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Fears have been raised that Suffolk may have a systemic problem with how children’s homes are run after a third establishment was given a poor Ofsted rating in the last 10 weeks.

A Suffolk authority promoting campaigns to stop smoking has reduced its pension investments in tobacco firms – but says it still will not disinvest in cigarette firms entirely.

A fresh purge of Suffolk’s potholes with an innovative road repair machine is set to kick off this week, thanks to cash from the Chancellor’s Budget.

Suffolk County Council will review its contract commissioning and procurement of services in a bid to help prevent modern slavery.

One Ipswich couple have taken the antics of their naughty elves to an impressive new level.

The winners who tracked down all of the 18 stunning artworks in the World War 1 Trail, in Bury St Edmunds, have been presented with their prizes.

After a bit of a damp and wet start to the day it’s set to get brighter later with good spells of sunshine being predicted by this afternoon.

Parents in Mid Suffolk who gave birth to a newborn in 2018 are being encouraged to plant a free tree in celebration.

BBC TV newsreader and personality Sophie Raworth, who is an avid marathon runner and keep fit fanatic, is to take part in a 200th anniversary walk aimed at raising money for an historic Suffolk playhouse.

Plans to build 41 homes on the former Needham Market Middle School site have raised fresh concerns from neighbours who say the proposals are much different to those originally proposed.

Councils in Suffolk are working with environmental charity Hubbub to tackle the long-standing problem of food waste in the region.

Additional maternity and paternity leave has been pledged for Suffolk County Council staff following the birth of a premature baby.

The mother of missing Suffolk airman Corrie McKeague has said she believes a person caught on CCTV wearing “incredibly bright” clothing could be her son - but police have revealed they have identified the man in question.

With over £15,000 already raised from the purchase of some of the artwork in the World War 1 Trail, in Bury St Edmunds, an auction is to take place in the town to sell off the rest of the items.

Gin lovers rejoice, there is something very special for you to look forward to in Ipswich next year.

Get your umbrellas and wet weather clothes out this afternoon and watch out for some gusty winds this morning.

Proposals to fund two dedicated PCSOs are set to be given the green light on Monday by Mid Suffolk District Council.

The chief executive of West Suffolk Hospital described the £13.4million of funding to improve its emergency department as an “early Christmas present for patients and staff”.

More trains than ever are being delayed or cancelled on East Anglia’s rail network as repeated pledges to improve services failed to materialise, the industry watchdog has said.

A joint housebuilding venture which Suffolk County Council walked away from before a single home had been built has cost taxpayers £70,000 it has emerged.

Greens at Suffolk County Council have posed fresh questions on the authority’s commitment to ending climate change after a motion calling for transparent carbon reduction targets and budgets failed to gain traction.

Stowmarket-based wood chipper manufacturer Timberwolf is launching a campaign to help its industry prepare for the latest round of government engine emissions legislation, known as Stage V.

Whether it’s your puppy dressed in a Santa outfit, or your cat wearing a Christmassy collar, we want to see your pictures.

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The Suffolk duo of John (Jack) Millar and Emily Moyes both featured in medal-winning squads at the European Cross Country Championships, staged at Tilburg in Netherlands today.

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Stowmarket Town 3

Framlingham Town 0

Stowmarket Town are up to third in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table after a 3-0 win against Framlingham Town saw them stretch their unbeaten run to nine games, writes Alex Moss.

Rick Andrews feels his Stowmarket Town side are starting to build some momentum ahead of today’s home clash with Framlingham Town (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

Join host Mike Bacon for another fun-packed Non-League Podcast. Along with co-host Carl Marston, the pair are joined by Hadleigh United manager Shane Wardley and former Leiston boss Glenn Driver.

Ipswich Witches promoter Chris Louis has spoken openly of the fact the Foxhall Heath side are a tad behind with their team building... But there is no need for fans to worry.

A disconsolate Kieran Jarvis won the Eastern Senior Cyclo-Cross Championship at Stanborough Park, Welwyn on Sunday, writes Fergus Muir.

Emily Moyes, who will be running for Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championship this weekend, insists that she doesn’t even particularly like cross country!

Stowmarket Town manager, Rick Andrews, admitted that the final 10 minutes of last night’s FA Vase replay “felt like 10 hours.”

In our latest rugby round-up, there are good wins for Colchester and Stowmarket, while Sudbury run riot in a battle of local rivals against Diss.

Stowmarket Town will be away at either Tring Athletic or Biggleswade Town, if they can win tomorrow’s FA Vase third round replay against Swaffham Town.

Suffolk athlete Emily Moyes will be competing for Great Britain at next weekend’s European Cross Country Championships, following a gutsy run at the recent Trials in Liverpool.

Needham Market and Royston Town go head-to-head for the third time in eight days, at Garden Walk this afternoon.

Paul Musgrove is pleased to see Remi Garrett back among the goals ahead of Stowmarket Town’s trip to Swaffham Town in the Buildbase FA Vase tomorrow afternoon (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

Join host Mike Bacon and Carl Marston for another episode of The Non-League Podcast. In this week’s edition we are joined (due to popular demand) by tough-tackling Dave Vincent, Walsham-le-Willows’ former chairman Mike Powells and, live on a train!, Danny Potter, Stowmarket Town’s goalkeeping coach.

Needham Market boss, Richard Wilkins, heralded Tuesday night’s FA Trophy replay win over Royston Town as “a great result for the club.”

Cottenham, the traditional East Anglian season opener, will again hold the first meeting of the 2018-19 point-to-point season this Sunday, followed by the ever popular second meeting at the same venue on December 30.

FA Trophy

Royston 1

Needham Market 1

Needham Market and Royston will both be in the hat for the FA Trophy First Round after a James Potton strike 13 minutes from time pegged back the Marketmen, who had taken the lead early in the second half through a Joe Marsden penalty.

Thurlow Premier

Stowmarket Town 3

Great Yarmouth Town 0

Stowmarket Town moved back up to fourth in the Premier Division table after beating Great Yarmouth Town 3-0 at Greens Meadow, writes Alex Moss.

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