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Saturday sees the big re-opening of UK pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes - and Sudbury is ready and waiting for the return of their customers.

An urgent investigation has been launched after new figures revealed the numbers of Suffolk school pupils permanently excluded doubled this year.

A Suffolk couple are marking their platinum wedding anniversary with an emotional reunion – having seen each other just once in 115 days apart due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Landscaping and tree surgery equipment were among items stolen during a burglary earlier this week in Tostock.

People heading to beer gardens, al fresco restaurants or street cafes on Super Saturday can expect a mixture of weather with rain set to dominate in the morning but the afternoon likely to be brighter.

Extra NHS staff are being drafted in this weekend with Suffolk hospital chiefs anticipating a spike in A&E demand when drinkers head back to pubs.

A cinema in Bury St Edmunds is introducing a concierge to greet customers, a dedicated hand wash point and distanced allocated seating among measures to prepare for reopening.

Rallying calls for an upgrade to Suffolk’s notorious A14 have grown after MPs wrote a letter demanding £150million to fix seven key “pinch points” along the route.

Pub-goers who misbehave when hospitality venues reopen across Suffolk on Saturday can expect “firm action” from the police, according to the county’s assistant chief constable.

Seven of the 10 biggest nations Suffolk and Norfolk firms export to are EU nations, data has revealed.

People across Suffolk and Essex are being urged to get outside and clap for the NHS to mark the service’s 72nd birthday.

Suffolk had one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in England last week – with less than one positive test result per 100,000 people.

Hundreds of kilos of class A drugs have been seized, along with millions of pounds in cash and firearms, during police raids across eastern England as part of the UK’s biggest ever law enforcement operation.

A Suffolk education union has warned that having full classes in September without effective social distancing will be “reckless” and “potentially dangerous”.

Suffolk charities and voluntary groups faces a “tsunami of issues” in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Keeping up an exercise regime during the Covid-19 lockdown can be tough, even for the fittest adults. But these young people have showed it can be done - by keeping up with their “Daily Mile”, even though not all children are able to go to school.

One further patient being treated for coronavirus has died at the trust which runs Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

Suffolk is set for a cloudy end to the week - with a small chance of more thunderstorms tonight.

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran is one of 1,500 acts to have signed an open letter calling for urgent government action to save the live music industry.

People will be able to ask public health leaders about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in Suffolk at a meeting later this month.

They provide lifelines for young and old, with children’s events and social activities on top of lending books, CDs and DVDs. But when will Suffolk’s libraries finally reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown?

It has been more than 100 days since the UK went into lockdown to try and curb the spread of coronavirus, forcing us to stay home to help the NHS and save thousands of lives. Here we take a look back on how life has changed.

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to coronavirus - yet one Suffolk community tennis club is thriving despite the pandemic.

Suffolk’s senior Church of England clergyman is encouraging parishes to adopt a “cautious reopening process” following the news that churches can hold public worship and weddings from this weekend.

Vans, trailers and trade waste will now be accepted at tips across Suffolk as the county council continue their phased approach to reopen recycling centres to maximum capacity.

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Suffolk driver Alex Albon will be back on track this weekend as the Formula One world championship starts up again.

Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher has spoken openly about his son Christopher’s struggles with mental health as part of a new campaign.

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.

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