Emily Townsend Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @emilyltownsend Epic trek across 17 countries for trio attempting Mongol Rally for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices 11:00 Emily Townsend Three engineering students are to put their skills well and truly to the test when they attempt to drive a 21-year-old car across 17 countries for charity. Suffolk taxpayers foot £1.36million bill for £10k plus cars used by council workers Yesterday, 08:29 Emily Townsend Taxpayers forked out more than £1million on cars for Suffolk council workers this year, latest figures show. Ipswich man, 52, appears in court and admits possessing a knife at Crown Pools Yesterday, 15:46 Emily Townsend A 52-year-old man from Ipswich has admitted to possessing a knife at Crown Pools last month. Video: Behind the scenes at Hadleigh Hall – new manager’s vision for former Friars Hall site Yesterday, 15:16 Emily Townsend The manager of Hadleigh’s newest care home is hoping her vision for the former Friars Hall site will turn around negative perceptions. Fresh start for former Friars Hall Nursing Home site in Hadleigh as new owners move in Yesterday, 06:00 Emily Townsend Health chiefs have spent a “substantial” amount of cash refurbishing a building once owned by a crisis-hit Suffolk nursing home in a bid to give it a fresh start. Outdoor cinema, literary festival and jamboree coming to Suffolk for Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration Thu, 17:00 Emily Townsend A vintage cinema bus, jamboree and literary festival are just some of the activities booked for a bumper programme of events coming to the Shotley peninsula this summer. Recording and mixing studio to open in Essex public toilets Thu, 11:25 Emily Townsend Public loos in Essex are to be saved from going down the pan by a music therapist who hopes to transform them into a recording studio. Shed catches fire sparking blaze with ‘thick black smoke’ in Rushmere St Andrew Wed, 19:14 Emily Townsend Suffolk firefighters have managed to put out a blaze which sparked in a shed in Rushmere St Andrew this evening. Dedicated Suffolk dad will travel from Madrid to Portman Road and back for son’s match Wed, 19:08 Emily Townsend A lifelong Ipswich Town fan is to jet off on a 1,000-mile round trip from Madrid to Portman Road and back again to make sure he sees his oldest son play in a cup final. Firefighters rush to reports of ‘thick black smoke’ in Rushmere St Andrew Wed, 18:32 Emily Townsend Two fire engines are currently at the scene of a fire in Rushmere St Andrew. A140 shut in both directions at Little Stonham after car crashes into ditch near The Magpie pub Wed, 16:32 Emily Townsend A man in his 60s was taken to hospital after his car crashed into a ditch today. Stormy sky is winning shot in Suffolk Beauty photography competition Wed, 16:24 Emily Townsend Stunning shot of Easton Bavents wins inaugural Suffolk Preservation Society competition, with Southwold and Ipswich scenes also shortlisted. Colchester ODEON’s midnight showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 cancelled disappointing viewers Wed, 14:39 Emily Townsend Film fans in Colchester will not be able to watch the second instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow – after council bosses cancelled the midnight showing. Tell Us: Did you see this plane flying low over Ipswich and Colchester last night? Wed, 14:01 Emily Townsend Stunned Ipswich and Colchester residents have said they were shocked to see what they thought was a “very low flying passenger plane” swooping over both towns last night. Woman sexually assaulted in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, sparking police appeal Wed, 13:46 Emily Townsend Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in Ipswich. Complete University Guide 2018 rankings announced – see how Suffolk and Essex performed Wed, 09:20 Emily Townsend New university rankings revealed today show the University of Essex has climbed nine places while the University of Suffolk has appeared on the list for the first time. West Mersea lifeboat crew spend five hours rescuing boat which got into trouble off Essex coast Tue, 23:06 Emily Townsend Crew members from the lifeboat station in West Mersea battled for five hours this afternoon to save a wooden boat from sinking off the coast of Burnham-on-Crouch. Updated: Two women taken to hospital after five vehicle crash involving roadsweeper shuts A120 near Coggeshall Tue, 18:38 Emily Townsend A roadsweeper, two vans and two cars crashed on the A120 in north Essex this evening causing police to shut the road. Essex fire service sack chief officer David Johnson Tue, 16:37 Emily Townsend Fire bosses in Essex have dismissed their chief officer after suspending him on full pay for two years. See the ‘heart-stopping moment’ Suffolk runner proposed to girlfriend during London Marathon Mon, 19:49 Emily Townsend A romantic Suffolk father took a moment to catch his breath before getting down on one knee on the final stretch of his first ever London Marathon. Family lead tributes to popular Colchester Take Me Out contestant Charlie Watkins, 22 Mon, 16:20 Emily Townsend The devastated family of a “very special” 22-year-old from Colchester who killed himself last month have led tributes to him as a fundraising page set up in his memory reaches £10,000. ‘Deprived’ coastal districts in Suffolk and Essex more likely to prescribe antidepressants, study reveals Sunday, April 23, 2017 Emily Townsend Tendring is the antidepressant capital of East Anglia according to a new study – and the Suffolk districts of Waveney and Babergh are not far behind. Six ways new speeding laws with tougher penalties could affect drivers in East Anglia Sunday, April 23, 2017 Emily Townsend Speeding fines are going up from tomorrow – with penalties doubling for motorists clocked doing more than 20mph above the limit. High sugar drinks removed from hospital menus as NHS England crackdown hits Suffolk and Essex Friday, April 21, 2017 Emily Townsend Unhealthy drinks packed with sugar are being phased out of hospital shops and cafes in the region as part of a new crackdown by NHS England. Once in a lifetime trip to South Africa for University of Essex students Friday, April 21, 2017 Emily Townsend Students jetted off on a trip of a lifetime to South Africa over the Easter break – an adventure made possible thanks to a collaboration between the University of Essex and Colchester Zoo. Famous names including Charlie Simpson from Busted get behind Suffolk Art for Action 2017 Friday, April 21, 2017 Emily Townsend Busted fans will be delighted to hear band member Charlie Simpson has joined a host of big names booked for an event aiming to raise thousands for Suffolk children. Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran makes Time magazine’s 2017 list of 100 most influential people Friday, April 21, 2017 Emily Townsend Ed Sheeran has landed himself a spot on Time magazine’s most influential people list – where he joins the likes of Pope Francis, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. A12 near Kelvedon will shut for night repairs to Ewell Bridge tonight Thursday, April 20, 2017 Emily Townsend Drivers are being reminded that work to repair a bridge over the A12 near Kelvedon is due to shut the road this weekend. Family’s plea to bring ‘devoted’ Clacton father Nigel Kedar home to his son Thursday, April 20, 2017 Emily Townsend The sister of a self-employed builder from Essex who has not been seen for nearly three weeks has made a desperate plea for him to return home. Emergency services on scene as man becomes trapped in car after A14 crash near Stowmarket Thursday, April 20, 2017 Emily Townsend Firefighters helped free a trapped casualty after a crash on the A14 in Stowmarket on Thursday.