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Concerns have been raised over the welfare of a missing teenager.

A Suffolk council which is under threat of having to approve speculative developments could be in a position to demonstrate its five year land supply by March.

Angry residents have said a “ludicrous” 98-day road closure that will cut off a main route into their village should be reconsidered.

In his latest column, Suffolk chief constable GARETH WILSON writes about why an increase in council tax is needed to pay for more policing.

Suffolk highways will be gritting the A12 and A14 as they prepare for sub-zero road temperatures in East Anglia tonight.

Extinction Rebellion speaker due to give talk at Green Party meeting in Suffolk next week

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket is preparing for week of music and film by announcing the winner of their poster competition, run in partnership with the University of Suffolk.

Suffolk County Council has scrapped plans to force all staff to take a day of unpaid leave each year as part of cost-cutting measures, following union pressure.

A council-owned investment company which has come under fire for acquiring retail sites outside of Suffolk could be set to borrow another £50million to pump into more property.

Daniel Whytock of discusses the technology likely to impact the retail sector in coming years.

Plans for 126 homes on undeveloped land in Eye have been pushed back after councillors poured scorn on flawed road access proposals.

Police in Stowmarket have released images of a man they want to speak to for the allegedly racially aggravated abuse of a taxi driver.

The Stowmarket Chorale is busy rehearsing for its first concert of the year, to be held at the town’s United Reformed Church.

Windows were smashed and vehicles damaged in a spate of vandalism across Stowmarket, police believe.

Snow and sleet could hit Suffolk and north Essex tomorrow as temperatures plunge, according to weather experts.

A bike was stolen from a Stowmarket home over the weekend and police are appealing for help to trace it.

Plans have been lodged for 100 new homes in Bacton alongside land for a new village hall and play area.

A woman seriously injured in a fall from a multi-storey car park in Ipswich currently remains in hospital but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Bent has been declared bankrupt in the High Court.

A joint local plan being developed for Babergh and Mid Suffolk to guide future development in the districts has hit a fresh stumbling block.

Watch this heart-warming video of young Mackinder’s eagle owl Kilifi practising her hunting skills, as she uses them to find items hidden in unwanted Christmas trees.

A Suffolk teenager accused of raping a schoolgirl after tying her up will be sentenced next month after he was unanimously convicted by a jury.

Multi-million pound plans to improve journey times and safety on the A140 near Eye have moved a step closer as a formal planning application has been submitted.

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Needham Market will soar into the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central play-off zone, if they can overcome in-form Stratford Town on the road in Warwickshire this afternoon.

Join Bury Town first-team boss Ben Chenery and former Ipswich Town striker Alan Lee talking all things non-league, as well as a few tales from the pro game they both enjoyed playing in.

MIKE Bacon takes a look at the latest VAR issues. Plus is Sir Andy the greatest-ever sporting Brit?

There was a third consecutive win for Laura Sampson (Sussed Out/Mondraker) at the Winter Series mountain bike races near Brandon where she won the Veteran Female 90 minute race, writes Fergus Muir.

In our latest round-up of the local rugby scene, Southwold scored the win of the weekend, while there were also victories for Colchester, Sudbury, Chelmsford, Braintree and the Woodbridge Amazons.

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Stowmarket Town slipped to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season as Wroxham came from a goal behind to take home the points, writes Alex Moss.

Rick Andrews hopes his Stowmarket Town side can bounce back from their Buildbase FA Vase disappointment when they host Wroxham at Greens Meadow tomorrow afternoon (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

Join Mike Bacon, Carl Marston, Needham Market’s Nathan Munson MBE and Brightlingsea Regent first-team boss Tom Rothery in this week’s Non League Podcast.

Football writer Carl Marston dons his anorak to visit clubs in the region (and beyond) in his quest for good football and a good cup of tea. Here he heads to Biggleswade FC’s Langford Road

Kieran Jarvis won the Senior men’s race at the Stow Scramble at Haughley Park after Eastern League rival James Madgwick fell while in the lead and – in a carbon-copy of their collision last week - Jarvis ran into him, writes Fergus Muir.

In his latest column, Olympic coach Nino Severino offers some advice to those looking to get back on track and lose some weight after the Christmas period.

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The Suffolk County Cross County Championships were dominated by ‘international’ athletes this year, in terms of the senior races.

As rugby returns after Christmas, our round-up of the local action features wins for Colchester, Diss, Stowmarket, Ipswich YM, Chelmsford, Hadleigh, the Bury Foxes and the Woodbridge Amazons.

It was a busy golfing day in Suffolk on Sunday. The county men’s squad had their first winter get-together at Aldeburgh while the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting was played at Bungay and Waveney Valley, writes Tony Garnett.

Stowmarket Town boss, Rick Andrews, insisted that yesterday’s FA Vase defeat at Biggleswade could have been very different if home keeper Dan Child had been sent off in the first half.

Needham Market boss, Richard Wilkins, has admitted that his side are “not ready” to compete for a place in the top five of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central.

Paul Musgrove hopes his Stowmarket Town side will have no regrets when they visit Biggleswade in the last 32 of the Buildbase FA Vase this weekend, writes Alex Moss.

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