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Birmingham players celebrate a goal

Birmingham City climb out of the Championship relegation zone with victory over mid-table Ipswich at St Andrew's.

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Stefan Johansen celebrates scoring for Fulham

Fulham maintain their automatic promotion chances in the Championship with a routine win at Norwich.

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Kurtis Guthrie

Striker Kurtis Guthrie is to leave Colchester United after his contract is cancelled by mutual consent.

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Colchester Hospital

If NHS regulators and the health secretary approve the merger, it could be in place by July.

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Men admit cash machine explosions

Two men have admitted causing explosions at cash machines in Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire.

Charlie Smith, 31, of Mere Lane, Lutterworth and Alfie Adams, 39, of Bickershaw Lane in Wigan, appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

They were charged with three counts of unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property to which they admitted.

The charges relate to raids at the Co-operative store in Cosby, Leicestershire, on 21 November, Tesco Express, London Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 22 November; and the Co-operative store in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, on 22 November.

The men appeared alongside John Doran, 20, of Gelderd Road in Gildersome, Leeds.

All three admitted burglary charges. They will be sentenced on 13 April.

One of the raids
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Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager (2012-2018)

We're ending our regular live updates on the reaction to the announcement that Mick McCarthy is to leave the manager's seat at Ipswich Town at the end of the season.

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You can post your thoughts on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page.

BBC Radio Suffolk brings you Life's A Pitch and Matchday on Saturday, as Town visit Birmingham, and there's more commentary on Monday for the visit of McCarthy's former club Millwall.

Tyrone Mings: 'I've nothing but positivity about Mick McCarthy'

Reacting to the news Mick McCarthy will leave Ipswich Town, Tyrone Mings said: "Personally I have nothing other than positivity about everything he did for me whilst at the club and the position he's got the club into.

"What has happened since [the play-off season] - arguably people will say there hasn't been enough attractive football - I think the job he has done has been fantastic."

'McCarthy like a father figure'

Tyrone Mings
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One of Mick McCarthy's big success stories at Ipswich Town was Tyrone Mings - the young defender bought for £10,000 and sold for £8m.

He told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I can never truly put into words how much of an influence Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor were on my early career - they were very much like fatherly figures.

"They bled me into the team when I needed to be, took me out when I needed it, but most importantly they gave me time to develop.

"I remember quitting my job on the Tuesday, signing on the Thursday and on the Friday I was travelling up to Leeds with the squad."

Hear the full interview on Stephen Foster's Drivetime show.

Delays on A1 after crash

Heather Burman

Journalist, BBC News Online

Motorists should avoid the area if possible.

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Severe accident: A505 Cambridgeshire both ways

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A505 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A1301 and A11 affecting Gravel Pit Hill.

A505 Cambridgeshire - A505 in Pampisford closed and queuing traffic in both directions between McDonalds Roundabout and the A11 junction, because of an accident involving car. Congestion to the Gravel Pit Hill junction.

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McLaren and Mowbray top another betting odds list

Former England boss Steve McLaren is top of the William Hill betting list to become next Ipswich manager.

McLaren, who has also managed Middlesborough, FC Twente, VfL Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Newcastle, is 3/1 (at the time of writing) and is currently without a job.

Former Town captain Tony Mowbray, currently at Blackburn Rovers in League One, is 7/2.

Tony Mowbray
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Tony Mowbray scores for Ipswich in the play-of final at Wembley in 2000

Inside the £12,500-per-year student houses with own cinema

Cambridge News

Cambridge’s first ever student ‘townhouses’ are set to open on Mill Road this summer, with rooms available for more than £12,500 per year.

How are the national press covering the McCarthy-Ipswich split?

Here's a selection of the national coverage of the announcement the Mick McCarthy and Ipswich Town are to part company at the end of the season:

Meanwhile, The Sack Race is installing Lincoln City's Danny Cowley as 5/2 favourite to take over at Portman Road.

The Imps boss oversaw the defeat of Ipswich in the FA Cup a year ago, in what was one of the low-points of McCarthy's reign.

Terry Butcher
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Terry Butcher in his blood-soaked England shirt, picked up against Sweden in 1989

At the time, Ipswich and England legend Terry Butcher said: "I can't remember ever being so embarrassed and humiliated as an Ipswich fan.

"Ipswich lost the wrong way, not enough fight, not enough passion."

Mick McCarthy watches on

Manager Mick McCarthy will leave Ipswich Town when his contract expires at the end of the season, the club confirms.

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McCarthy says departure could affect players' futures

As the press conference came to an end, one final question prompted an interesting response from Mick McCarthy - will his exit lead the way for others?

The future of Polish international goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been a hot topic of conversation over recent months, and McCarthy suggested that during conversations "Barts" had been keen to know whether the manager would still be here next season.

Bartosz Bialkowski
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Bartosz Bialkowski at a Poland press conference ahead of their 3-2 win in a friendly against South Korea on Tuesday

McCarthy calls out 'numbskull' supporters

During his press conference, outgoing Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy also called out the "numbskulls who've been given me abuse".

"That comment is for the people who have been doing it and ruining games at Portman Road and making it hard for players to play," he said.

"They probably don't give too many people respect, let alone the manager."

Mick McCarthy at the press conference after he announced he was leaving
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Church hides crosses for Easter hunt

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, a coalition of churches in Suffolk is asking people to search for 200 crosses they have hidden. Churches Together in Sudbury and District is distributing the crosses around the area to celebrate Christianity. The small wooden crosses all have a Bible verse written on them. Gerry Higginson, chairman of Churches Together, said: "The idea is to provide something tangible as a reminder of the gift that God gave to us in Jesus."

Gerry Higginson and Ruth Ridge from Churches Together in Sudbury
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