flood water in Buttsbury Wash, a day after having to rescue someone else.

    A crew from Billericay was sent at 09:15 to help the man, who was stuck in 4ft (1.2m) of water on the road near Mountnessing.

    They used an inflatable sledge to bring him to safety.

    Buttsbury Wash

    The fire service said drivers who head into flood water "not only risk the lives of themselves and their passengers, they also tie up fire crews and rescue teams who could be needed elsewhere".