Emily Townsend Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @emilyltownsend Video: Find out who was crowned this year’s Colchester Chilli Challenge champion as contest heats up at town’s market Yesterday, 15:41 Emily Townsend Daring spice fans fired up the competition at Colchester Market today as they made it through three rounds of the town’s annual chilli challenge. Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill actress Emma Chambers dies aged 53 Yesterday, 17:22 Emily Townsend The British actress Emma Chambers – known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill – has died aged 53. Police no longer looking for witnesses to alleged Clacton stabbing after officers told report was false Yesterday, 15:32 Emily Townsend Essex Police are no longer looking for witnesses in relation to an alleged stabbing in Clacton. Revamped HMV store in Ipswich re-opens in Sailmakers shopping centre today Yesterday, 08:34 Emily Townsend Shoppers heading to Ipswich town centre today will be able to catch their first glimpse of the new HMV store in Sailmakers shopping centre. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pays visit to East Anglia Thu, 14:56 Emily Townsend Jeremy Corbyn is in East Anglia this afternoon, where he is paying a visit to seaside town Great Yarmouth. Video: Ward councillor ‘puzzled and concerned’ as Ipswich’s Anglesea Heights shuts over lack of demand Wed, 17:11 Emily Townsend A ward councillor concerned about the closure of one of Ipswich’s largest care homes has said she is “puzzled” by the lack of demand for its services – as fellow health leaders claim they are seeing a spike in older people needing care, not a fall. Video: Which two well-known retailers are on their way to Beardmore Park in Martlesham Heath? Wed, 17:03 Emily Townsend Two new shops are the latest to join a rapidly expanding out-of-town shopping complex near Ipswich, bosses have announced. Safety risks found at two Clacton care homes during CQC inspections plunge both into special measures Wed, 08:26 Emily Townsend Two Clacton care homes plunged into special measures after a health watchdog inspected them are being warned they urgently need to improve standards. Video: Anglesea Heights Care Home in Ipswich to close, bosses announce Wed, 06:22 Emily Townsend One of the biggest care homes in Ipswich is closing – and the news has come as a shock to residents and their families. Video: See inside abandoned Essex fort which could soon be transformed into major tourist attraction Tue, 14:19 Emily Townsend Two friends have unveiled their vision for an abandoned fort they plan to transform into a major tourist attraction. First signs of spring delight youngsters meeting lambs at Baylham House Farm in Suffolk Mon, 15:00 Emily Townsend It may only be February but the first signs of spring are beginning to emerge in Suffolk – and these newborn lambs are among the more adorable clues that a new season is on its way. Chantry Library in Ipswich forced to close every Sunday after anti-social behaviour problems Mon, 11:38 Emily Townsend Anti-social behaviour – including staff being threatened and intimidated – has forced one of Ipswich’s most popular libraries to shut its doors to customers every Sunday. Video: ‘Vile’ attacks on police officers in Suffolk jump by 265% in just three years Saturday, February 17, 2018 Emily Townsend A police union boss has condemned a spike in ‘vile’ attacks on officers in Suffolk as latest figures reveal a 265% rise in more violent assaults. Dog units and firearms officers join police crackdown on vehicle offences in Ipswich town centre Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Emily Townsend Dozens of drivers were pulled over in central Ipswich today as dog units, firearms officers and traffic police cracked down on motorists during a day of action. Gallery: Snowy blast hits Suffolk transforming landmarks into winter wonderlands Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Emily Townsend An icy blast of snow and frost gripped parts of Suffolk and north Essex today – with temperatures due to plunge to -4C tonight. Experts share tips for protecting Suffolk children from taking risks online at university summit Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Emily Townsend Protecting vulnerable children and teenagers in Suffolk from taking risks online is everyone’s responsibility, experts are warning. Video: Clacton actor who battled gender dysphoria to star in international blockbuster Final Score this summer Friday, February 2, 2018 Emily Townsend An actor from Essex who penned a bestselling book about his transition from a woman to a man is starring in an international blockbuster being released this summer. Gallery: Smitten pair prove it is never too late to fall in love as romance blossoms at Ipswich retirement home Thursday, February 1, 2018 Emily Townsend Love is in the air for a smitten Suffolk couple whose blossoming romance is proof it is never too late to be swept off your feet. Video: More than 1,000 people sign up for Midnight Walk – with early bird offer extended Thursday, February 1, 2018 Emily Townsend More than 1,000 people have signed up for the 2018 Midnight Walk so far this year as organisers reveal they are expecting a big crowd on the night. Wing mirrors damaged on 16 cars in Ipswich’s Kings Avenue sparking police appeal Thursday, February 1, 2018 Emily Townsend Police are investigating after wing mirrors were damaged on several cars parked in Ipswich town centre overnight. Updated: Northern Gateway development in Colchester wins £5.5million in Government funding Thursday, February 1, 2018 Emily Townsend Major proposals to make way for more than 500 new homes in north Colchester have won a £5.5million cash boost from the Government. Opportunities were missed in case of Suffolk man Richard Handley, NSFT safeguarding chief tells inquest Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Emily Townsend Several opportunities were missed in the case of a Suffolk man with Down’s Syndrome who died at Ipswich Hospital in 2012, a safeguarding chief at the region’s mental health trust told an inquest. George Ezra joins James Blunt and Craig David in headlining Newmarket Nights gig Friday, January 26, 2018 Emily Townsend Chart-topping music star George Ezra is the latest artist announced for the 2018 Newmarket Nights summer season. Dedication of Ipswich Academy pupil praised by parents on Young Carers Awareness Day 2018 Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend A young carer from Ipswich devoted to helping her disabled sister is being praised for a decade of unwavering support by her parents as the UK marks Young Carers Awareness Day. Lucky neighbours with this IP postcode announced as winners of lottery prize Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend Three Suffolk neighbours are celebrating after scooping cash prizes with the People’s Postcode Lottery. Safety warning issued after bedroom mirror starts fire in Langham near Colchester Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend Firefighters in Essex are urging people to keep mirrors and glass ornaments out of direct sunlight after a house fire in Colchester. Crocodile, pythons and cobras discovered during house raid in Essex Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend A 4ft spectacled caiman and 16 snakes were found during a house search by police working on a drugs investigation in Essex. Mini elephants to brighten up classrooms at Suffolk schools in run up to St Elizabeth Hospice art trail Elmer’s Big Parade Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend Pint-sized Elmer the elephants decorated by school pupils are set to brighten up classrooms in the run up to a St Elizabeth Hospice art trail tipped to rival the success of Pigs Gone Wild. Henley’s of Wivenhoe narrowly misses out on top three plaice at 2018 National Fish and Chip awards Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend An award-winning Essex chippy may have battered the competition to be crowned the region’s favourite – but narrowly missed out on first plaice in the national finals. Teenager treated for shotgun wounds after ‘targeted attack’ in Lowestoft Thursday, January 25, 2018 Emily Townsend A young man suffered shotgun wounds in Lowestoft at the weekend in an attack police are saying was targeted.