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Major roadworks in Suffolk and Essex this week will bring partial and full closures to busy routes including the A14, A12, A120 and A47.

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A 57-hour weather warning for snow in Suffolk and Norfolk has said that some rural communities could be cut off.

A bid by Mid Suffolk District Council to buy the vacant former NatWest bank next to the John Peel Centre has been accepted, the council has confirmed.

A family is working hard in preparation for the opening a farm shop in mid-Suffolk next month.

A specialist service has been launched to help new mums with postnatal depression and other mental health issues.

A group of Mid Suffolk opposition councillors has called for local residents to have their say on the controversial merger proposed for Mid Suffolk and Babergh councils.

A woman from Stowmarket who turned 100 this month has shared her story of war, marriage, and the secret to long life.

Clinicians at the region’s mental health trust are too busy to complete mandatory basic life support training, it has been revealed.

The Lions Club of Stowmarket & District has been invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its international parent charity at Buckingham Palace next week.

A Suffolk businessman is encouraging entrepreneurs to focus on spiritual growth through a series of five workshops.

Following the call, staff at Stowmarket police station looked out of a window and saw Roy Messenger standing on a path leading to the front door holding a carrier bag, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

With KFC branches up and down the country closed or offering a limited menu due to a chicken shortage - here is a list of alternative chicken restaurants to help you through the crisis.

Steam icon Oliver Cromwell will travel through Suffolk today as the engine is to make what could be its final journey before retirement.

Book lovers in Needham Market are being asked to have their say on a proposed change to the local library’s opening hours.

A Stowmarket company has been awarded the much sought after Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Award.

Suffolk’s highways website has been inundated with problem reports – many from frustrated drivers issuing angry warnings about the “dangerous” condition of the county’s roads.

The inquest opened today into the death of Stowmarket resident Jessie Searle, whose UKIP councillor husband has been charged with her murder.

A debate will be held in the House on Commons this week on whether England should adopt an ‘opt-out’ organ donation system.

Suffolk popstar Ed Sheeran arrives at BRIT Awards ceremony - wearing a wedding ring?

Bosses at a fast food chain have warned that stores could face disruption due to delivery issues for the rest of the week.

The equivalent of 92 ambulance staff shifts were lost in January due to delays at A&E in Suffolk and north Essex, it has been revealed.

Forecasters are predicting a cold start to the beginning of March as temperatures struggle to rise above freezing.

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Bacon’s Bites: In this week’s column, Mike Bacon takes a look at how the FA Cup is alive and kicking, plus, have you taken in a Spanish football game?

Ipswich Witches are to continue their partnership with Guy Nicholls and Tru7.com in 2018 and will be known as the Ipswich ‘Tru Plant’ Witches this season.

In the final round of the Revel Outdoors Winter Series, held on Shouldham Warren, Seb Herrod (Absolute Black) challenged the supremacy of Andrew Cockburn in the Three-Hour Men’s race and as battle was joined the pair opened a very large gap on the rest of the field, writes Fergus Muir.

Walsham-le-Willows Cricket Club, a local community club, is looking to build upon recent successes, and encourage more participation across all ages and levels.

In Bostik North, AFC Sudbury sprung a surprise with a home victory over league leaders AFC Hornchurch, extending their unbeaten run to six matches.

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Stowmarket Town saw their winning start to 2018 come to an end after a late Joe Murphy goal helped Saffron Walden Town take all the points, writes Alex Moss.

Rick Andrews says Stowmarket Town face a tough test in front of them as they go in search of a ninth win on the bounce this weekend, writes Alex Moss.

Chelmsford teenager Mitch Powell was at the British Cycling Awards Ceremony in Birmingham at the weekend to receive the splendid trophy for winning the National Short Distance Grass Track Series.

This could be a big weekend for several of the top clubs, and for some at the wrong end of the table.

Ipswich Town fans have been urged to get behind the Blues and stop creating “dead atmospheres” ahead of the East Anglian derby. Meanwhile, see our photo gallery of the event - can you spot your child?

Needham Market had to fend off a Felixstowe & Walton United fightback before booking their place in the semi-finals of this season’s Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup.

Gym United Manager Matt Morton has hailed his side’s togetherness after they became only the second Suffolk team to reach the semi-finals of the FA Sunday Cup, writes Nick Garnham.

Felixstowe & Walton United joint manager Ian Watson says his side will relish the opportunity to test themselves against higher-league opposition in tomorrow night’s Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup tie at Needham Market, writes Nick Garnham.

Felixstowe Ferry’s Glen Davis and Gary Howard defied the bitterly cold weather to win the better ball prize in Southwold’s Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting.

Leiston’s recent struggles in the league continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Merstham on Saturday.

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Stowmarket Town made it eight wins in a row after easing past Haverhill Borough 6-0 at the New Croft on Saturday, writes Alex Moss.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Kieron Dyer has revealed details of sexual abuse he suffered as a boy.

Mike Bacon takes a look at why 3G pitches are not loved by everyone. Also, are we going to witness a Tiger Woods comeback to rival any other sporting return?

Stowmarket Town will be looking to keep the pressure on the top two as they go in search of an eighth win in a row this weekend, writes Alex Moss.

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