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Icy weather is on its way to Suffolk and north Essex - with parts of East Anglia set to endure plunging temperatures of as low as -5C.

Brave Suffolk soldier spent 18 hours dodging artillery fire, machine-gun bullets and snipers during critical mission

A drug-dealer, a burglar who targeted elderly women and a drunk hospital visitor who stole laughing gas from an ambulance are among the criminals who have been sentenced to time in prison this week.

A 29-year-old mum from Sudbury is giving a new lease of life to a police station by opening her "dream" body piercing shop, after years of caring for her late grandmother.

Major plans to boost Suffolk's literacy are in the pipeline, as the county's education chiefs aim to team up with a leading charity.

A 3% council tax rise and 2.7% rise in council house rents have been backed by Babergh District Council's cabinet.

Suffolk will be gracing the screens both big and small once again in 2020 after a busy year. Local democracy reporter Jason Noble spoke to Screen Suffolk to find out what you can expect to see in the year ahead.

Plans have been unveiled to bring up to 20 council sites forward for housing developments - with nearly £11 million pledged to kick start the scheme.

A newly married couple from Bury St Edmunds are starting off their life together by getting into shape - with the help of Channel 4's How to Lose Weight Well.

More than 1,000 people are expected to visit an unusual Ipswich vintage sale, where shoppers pay for pre-loved, retro clothing items by weight.

Fraudsters are targeting elderly and vulnerable people in Suffolk by pretending to be police officers or bank officials, it has been warned.

Bosses from Greater Anglia are being invited to Suffolk County Council to explain what has happened during the difficult roll-out of their new trains over the winter.

Wintry showers could arrive in Suffolk and north Essex next week, weather forecasters predict, following this week's high winds and rain.

Today we're inviting schools to sign up to our brilliant new Plant to Plate initiative - in which they can win thousands of pounds of gardening products.

The third phase of Suffolk's superfast broadband programme has been given approval to begin, which aims to target the hardest 2% to reach.

An independent task group assessing funding for Citizens Advice Bureaux has called on the county council to restore its £368,000 annual grant in full.

From rural historic buildings to prime town centre venues, these are the Suffolk pubs which are now available on either a leasehold or freehold basis - some even include accommodation for the next landlord and their family.

The National Trust is 125 years old. Here are some of its jewels in the crown

Highways and police crews have been alerted to nearly 50 fallen trees and debris in the road overnight after high winds hit Suffolk and Essex.

Players for a youth football team in Great Cornard collected 17 bin bags of rubbish as part of a fund-raising litter pick.

Suffolk is set for a drier day after strong winds and rain caused by Storm Brendan sparked traffic chaos.

Commuters on a busy line between Marks Tey and Sudbury have been advised not to travel after a fallen tree damaged a train.

Calls have been made for the county to support those in need this winter as Suffolk continues to endure its two coldest months.

Highways England have announced that the Orwell Bridge will close from 5pm this evening due to strong winds.

Raiders are believed to have jumped over a fence in Clare to steal between 40 and 60 valuable koi carp from a pond.

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Join host MIKE BACON and co-host CARL MARSTON as they look into their crystal ball.

Faced with some fiendish off-camber corners in the Stow Scramble at Haughley, women's winner Imogen Chastell did not hesitate to dismount and run, swirling her bike round in her wake, writes Fergus Muir.

AFC Sudbury 1st team striker and Academy second year scholar Freddie King has again been picked to represent the England Colleges team in their European competition next month.

Nico Covatti is the sixth member of Ipswich 'Tru Plant' Witches team of 2020, writes Henry Chard.

MIKE BACON takes a look at the goings-on at Ipswich Town and admits it's tough going right now!

Cornard United are hoping Marcus Bent's move to Blackhouse Lane will prove a 'very positive move' for the west Suffolk club.

Former Ipswich Town star, Marcus Bent, is poised to make his debut for Suffolk non-league club Cornard United next weekend.

A 'phenomenal' number of runners kick-started the new year with a morning run beside the sea - and smashed a record along the way.

Ipswich Witches have reached seven major finals in the past decade and lost them all. It's been frustrating... But still entertaining. MIKE BACON looks back.

Long Melford 0 Newmarket Town 2

It was a sensational speedway season for Ipswich Witches in 2019. MIKE BACON looks back...

Join host MIKE BACON and guests as they talk speedway at Ipswich Witches over the last 10 years..... and longer!

Two young East Anglian cyclo-cross riders have rounded off their National Trophy campaigns with a flourish - scoring their best results in the final round of the series in York, writes Fergus Muir.

Ipswich 'Tru Plant' Witches have announced Nicolai Klindt as their third signing of the 2020 season.

Ipswich Town players have been spreading the Christmas cheer to sick children at Ipswich Hospital as part of their annual visits.

Join MIKE BACON and CARL MARSTON as they take a look back at the weekend's action.

Ipswich rider Gemma Melton won the Eastern Region Cyclo-Cross Championship despite being lassoed by loose tapes blowing in the wind, writes Fergus Muir.

Isthmian North

AFC Sudbury 0

Cambridge City 2

A goal in each half was sufficient for the visitors to deservedly take the points as AFC uncharacteristically failed to make any substantial impression on the City side from start to finish, writes John Campany.

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