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Ambulances have been head butted, kicked, and had blue lights ripped off in shocking acts of vandalism on the emergency vehicles - sometimes while crews have been trying to treat patients.

A campaign has been launched to help new parents and carers cope with their baby’s crying.

The countdown to Christmas is something to dread for some who face the prospect of spending the holiday alone, with no-one to talk to or share their turkey with.

Five young Ipswich Town stars visited West Suffolk Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer and hand out presents to children.

Campaigners fighting plans for 150 homes in Long Melford are celebrating after the application was rejected by councillors.

Motorists are being warned that delays are likely in Sudbury on Friday due to a road closure for emergency patch repairs.

The “amazing” fundraising efforts of the community have been hailed after a multi-million pound cardiac centre was officially opened at West Suffolk Hospital.

A picturesque Suffolk village could soon have a permanent post office back in a building bought by the parish council.

A legal challenge has been made over Suffolk County Council’s decision to approve a new 420-place primary school beneath an RAF flightpath, claiming there was a “plain failure” to recognise childrens’ welfare.

It has been quite the year for Suffolk 13-year-old singer/songwriter Phoebe Austin following a series of musical highlights in 2018.

Organisers of the Lavenham Christmas Fair have hailed the event as “the best yet” as record numbers of people descended on the village for the festivities.

The Christmas lights in a picturesque Suffolk village have suffered from “continued vandalism” and will not be replaced should any further damage take place.

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 has defended its decision to pursue traffic calming measures in Sudbury instead of a bypass, claiming that the high costs meant it was “never going to get funding”.

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.

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

Thousands of people flocked to the historic Kentwell Hall, in Long Melford, yesterday and today, for the first of two Dickensian Christmas.

Father Christmas is set to tour round Long Melford later this month visiting a number of streets, roads and locations in the village.

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.

Calls for soil to be placed “at the heart of the environmental agenda”.

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.

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.

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In this week’s Bacon’s Bites, Mike Bacon takes a look at the on-going racism debate in football. And why head injuries in sport are a concern, but should some sports be banned?

A big effort by a team of local cyclists led by Steve Grimwood of Elmy Cycles resulted in a fine weekend of National Trophy cyclo-cross at Trinity Park, Ipswich, writes Fergus Muir.

AFC Sudbury manager Mark Morsley is looking for his side to build on last week’s worthy 2-0 victory at Soham Town Rangers.

Coach Andy Northcote has described Suffolk’s 2019 fixture list as ‘arguably the hardest campaign we will enter’ in the Unicorns Championship.

In our latest round-up of rugby action from the region, there are wins for Colchester, Southwold, Stowmarket, Chelmsford, Braintree, Hadleigh and the Bury Foxes.

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AFC Sudbury travelled to Soham Town Rangers on Saturday and sealed all three points with two early first half goals and a solid performance, writes Darren Theobald.

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.

AFC Sudbury are on the road again tomorrow as they venture to Soham Town Rangers in the Bostik North League looking to put their disappointing recent results against Grays and Witham behind them, writes Darren Theobald.

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

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.

In the latest of our Series on the ever-popular parkruns across Suffolk and North-East Essex, we focus on the Great Cornard parkrun, which had a 100-plus field

Mark Morsley is hoping his young side can cope with another tough challenge likely to be coming their way on Saturday.

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.

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.

In our latest weekly rugby round-up, Colchester grab a tough win on the road in an Essex derby, and the undefeated Bury Foxes keep flying with a win at Chelmsford.

Bostik North

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Grays Athletic 3

AFC Sudbury were seeking to extend their winning sequence to three games following their impressive mid-week success over Brentwood Town.

Join host Mike Bacon and co-host Carl Marston for another episode of The Non-League Podcast. In this week’s edition we talk to Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews and are joined by Dave Vincent, former non-league sports writer and still occasional lino!

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