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A talk show presenter, known for his zero tolerance approach, has backed a hard-hitting new campaign by the region’s ambulance service.

Your weekend inspiration is here – these events are all taking place on December 16 and 17.

New legislation to prevent homelessness is not financially viable, council leaders in Suffolk and Essex have warned.

Suffolk police have reported an “overwhelmingly positive response” to their 24-hour “Tweetathon”, which was held to give the public a glimpse at the range of calls officers face on a daily basis.

Crime prevention advice has been issued to help people in Suffolk deter heating oil thieves – after more than 50 cases were reported this year.

The 2017 primary school SATs results have been published today, but can you answer some of the English and maths questions they faced? Have a go here.

Sudbury ambulance station will close in the new year and paramedics will start sharing a base with the town’s firefighters.

Relief teams will be sent to busy A&Es in the region this winter to take patients out of the hands of paramedics so they can get back on the road quicker.

A children’s literacy charity has begun working with schools in the county to help support children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Gorgeous thatched and timbered home at Brent Eleigh. For sale for £875,000.

Hundreds of UK cinemas will open late into the night as they welcome fans to the first public screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Schools in Suffolk are continuing to improve and gradually beginning to claw up the performance tables, bosses at the official education watchdog Ofsted have said.

With Christmas only 12 days away we want to see how Christmassy the outside of your house looks.

A team from the East of England Co-op donned reindeer fancy dress in Long Melford to help the community get into the festive spirit.

More schools in the region - mainly in Essex - have been affected by the snow and ice, with dozens remaining closed for the day,

After the region was hit by the first major snowfall of the winter on Sunday and earlier today, forecasters have provided an update on whether there will be another wintry blast tonight and early tomorrow morning.

Thousands of children across Suffolk and Essex will be homeless this Christmas Day, according to new report.

How well have you been keeping up with the region’s news in the last week? Find out with our Suffolk news round-up quiz.

A rare photograph of the Beatles which saw the Fab Four pose with an unsuspecting man sleeping on a park bench is among the star lots of a Suffolk-based global online auction which is set to break the £1million mark.

The trial of a Suffolk man accused of downloading indecent images of children is expected to take place in March.

A number of schools have already announced plans to close across Suffolk and north Essex this morning after snowy weather hit the region.

Headteachers claim potential cuts to free school transport in Suffolk will hit pupil outcomes and lead to teacher job losses.

More sleet and snow has begun in Suffolk this afternoon ahead of a temperature plummet forecasted for tonight.

Motorists are being warned of disruption on the region’s roads this morning as snow turns into ice following a weekend wintry blast.

Residents will be asked for their views on a potential merger between the district councils of Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

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AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morsley admits there have been ‘far more pluses than minuses’, since he took over the job at King’s Marsh Stadium.

In an epic day at a snow-covered Chantry Park in Ipswich there were first league wins for Suffolk riders Nick Cook of the Ipswich Bicycle Club and Seb Herrod of Strada Sport, writes Fergus Muir.

Suffolk cricketer Jaik Mickleburgh has won the Wilfred Rhodes Trophy, which is presented annually to the batsman with the highest average in the Minor Counties Championship.

AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morsley has admitted Saturday’s game against Haringey Borough was a ‘knock-back’.

London 2 North

Epping & Upper Clapton 36

Sudbury 31

Sudbury had their good run of wins ended at Epping, writes Don Reekie.

Bostik North

AFC Sudbury 1

Haringey Borough 2

Two goals from former Bury Town striker Chris Benjamin set Haringey on their way to the three points at a freezing Kings Marsh Stadium, writes Dave Meeson.

AFC Sudbury will give a debut to experienced defender Ian Miller as they bid to get back to winning ways against Haringey Borough at King’s Marsh tomorrow afternoon.

The Sudbury & District Invitational Darts League held its 2017 Summer League Finals and Presentation Night at the Sudbury Institiute on Friday.

Former Ipswich Town star Kieron Dyer made front and back page headlines in a controversial career he is set to re-live in his autobiography, ‘Old too soon, smart too late’. MIKE BACON went to meet him.

The 2017-18 East Anglian point-to-point season got off to its usual hectic start as 60 horses contested seven high class races at the Cambridge University United Hunts Club meeting at Cottenham.

It was a good day for Andrew Forgan and his son Sam at the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting at Hintlesham, played in chilly conditions.

Big spenders Billericay Town continued their fine form against a resurgent Leiston team with a 4-0 home win in the Bostik Premier.

Long Melford sent their fans home happy after a fine 2-1 win against Walsham-le-Willows in the Thurlow Nunn Premier.

Mike Bacon’s looking forward to the day/night Ashes Test in his latest Bacon’s Bites column.

Mark Morsley admits he is very motivated with his AFC Sudbury ‘project’.

Suffolk went to the top of the British Inter County Championship Division Two promotion table following a superb 23-13 home win over Staffordshire.

This week’s spotlight on Parkruns, in Suffolk and Essex, falls on the Great Cornard Parkrun:

London 2 North

Sudbury 78

Harlow 10

Sudbury totally demolished Harlow at Whittome Field in a game which many had predicted would be a close encounter, writes Don Reekie.

The Witches 2018... And few changes to the 2017 line-up. MIKE BACON casts his eye – as to why!

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