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Ipswich is preparing to pop the cork on a bumper bank holiday weekend for beer, spirits and music lovers as two festival firsts are due to get underway.

A planning inquiry into proposals to build 300 homes in Kesgrave has stalled after it was ruled that a key report on housing needs in Suffolk was needed for a fair decision to be made.

The University of Suffolk has outlined the importance of European students after it welcomed the Government’s decision to maintain financial eligibility for EU students next year.

Ipswich Borough Council has relaunched its dedicated website detailing up-coming events in the town to help people find all the information they need.

Police are investigating a robbery in Chelmsford in which two men attacked a man with knuckledusters before taking his phone and cash.

A new series of six lectures begins at Ipswich Institute on Friday exploring the relationship between music and the region it was created in – including a look at some of East Anglia’s lesser-known artists.

More than 100 creative computing pupils put their digital skills to the test today at the UK finals of the CoSpace competition in Martlesham.

A planning inquiry into proposals to build 300 homes in Kesgrave has stalled after it was ruled that a key report on housing needs in Suffolk was needed for a fair decision to be made.

One of Ipswich’s biggest primary schools has celebrated after Ofsted inspectors rated the school as ‘good’ in its latest inspection, completing a remarkable transformation in its fortunes in the last five years.

Familiar faces from across the county came together for the University of Suffolk’s first honorary graduates and fellows dinner as part of its year of celebration.

The return of the Tour of Britain is the latest major sporting event to come to Suffolk, following the Great East Run’s decision to run the 13.1mile route on the streets of Ipswich for the first time.

One of cycling’s biggest sporting events returns to Suffolk this September – with a stage entirely contained within the county for the first time.

A cold Monday night couldn’t stop Anglo-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili warming up a delighted Regent as he rolled into Ipswich for the latest stop on his Schmuck for a Night mega-tour.

A woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital with a head injury after being struck by a level crossing barrier in Woodbridge.

A town guide is being put together outlining important information, contacts and club details for Kesgrave which will be released this summer.

“The fans were singing together for 20 minutes – that’s what happened at St James’ Park. There is that same respect, it’s rare to sing with other fans.”

Three new special schools are set to be established in the region as part of the Government’s plans to launch scores of new free schools nationwide.

Bryan Hamilton, John Wark and Alan Hunter are among some of the famous faces who will be appearing in the fanzone ahead of this afternoon’s Bobby Robson Day game at Portman Road between Ipswich Town and Newcastle United.

Superstar cheerleaders from One sixth form in Ipswich made their debut TV appearance on Saturday after being featured in the opening sequence for the new Britain’s Got Talent series.

Volunteers for a new temporary skatepark being set up in Kesgrave during half-term are hoping it can lead to regular sessions for young people in the future.

Plans to establish a new free school in the former Co-op department store in Carr Street have collapsed after a bid was turned down by the Department for Education.

A display of vintage taxi items has been launched at Ipswich Transport Museum as its new season gets underway.

Officers investigating a crash in which a cyclist suffered life-changing injuries when the driver failed to stop have said it highlighted how important stopping at an accident was.

Plans to establish a new free school in the former Co-op department store in Carr Street have collapsed after a bid was turned down by the Department for Education.

Ipswich Institute has announced new additions for its summer leisure learning programme.

Two new pre-schools are set to be created in Ipswich this year after the Government pledged £5million for creating more childcare places for “social mobility coldspots”.

A Kesgrave motorist has been left red-faced after being slapped with two fixed penalty notices for anti-social parking on the same spot in just six days.

Police are investigating an attempted robbery in which a 50-year-old businessman fought off a man armed with a knife in Walton.

Essex Police have charged a man in connection with a burglary which happened in Clacton last year.

Proposals to convert unused rooms at the Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich into a business centre and flats are due to go before planners in June.

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