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Temperatures peaked at 23C yesterday and families were keen to make the most of it by dancing in and out of the water fountains at Holywells Park, basking in the sun at Felixstowe and walking along the picturesque coast at Aldeburgh.

A petition to protect speech and language hubs across Suffolk has reached more than 1,000 signatures only a week after it was launched.

There has been a rush of new homes coming to the market in Suffolk in recent weeks and house builder Bennett Homes is now adding their latest project to the list after completing 30 properties at Church Meadow, in Sproughton.

A man in his 40s has died following a road traffic collision involving a Land Rover in Creeting St Mary earlier this morning.

A former Suffolk fire safety expert is leading a comprehensive study into the risk historic buildings face from fire with the hope of preventing more heritage being lost.

An air ambulance has been called to the scene of a serious crash which has closed a busy road in Needham Market.

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in Suffolk are missing out on millions of pounds in funding, according to new data.

A community being inundated with applications for hundreds of homes has expressed relief after one set of proposals was turned down.

A family fled their Suffolk home after fire broke out in its thatched roof on the final day of a two month £25,000 restoration.

A rural Mid Suffolk landmark could be getting a new lease of life as a special school, if plans are approved.

Healthcare Homes Group has achieved a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating for 12 of its Suffolk homes from the industry regulator the Care Quality Commission.

Police are ramping up efforts to catch drivers using mobiles, with the Suffolk crime commissioner “horrified” to see motorists putting lives at risk.

Tribute: How go-ahead headmaster Derek Robson helped transform Culford School. He has died, aged 83

A rider has been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after traffic police officers stopped a quad bike in Beck Row.

No children’s centres will be closed in Suffolk without a full consultation with the public, Conservatives have said.

A campaign has been launched this morning calling for Suffolk’s under-threat children’s centres to be spared from closure.

Where can you shop if you need a grocery top-up over the Easter break - or even an extra Easter egg or two? Here is our list of opening times for big supermarkets around Suffolk and north Essex.

Apache attack helicopters based in Suffolk have been sent to the Baltic on a three month deployment in Estonia.

Beach balls at the ready, Suffolk and Essex are going to have a warm and sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, say forecasters.

One in ten pupils were persistently absent from schools in Suffolk and Essex last year, according to latest government figures.

Avoid hold-ups on the region’s roads by finding out about planned roadworks in Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Many people have more rubbish and recycling than usual over the Easter holiday period - so the last thing you want to do is miss a bin collection! Is your date changing?

An anonymous donation of more than £100,000 left to a Suffolk charity will be used to fund breaks for family carers across the county.

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Ipswich Town youngster Idris El Mizouni will have learnt from a tough full debut, says team-mate Alan Judge.

Needham Market are targeting a top-10 finish, after a good recent unbeaten run stretching to four matches.

Mike Bacon takes a look back at an incredible weekend of sport, locally and nationally

Higham racecourse stage the final meeting of their season on Saturday with the traditional Essex and Suffolk fixture, which normally attracts a bumper attendance.

Adrian Pettitt of the Stowmarket and District CC won his own club’s 20 mile Debenham time trial by the smallest of margins, beating David Crisp of Colchester club 3T Racing by just one second.

In this week’s Danny King column, the Witches skipper looks ahead to a busy Easter period and how important spreadsheets are to a racer.

Will Wright and James Ollington of Aldeburgh won the McLeod Cup as Suffolk Amateur Foursomes champions at Halesworth.

On this week’s podcast are Felixstowe & Walton’s Danny Bloomfield, Leiston’s Ian Cornforth and Haughley’s James Hawkins

In this week’s column, MIKE BACON takes a look at the world of golf, from the Master so the EADT v Melton St Audrys

When rain hit the Fast Test Road Race, what was already a tough race turned into something of an epic, writes Fergus Muir.

Danny King reflects on a good week for the Witches and hopes for a quick-fire double over King’s Lynn

In his latest column, Nino Severino discusses his concerns about the rising issue of morbid obesity in the UK and beyond.

In the final rugby round-up of the season, Colchester secure a spot in the play-off game, Stowmarket beat Southwold in the Suffolk derby, Braintree win 109-7 and the Bury Foxes clinch promotion.

Thurlow Premier

Stowmarket Town 5

FC Clacton 1

Stowmarket Town returned to winning ways with a 5-1 victory against FC Clacton at Greens Meadow, writes Alex Moss.

Evo-Stik South Premier Central

Needham Market 0

Stourbridge 0

The Marketmen played their part in the title race as they battled out a goalless draw with second-placed Stourbridge, thus giving Kettering the title with four games to spare, writes Paul Munn.

Join host Mike Bacon and co-host Carl Marston as they delve into the world of non-league with their guests of the week.

A fine day of road racing in north Suffolk began with a win for Matthew Carter of Colchester in the race for lower category and entry-level competitors.

In his latest column, Ipswich Witches skipper Danny King looks ahead to ‘derby day’ and reflects on a good start to the season for him.

In his latest column, Nino Severino urges strong and swift action to stamp out the apparently growing problem of racism in sport.

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