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Police are appealing for witnesses to a theft that took place in Beck Row earlier this month.

High street fashion retailer New Look has confirmed it will close 60 of its stores.

Developers seeking to build up to 300 homes in Barham and Claydon have been told they must contribute £1million towards a new primary school for the area.

Patients at the combined Ipswich and Colchester hospitals will be able to use technology such as mobile phone apps to “self-service” their care plans.

A fresh round of snow could fall at Easter according to experts – just when hopes were high that the wintry weather swept in by the Beast from the East had run its course.

Education bosses in Suffolk have said a culture of parental preference has left more than 82% of the county’s schools with unfilled places, while the most popular are continually oversubscribed.

With only 11 days to go until Easter we take a look at the most unusual eggs on the high street.

Thousands of runners will take their place on the starting line at the Colchester Half Marathon this weekend, but don’t be late!

Primark has recalled a range of cushions after they were found to be a possible fire risk.

A deal to give NHS workers a 6.5% pay rise over three years is set to be agreed today.

A Suffolk midwifery boss accused of bullying her staff has lost an appeal over her dismissal.

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran appeared to be channelling the late Steve Irwin during a close encounter with a crocodile in Australia.

Looking for some Easter fun for youngsters? Here are details of some egg hunts and seasonal activities in store across the area.

A Stowmarket primary school is celebrating two major achievements after receiving a prestigious award for physical education and scoring ‘Good’ in its most recent Ofsted report.

Customers will not be able to buy or adopt a rabbit from any Pets at Home store from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

It started off with 13 pioneers in a west London park but in the space of a few short years has become an international phenomenon, with almost three million participants in 17 countries, stretching from the UK to Singapore, South Africa, Australia and America.

Gins ranging from the well known tipples to those lesser known varieties are to be at the centre of an amazing festival at a village pub over Easter.

The clocks will go forward an hour this month to mark the start of the British Summer Time.

Tickets are still available for a fundraising evening at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, aimed at boosting the funds of the Every Heart Matters appeal.

The scheme is part of a nationwide campaign launching today to improve signal.

More than 170 hate crimes were recorded against children in Suffolk and Essex last year, a charity has revealed.

A programme to develop joint facilities between police and fire services in Suffolk which is currently underway could be the beginning of more measures to unite police, fire and ambulance services.

Police investigating an arson attack at a caravan site in Suffolk have released CCTV images of the suspect.

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Ipswich Witches returning star Nico Covatti wondered if his speedway career was over after last season’s horrific crash at Redcar.

Stowmarket Town Reserves manager Terry Hovell is quietly confident he can bring another piece of silverware back to the club this week, writes Alex Moss.

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Stowmarket Town 4

Brantham Athletic 0

Stowmarket Town returned to action in style with a 4-0 win against Brantham Athletic at Greens Meadow, writes Alex Moss.

Keith Preston and Lawrence Dodd have completed their Suffolk junior winter coaching programme for the most talented teenagers Suffolk have produced for many years.

Rick Andrews is under no illusions as to how tough Stowmarket Town’s clash with Brantham Athletic will be at Greens Meadow tomorrow afternoon (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

Constant attacks and splits made the 2018 Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race a memorable edition with riders attacking, and groups forming and disintegrating several times before the race was finally won from a two-man break by Mikey Mottram of the Morvello-Basso team.

Bury Town boss Ben Chenery praised the character of his players for giving the club’s supporters ‘something to shout about’ after reaching the final of the Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup, writes Nick Garnham.

No doubt about the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division game of the week, with fifth-placed Brantham travelling to fourth-placed Stowmarket in what is a ‘must win’ game for both sides, writes Phil Griffiths.

Bury Town 0 Needham Market 0 (Bury win 5-4 on penalties)

Ipswich Witches held their 2018 press launch today. MIKE BACON went along to find out the mood in the camp after an exciting 2017 season

Manager Richard Wilkins says his Needham Market side will have to produce an improved performance if they are to beat Bury Town when the two clubs clash in the semi-final of this season’s Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup.

TIM HENMAN was in Suffolk this week – coaching stars of the future at Culford School. MIKE BACON went along to talk to the former British No.1

Paul Musgrove says he hopes to include two new signings in Stowmarket Town’s squad for the trip to Haverhill Rovers today (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

The Old Gold and Blacks are set to return to action after a two-week break this afternoon with a trip to the New Croft, and assistant manager Musgrove could hand debuts to Stow’s two new recruits as he takes charge in the absence of boss Rick Andrews, who is away on holiday.

Ahead of last week’s Thurlow Nunn League transfer deadline, Stow completed the signings of midfielder Payton Swatman, from Wroxham, and King’s Lynn Town winger Harry Whayman on loan until the end of the season.

The duo could both make their first appearances for the Old Gold and Blacks this weekend, as Musgrove looks to continue his perfect record when standing in for the absent Andrews.

“Our two new signings are available, so we’ve got a few decisions to make before the weekend,” Musgrove said.

“We know we’re in for a tough game at Haverhill Rovers. I know their manager, Marc Abbott, a little bit and their playing style as well.

“For us we want to get another long run going, but we’ll take each game as it comes.

“We won’t be looking too much at the teams around us, we’ll just keep plugging away.

“It will be good to get back out there on Saturday and hopefully we can put in a good performance, get the win and keep my 100 per cent record too!”

With just 13 games left of their season to play, Stow currently sit third in the Premier Division table, one spot below the promotion spots.

Andrews’ men know they cannot afford any more slip ups if they are to launch a late push for the top two, as leaders Felixstowe & Walton United and Coggeshall Town, in second place, look to maintain their points advantage over the Old Gold and Blacks.

Stow could be boosted for today’s trip to the New Croft by the return of midfielder Jack Baker, who has not featured since October due to injuries.

Route details for the Women’s Tour 2018 are due to be announced later today and we will discover where the country’s elite female cyclists will be visiting this summer.

Ipswich Witches skipper Danny King admits the new fixture list – for him personally – is ‘brilliant’ this season, writes Henry Chard.

Ipswich Witches team boss Ritchie Hawkins has said 2018 is a year in which talented Aussie Cameron Heeps needs to push on.

Needham Market manager Richard Wilkins is hoping the manager-of-the-month ‘curse’ doesn’t strike his club.

Terry Hunt says that the Town hierarchy have big decisions to make. Perhaps a cut in season ticket prices would be a good idea!

Stuart Watson, EADT chief football writer, caught up with BRENNER WOOLLEY, to speak to him about his journey to the microphone at Portman Road in a feature first produced in Kings of Anglia

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