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Mark Perryman

A student with autism who was bullied at school for being “different” has won a national award to enable him to go to university and study accountancy and management.

Chessie Hughes, 13, has been a goal keeper for the past six years at the Sudbury Hockey Club, but once she leaves, there is no one to take her place on the team.

Are you agile, brave, prepared to wear protective armour and face a barrage of hockey balls travelling at speeds of up to 60mph – and female?

The number of claims received by the council has increased year-by-year since 2013.

A transport boss has insisted that the quality of Suffolk’s roads is improving, despite a rising number of drivers lodging compensation claims as a result of potholes.

The scene of a crash on the A134 near Sudbury

Two pensioners were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital after a crash in Sudbury left them in a life-threatening condition this afternoon.

Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole.

Thirteen men are to appear in court in September following an incident that left a football fan from Suffolk with life-changing injuries.

Ipswich Hospital

Missed appointments at the region’s three main hospitals have cost the taxpayer almost £30million in the last three years, we can today reveal.

Special police officers arrive at the scene after an explosion occurred in Ansbach. (Friebe/dpa via AP)

A suicide bomber who blew himself up after being turned away from a music festival in southern Germany was a Syrian man who had been denied asylum.

Glorious sunshine and a packed Belle Vue Park in Sudbury on Sunday as crowds enjoy the Party in the Park event.
Erin Cunningham hoop dancing display

Thousands of Sudbury residents kicked off their summer yesterday at this year’s Party in the Park.

The Summer of Pubs trails 2016

More than 100 pubs in Suffolk and Essex are celebrated in a series of new trails to encourage residents and visitors alike to visit different parts of both counties.

Stock image of the area. 

Photo: Tudor Morgan-Owen.

Rush hour motorists face delays in west Suffolk this evening after a collision involving a lorry.

Rio 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games starts in just two weeks and thousands of athletes are getting ready to compete across 306 events, covering 42 different sports, over 19 days of competition.

Gary Harvey of MEL Group.

Sudbury-based MEL Group has expanded with acquisition of Didsbury Engineering, based at Wilmslow in Cheshire.

Police dog Maggie, who already supports the Suffolk and Norfolk police joint dog section

A new canine companion is being sought by the Suffolk and Norfolk police joint dog section this summer.

Too hot at night to sleep?

Is the heatwave keeping you up at night? Hot and humid weather can make it difficult to sleep but we have put together our top tips to keep you chilled out and on your way to dreamland.

The pigs from Blythburgh Free Range Pork have been cooling off in pools of water that owner Jimmy Butler has created for them.

With Suffolk set to bask in temperatures in excess of 30C (86F) again today, it is not just sunbathers who need to cool down.

Pc Andy Masterson checks motorists speeds on the A140 at Stonham Parva.

The number of crashes reported on Suffolk’s roads has fallen by almost 30%, according to the latest figures.

The mobile phone mast at Bird's Green, Rattlesden

Significant progress has been made in the campaign for better mobile phone coverage in Suffolk’s worst-affected ‘not spots’, according to one of the county’s MPs.

Southwold Beach.

The region has baked in temperatures in excess of 30C (86F) today, although there is a risk of thunderstorms in Suffolk tomorrow afternoon.

Blind ex-serviceman Chris Francis has had his back gate fenced off by a builder, blocking him from leaving his home with his guide dog.

An angry blind RAF veteran has spoken of his concerns after the back gate to his Sudbury home was blocked with a huge metal fence by a property management company.

Francesca McDaniel from Southwold Surf School

“It’s the best job to have in the sun!” That was the assessment of 25-year-old Southwold surfing instructor Francesca McDaniel yesterday, after enjoying a day on the waves cooling off from the scorching summer sun.

Morris Men group celebrating 40years with a tour around Suffolk. The dancers are pictured at the Nethergate Brewery in Pentlow.

Morris men from across the land descended on Suffolk this weekend to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the county’s teams.

Official opening of Forget-Me-Not Walk at West Suffolk Hospital. Doing the ribbon cutting is Joyce Dainty and Nicci Gerrard

Months and months of fundraising and hour upon hour of trawling through and identifying photographs have culminated in the opening of the iconic Memory Walk at West Suffolk Hospital.

A rat in the house, a dog that needs taking home and a late train are just some of the 999 calls received by Essex Police in recent times.

An archer launches his arrow at Framlingham Castle's Bloody Mary living history weekend.

The school holidays are just a week away and while children look forward to a six-week break from school, parents will be scratching their heads over how to entertain them.

Drugs have been found on primary school pupils (Stock photo)

More than 50 youngsters, some as young as 11, have been found with Class A or B drugs while at school in the last two years, figures from Suffolk police show.

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Chessie Hughes, 13, has been a goal keeper for the past six years at the Sudbury Hockey Club, but once she leaves, there is no one to take her place on the team.

Are you agile, brave, prepared to wear protective armour and face a barrage of hockey balls travelling at speeds of up to 60mph – and female?

Micky Quinn cuts the tape to officially re-open the Ridgeons Stadium at Newmarket Town

A historic day for a Suffolk non-league club is set to place them “firmly on the football map” with the official opening of their stadium following a £750,000 refurbishment.

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring for Ipswich Town. Photo: Steve Waller (
www.stephenwaller.com)

The 2016/17 season fixtures have been released by the English Football League for the Championship, League One and League Two.

Competitiors take part in the Sudbury Triathlon starting at Great Cornard Leisure Centre.

Sudbury’s first triathlon was hailed a success at the weekend as around 75 people took part.

Adam Webster - Picture: Joe Pepler

Ipswich Town are preparing to tweak their approach in the Championship next season, with the signing of cultured Portsmouth centre-back Adam Webster.

Christian McClean at Twerton

A former professional footballer was the victim of a hit and run in Essex.

Robert Eagle

AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold has made his first two signings of the summer at the newly-promoted Ryman Premier Division club.

Billy Bird Vs Evaldas Korsakas at the Braintree Leisure Center.
14th May 2016   Billy Bird with British Classic Challenge Belt, light middle weight



Mandatory BYLINE    Jerry Daws / Stillfocused.co.uk

Billy Bird says he will never forget the night he won a title fight in his hometown, after lifting the International Challenge light-middleweight title.

Jamie Godbold is congratulated by fans after winning promotion this season

Highly-rated manager Jamie Godbold insists he has unfinished business at Ryman Premier League newcomers AFC Sudbury, after turning down the advances of Conference South side Chelmsford City.

Gallery: Thousands enjoy the Bury Rugby Sevens

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
A Barracudas player breaks in their upset defeat over last year's champions Northampton Saints

A crowd of nearly 4,000 fans basked in the sunshine as they took in the red-hot action at the eighth annual Greene King IPA Sevens tournament, at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, on Sunday.

Sean Hickey from Haverhill who died while out cycling in Clare

Friends of Haverhill man Sean Hickey, who died after a collision with a car in west Suffolk, have paid tribute to the “kind, funny guy” and talented cyclist.

Fishing at Waldegraves.

Read some of our top picks for a relaxing spot of fishing in East Anglia.

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon

On Sleeping Giants this week, we discuss Colchester United’s next move, the Whizzinator, sporting cheats and painful moments.

Mick McCarthy celebrates Ipswich Town's draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday

Some of the last-ditch defending was excellent, while Bartosz Bialkowski was his usual sublime self in goal, making two fine saves.

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos saves a Jonas Knudsen effort during the Ipswich's defeat at home to Middlesbrough in December

Ipswich Town face a formidable test this afternoon when they travel to Championship title contenders, Middlesbrough.

Mick McCarthy

The play-off dream is all but over for another season, but Mick McCarthy doesn’t sense a change in mood amongst the Portman Road faithful.

Tom Rash (Copdock & Old Ipswichian)

Ahead of the start of the East Anglian Premier League season tomorrow, here is your guide to the five Suffolk clubs, and their respective captains’ hopes for the new campaign.

Bury St Edmunds entertain high flying Frinton at the Victory Ground.
Unsuccesfull big appeal from Mike Comber for David Brent's dismissal

Sudbury’s promotion last season means that five clubs from the Two Counties Championship will be plying their trade in the region’s top league, the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, this summer.

Danny King inside Ulrich Ostergaard and Nicklas Porsing during heat thirteen of the Ipswich v Peterborough (League Cup) meeting at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 14 April 2016. Picture: Steve Waller

On episode 12 of Sleeping Giants, we discuss a great Ipswich Witches win, hear from rider Paco Castagna and learn about the boxer who came back to win with a dislocated shoulder.

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