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Yesterday, 17:24

A home care company based near Sudbury have been inundated with requests from NHS and healthcare workers for help with their PPE kit whilst caring for people on the frontline.

Medical staff have showed their appreciation for the public for self-distancing as thousands took to the streets to clap for key workers.

Plans have been approved to pump £1.4million into increasing the pay of dozens of social workers in Suffolk, to combat vast numbers leaving for other counties.

Hospitals across Suffolk and north Essex have confirmed a further 10 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Suffolk-based charities have been delighted by chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package to help keep the sector running during the coronavirus crisis, amid warnings of organisations having to close.

A plea to stay indoors during the sunny and warm Easter weekend has been made by Suffolk’s top police officer - amid fears that 24C temperatures could see more people breaking the rules.

Calls have been made to support local newsagents as the coronavirus crisis continues to put pressure on small businesses.

Stansted Airport is to open a drive-in coronavirus testing centre for NHS workers after flights there were grounded because of the crisis.

Temporary cells are to be built in the grounds of two Suffolk jails in a bid to stop coronavirus from spreading in the prisons.

New data shows that Suffolk’s iconic animal, the Suffolk Punch, remains critically endangered.

A team of more than 70 counsellors have joined forces to help frontline workers deal with the emotional impact of fighting coronavirus in Suffolk.

Suffolk GPs have urged people to make sure they still get any health fears checked out by their doctor during the coronavirus lockdown, amid fears that symptoms for serious conditions could be missed.

This brother and sister duo - who are just six and nine - have vowed to run a marathon around their back garden to support a charity that works with children with life limiting illnesses.

Your tributes to community heroes have been pouring in - but we still want to hear about more of them.

Keep your eyes on the skies and get your telescopes ready as you could see up to 100 shooting stars an hour during the Lyrid meteor shower.

Boris Johnson is on the mend and “sitting up in bed” the chancellor has confirmed.

A pot of cash in excess of £60,000 has been established by a Suffolk council to support groups and projects in the district.

Suffolk and north Essex hospitals have reported that six more people have died after contracting coronavirus.

Workers at Holland & Barrett, with shops across the region, have launched a fight to close during coronavirus.

Nearly 100 complaints about businesses staying open during the coronavirus lockdown have so far been fielded by Suffolk’s trading standards – with 19 firms told to shut down.

A lockdown to protect Britons from contracting coronavirus is set to continue - because there is not enough evidence to suggest it is safe to start lifting restrictions.

Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” in a London hospital as he battles coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

A dove which was taken from an aviary at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds has been found.

Suffolk’s most senior Church of England clergyman says the evil of the coronavirus will be overcome – and sees consolation and hope for all this Easter.

Today’s EADT daily podcast features a special guest – the boss of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals – talking to host Emily Townsend about what preparations are under way ahead of the coronavirus peak.

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Wed, 12:29

Suffolk Bowls has lost one of its greatest-ever players following the death of Derek Johnson, writes Steve Prentice.

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.

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.

AFC Sudbury boss, Mark Morsley, firmly believes that some football clubs, both in non-league and ultimately even in the higher levels of the Football League pyramid, could end up “going bust in the next month or so.”

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.

A world famous riding instructor will be returning to the Suffolk riding school she founded with her late husband for a special demonstration event in his honour.

AFC Sudbury are up to eighth in the table, following their 2-1 win at bottom club Romford on Wednesday evening, stretching their unbeaten run to four matches, with 10 points gathered from a possible 12.

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.

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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.

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

During the week, Paige Peake knuckles down at college studying for her A-Levels – but this weekend she will go toe-to-toe with the England captain in a crucial FA Cup clash.

Time-trialists who compete under the age-related system of the Veteran’s Time Trial Association gathered at Exning near Newmarket for the East Anglia Group’s Lunch and Prize Presentation, writes Fergus Muir.

Join host MIKE BACON and co-host CARL MARSTON as they are joined by former Luton Town and Cambridge United defender and now Bury Town boss Ben Chenery.

AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morsley has urged his side to ‘kick on’ after their excellent 3-0 win over local rivals Bury Town in midweek.

Ipswich Town Football Club are trying to track down a supporter who came to the aid of an elderly couple in London, as they want to recognise his act of kindness.

Like many racing cyclists Peter Horsnell of the Chelmer CC is preparing for the 2020 racing season, writes Fergus Muir.

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