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Planning applications are often some of the most controversial issues debated in local communities across Suffolk.

More than 4,000 people in the UK have now died in hospital as a result of the coronavirus.

Hotels in Suffolk have offered to provide NHS beds and “open up as hospitals” if wards find themselves swamped with coronavirus patients.

Find all of the bank holiday opening times for pharmacies and chemists in Suffolk and Essex here.

Some Suffolk firms are remaining open during the coronavirus lockdown, sparking fears from staff about spreading Covid-19.

Five schools from across Suffolk have converted to academy status in a bid to work together in a new partnership.

More that 650 people have died in the UK from coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Nearly 200 workers have had their redundancies brought forward at a Suffolk factory to reduce coronavirus exposure, it has emerged.

The Queen is to give a televised address to the nation over the coronavirus outbreak - only the fourth time she has spoken to the country during a crisis in her 68-year reign.

The government has asked all people over the age of 70 to isolate for a total of 12 weeks to avid catching coronavirus - which means many are unable to see their children and grandchildren.

Suffolk is set to see the warmest day of the year so far on Sunday - prompting calls for residents to be sensible and observe coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Doctors’ surgeries across the area will be staying open during the Easter break because of the coronavirus crisis.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has confirmed that another patient with coronavirus has died, meaning six people who have tested positive for the illness at the hospital have now died.

As the whole country comes together to clap for the NHS and keyworkers tonight, staff at the EADT and Ipswich Star have shown their support for those battling the virus on the frontline in a new video.

More than 2,000 people in the East of England have coronavirus as figures for the area increase by nearly 400 in the latest government update – Suffolk has 32 new cases.

An Ipswich based company is looking to unite families and unearth hidden pasts with its new project.

West Suffolk MP and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has made his first public appearance since testing positive for the coronavirus.

The electricity company supplying power to Suffolk and Essex has assured its customers power will remain reliable during the coronavirus pandemic.

A petrol station in Stowmarket was held up at knifepoint, the latest in a spate of armed robberies in Suffolk in the last 10 days.

Protective equipment shielding Suffolk’s frontline nurses from coronavirus is arriving daily – but there is not enough to build up stock, union leaders have warned.

New Government figures have shown another record increase in the number of people dying from coronavirus, bringing the total to almost 3000.

Families across Suffolk will be joining in a second Clap for Our Carers at 8pm tonight, after an overwhelming response to last week’s event.

West Suffolk Hospital has confirmed two further patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

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Community sport

Friday, March 27, 2020

Stowmarket Town had more to lose than most, when the Football Association initially made its decision to end the 2019-20 season, and then expunge all results following their further announcement yesterday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking for a subject now that all cycle racing is suspended, I discovered that it was exactly 50 years ago, in March 1970, that men and women were first allowed to compete together in the same open cycling time trial, writes Fergus Muir.

Football writer Carl Marston talks to Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews and Hadleigh United boss Christian Appleford in the wake of the decision to seek termination of this season, from Steps 3 to 6

Ipswich Town won the FA Cup on May 6, 1978 when they beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Wembley final – Roger Osborne the scorer.

Here are a few pictorial memories of that wonderful ‘day in May’, and the run to the final.

Suffolk’s leading athletes Danny Rock and Helen Davies changed their half-marathon plans, late in the day due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, to win the respective individual titles at the Robert Tomlinson Stowmarket Half-Marathon, held over a windswept 13.1-mile rural route from Buxall this morning.

Manager Kevin Horlock said his Needham Market players were ‘buzzing’ after reaching the semi-finals of this season’s Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup, writes Nick Garnham.

It’s not long now until the start of the Premiership speedway season and Ipswich Witches will be looking to go one better than last year when they lost in the play-off final. MIKE BACON takes a look.

Bang-in-form Brantham Athletic will travel to Stowmarket Town for their Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final tie at Greens Meadow with ‘no fear’ this evening.

Join host MIKE BACON as he chats to Danish star Nicolai Klindt about his life on the shale.

Join MIKE BACON and CARL MARSTON as they take a look at the non-league scene.

Stowmarket Town and Liverpool might not be in the same division, but they are going toe-to-toe with each other in terms of home comforts this season.

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The postponement of the Revel Outdoors mountain bike racing, due to be held last Sunday, opens an opportunity to highlight the Sporting Courses (SPOCO) East Competition, writes Fergus Muir.

IT’S electrified the speedway scene... JASON CRUMP’S return to the UK this summer with Ipswich Witches... MIKE BACON caught up with him to speak to the 3x former World Champ...

Join host MIKE BACON and co-host CARL MARSTON as they are joined by Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews.

Needham Market have ‘nothing to lose,’ when they travel to high-flying Chesham United for tonight’s Southern League Challenge Cup semi-final tie.

Adam Mills has been impressed with the impact made by new Needham Market boss, Kevin Horlock, during the last fortnight.

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