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  1. Woman hit by bus in Chelmsford

    Collision

    A pedestrian is in hospital after a being hit by a bus on New London Road, Chelmsford at just before 1500 on Friday.

    The woman, in her 30s, has been taken to Broomfield Hospital.

    The road is currently closed at the junction with Writtle Road and police are appealing for witnesses.

  2. Warning over serious crash on A47

    Police are warning drivers to avoid the A47 following a serious crash involving three vehicles.

    Emergency services are dealing with the collision at Scarning, near Dereham, which happened shortly before 14:00 GMT.

    The road is closed.

    We will bring you more when we get it.

  3. Unpopular flight axed after just three months

    An airline is stopping its service between Norwich and Durham because not enough passengers booked flights.

    Loganair began flying between the cities in October, but said it was not "economically sustainable".

    "The route wasn't performing in line with expectations with no signs of improving, so we've regrettably taken the decision to withdraw the service from January 7th," a spokesman said.

    Loganair is the lead operator at Norwich International and described the airport as a "key priority".

    Passengers with tickets are eligible for a full refund.

  4. Thieves steal drain covers from Suffolk roads

    Thieves have stolen 18 old-fashioned drain covers from the roads of Suffolk.

    They have been taken from Poslingford, near Clare, and the surrounding area.

    Suffolk County Council's highways department said cones were being used to cover the holes as a temporary solution, adding a more permanent fix would be carried out in January.

    The council said it was too early to estimate how much replacing the covers would cost.

    Suffolk Police is investigating the thefts and appealing for information.

    Similar thefts happened in Bedfordshire last month.

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  5. Part demolition of 'unsafe' former pub to begin

    Demolition of part of an Ipswich pub that has become unsafe and forced a road to close will start soon, the council said.

    The junction of Norwich Road and Bramford Road closed in November to enable work to stabilise the former Rose and Crown pub to take place.

    Ipswich Borough Council said it visited the site with the Health and Safety Executive yesterday and agreed that demolition could commence.

    A spokesman said: "The owner said the demolition of the rear part of the building will begin over the next few days.

    "The road remains closed until then, but we don't anticipate demolition taking more than a few days."

    The building at the junction of Bramford Road and Norwich Road
  6. Biker dies in three-vehicle crash

    A man in his 30s died when his motorbike collided with two cars on the A148 near Fakenham.

    The biker was riding a yellow Suzuki towards Fakenham when it crashed at the Lynn Road junction with Creake Road shortly after 15:30 on Thursday.

    He died at the scene.

    The cars involved were a white Nissan Qashqai and a blue Vauxhall Zafira.

    Norfolk police closed the road for five-and-a-half hours and are appealing for dashcam footage of the three vehicles.

    A148 junction with Creake Road
  7. Britvic hits back over criticism

    Drinks company Britvic has denied claims it ran a "meaningless" consultation with staff before deciding to vacate its Norwich factory.

    As reported yesterday, trade unions and Norwich South MP Clive Lewis (below) have written to Business Secretary Greg Clarke calling him for to intervene and re-open the consultation into the proposed closure of operations at Carrow Works.

    They said the consultation, which ended last week, was unclear and did not engage with staff in a meaningful way over plans to move production in 2019.

    Britvic said it did engage meaningfully with employees and ran the consultation for well over the required 45 days.

    Mr Clarke's office has yet to respond.

    Norwich South MP Clive Lewis
  8. Miniature horse brings Christmas joy to hospital patients

    A tiny horse has been bringing festive cheer to Southend Hospital, where he's been visiting elderly patients with dementia.

    "Applause", as he's called, stands just 28 inches (71cm) high and is 14 years old.

    Applause the horse

    "He can be very mischievous at home, but put him next to a two-year-old child with a brain tumour or at a fundraiser with fire engine sirens going off, and he knows his job," said Amanda Poulton, the horse's owner from Alamanda Therapy Animals.

    Clinical development nurse Claire Buckell said: "In the past 'doggy therapy' has proved very positive, so when the opportunity came up to have a miniature horse we jumped at it.

    "Any change to the daily routine for people who are unwell can really make a difference and Applause had such a fantastic positive impact."

  9. Ipswich Town: McCarthy 'not envious' of Wolves' millions

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mick McCarthy will return to one of his former employers tomorrow when Ipswich Town head to Championship leaders Wolves.

    Mick McCarthy

    It's a very different club to the one the Blues boss left almost six years ago, with Wolves' new owners investing huge sums in an attempt to gain promotion.

    "I'm not envious at all, I had my time there, I had a brilliant time," McCarthy told me. "I won the league, I had two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League and had a great deal of success there.

    "I wasn't bitter when I left and am still not bitter now. I'm not envious of anybody, I just keep enjoying what I'm doing."

  10. Darts: Wright progresses at Alexandra Palace

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk's Peter Wright (pictured left) has eased through to the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship.

    Peter Wright and Diogo Portela

    The world number two, who's based in Mendham, beat Brazil's Diogo Portela 3-1 last night.

    Wright will now face Wales' Jamie Lewis on 27 December.

  11. Woodbridge move for ex-Town man

    Carlos Edwards

    Former Ipswich Town defender Carlos Edwards has himself a new club - in the 10th tier of English football.

    Woodbridge Town have signed the 39-year old, who made 176 appearances for the Blues.

    Edwards also picked up 90 caps for Trinidad and Tobago, playing every minute of their 2006 World Cup campaign - including against England.

  12. Man charged after firework closes Norwich car park

    A 24-year-old man has been charged with throwing a firework in a public place following what police describe as a "small explosion" in a bin in a car park in Norwich.

    It happened at The Forum at about 13:50 yesterday and caused the building to be evacuated.

    There were no reports of any injuries.

    The man, from Norwich, has been remanded in custody and is due in court tomorrow.

  13. Unions and MP call on government to re-open Britvic consultation

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Trade unions and the Norwich South MP Clive Lewis have written to the Business Secretary Greg Clark calling on him to intervene and re-open the consultation into the proposed closure of the Britvic factory at Norwich.

    They say the consultation, which ended last week, "was not clear or meaningful".

    In their letter they say: "We do not believe that standing idly by while over 800 direct- and indirectly-employed regional workers lose their jobs is appropriate for any government."

    The letter says that full-time trade union officials were excluded from the consultation and that the independent directors of Britvic twice turned down a request to meet the workforce.

    If Mr Clark refuses to re-open the consultation, i understand that legal action could be taken against the company.

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  14. Inquest opened into death of Braintree woman

    The inquest into the death of a woman, who was fatally stabbed in Braintree, has opened and adjourned.

    Suzanne Brown, 33, was found injured on the floor of a property in Mountbatten Court on Saturday.

    A provisional post mortem examination found she died from "stab wounds to the neck and chest."

    Jake Neate, 36, of Mountbatten Court has been charged with her murder and is due back in court in February.

    Suzanne Brown
  15. Bin man suffered fatal neck injury, inquest hears

    A bin man who was hit by a bin lorry in Chelmsford earlier this month died from a fatal neck injury, an inquest has heard.

    Father-of-three Steve Bishop, 37, died in Osea Way on 8 December.

    The hearing will be resumed at a later date.

    Steve Bishop
  16. 'Serious' accident on A148 at Sculthorpe

    Police are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A148 at Sculthorpe.

    Officers were called at 15:35 to reports of a crash involving a car and a motorbike.

    The road has been closed.

  17. Thieves damage Aldeburgh lifeboat station during break-in

    Thousands of pounds' worth of damage has been caused after thieves broke into a lifeboat station.

    Aldeburgh RNLI was broken into in the early hours of Wednesday.

    The RNLI said the intruders smashed up furniture and stole various funds, including £200 of donation money and the volunteer crew members' tea and coffee kitty.

    RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager Charlie Walker said: "It was heart-breaking to discover that our lifeboat station had been broken into and I can’t possibly comprehend why anyone would want to target our lifesaving service.

    "The thieves have committed a mindless act of vandalism by breaking our office furniture and they’ve caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the building, too."

    A broken window at Aldeburgh RNLI
  18. Budding stage stars wanted for Ipswich Town musical

    Men aged between 17 and 26 are being asked to be part of a new musical about Ipswich Town Football Club’s historic 1978 FA Cup victory.

    New Wolsey Theatre

    The New Wolsey Theatre will stage Our Blue Heaven in May 2018 to mark 40 years since Ipswich Town’s FA cup triumph at Wembley.

    The theatre is looking to recruit young actors, dancers and footballers from the community for some scenes.

    It said those interested need to be "good movers" but do not need to be either football or dance trained. It wants young men who are "committed, enthusiastic and are excited at the prospect of being on stage".

    Anyone interested is asked to email or attend a taster session on 9, 16 or 23 January at 20:00 at DanceEast in Ipswich.

  19. Man arrested after 'small explosion'

    A man has been arrested after a small explosion that caused The Forum in Norwich to be evacuated.

    Police were called at about 13:50 on Wednesday to reports of a small explosion in a bin in the car park at the building on Millennium Plain.

    It was quickly confirmed that the explosion was caused by a firework, which had been thrown into the bin.

    The man, in his 20s, was taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

    Fire stations on Bethel Street, Norwich