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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 December 2017

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Ed Sheeran rounds off 2017 with Christmas number one

    It rounds off a year that saw two record-breaking comeback singles and 16 songs in the top 20.

  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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."

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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    Video caption: Newcomer Bessie Turner enjoys remarkable 2017

    A singer who sent her music to BBC Introducing in the spring has gone on to play a major festival and record a session for Jo Whiley on Radio 2.

  8. 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
  9. 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.

  10. Ipswich boss challenges Emmanuel to nail down a starting place

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits he'd like to see defender Josh Emmanuel playing a bit more for his loan club - but that's down to the player himself.

    Matt Green and Josh Emmanuel

    The 20-year-old (pictured above right) has made just eight league starts since joining Rotherham back in August.

    "That's always the concern when you send players out. When you send players out to be playing they have to be good enough to get in the team," McCarthy told me.

    "We've had it with Dom (Iorfa) Bersant (Celina) and Callum (Connolly) here. Josh has got to get into the team and make sure he stays in the team. If he doesn't I'm sure they'll send him back."