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Bumper summer for Suffolk businesses feature. Bury St Edmunds.

Long hot days and a lack of rain has led to some of the region’s businesses experiencing some of their best summers on record.

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Tom Lawrence

With the end of the emergency loan windows it looks as though football clubs up and down Britain will be in for a busier-than-usual transfer deadline day.

Ipswich Hospital's Stoma Care Nurse Specialists Sally Power and Sharon Stopher work with patients to help them acclimatise to having a stoma

Do you know what a stoma is? LAUREN HOCKNEY didn’t either. But here Ipswich Hospital’s stoma care nurse specialists talk about their important role in helping those who have them and how they are working to quash common misconceptions

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The Naze Centre, run by the Essex Wildlife Trust

A £1.2million project to ‘champion’ facilities at Walton’s historic Naze is to culminate with the opening of its new visitor centre next weekend.

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The East of England Coop in Brightlingsea which was ram-raided.

A five-figure sum of money was stolen from a cash machine during a raid at a store in Essex, police have confirmed.

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Mersea Week is a sailing regatta organised by the West Mersea Yacht Club and the Dabchicks Sailing Club at Mersea Island. Pic: West Mersea Yacht Club / Dabchicks Sailing Club.

A record number of people took in the annual sailing regatta at Mersea Island.

Stephen Higgins has been sentenced for speeding. Leaving Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner says the public have been “let down” after a motorcyclist caught going 133mph on the A14 walked away from court with a £50 fine and three-month driving ban.

Ipswich Town

Tom Lawrence

With the end of the emergency loan windows it looks as though football clubs up and down Britain will be in for a busier-than-usual transfer deadline day.

Town manager Mick McCarthy. Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

It’s a day football fans across the country usually get very excited about – transfer deadline day.

Mick McCarthy gives former Ipswich loanee Jonny Williams a hug at the end of the game at Nottingham Forest

Ipswich Town are understood to be at advanced stages of negotiations to bring Jonny Williams back on loan to the club – for a fourth time – from Crystal Palace.

Barnsley's Marley Watkins (left) and Millwall's Mark Beevers battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London.

Ipswich Town are closing in on the addition of a striker ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline, but they won’t be signing Barnsley’s Marley Watkins after the club had a £1m bid rejected.

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Tom Lawrence has joined Ipswich Town on a season-long loan from Leicester. Photo: ITFC

Ipswich Town new boys Tom Lawrence and Leon Best have both spoken about how the well-known togetherness at the club was a big factor in them putting pen to paper at Portman Road.

Yesterday, 15:25
Tom Lawrence in action for Wales.

Ipswich Town have signed versatile attacking midfielder Tom Lawrence on a season-long loan from Premier League champions Leicester City.

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GB Paralympic swimmer, Ryan Crouch, is pictured at Crown Pools in Ipswich.

Britain’s Olympic success might be seen as a hard act to follow – but East Anglian Paralympic swimmer Ryan Crouch says the show has only just begun.

Mon, 18:00
GB Paralympic swimmer, Ryan Crouch, is pictured at Crown Pools in Ipswich.

The Olympics may have finished but the Games are not over yet – next month it is the turn of the Paralympics to take over Brazil.

Business

Steve Muncey, KPMG

Big Four accountancy firm KPMG is to establish a new office in Norwich to help serve its client-base across East Anglia.

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Writtle University College has appointed an Essex baroness, Anne Jenkin, as founding chancellor from tomorrow.

Yesterday, 17:45

Britain’s households increased their spend on leisure activities last month, but many are concerned about the future impact on their finances from the vote to leave the European Union.

Yesterday, 12:32

Technology giant Apple has vowed to overturn a record 13bn euro (£11.1bn) bill after a European Commission ruling that it has an illegal “sweetheart” tax deal in Ireland.

Yesterday, 12:08

Colchester’s new-look Fenwick department store is to be officially unveiled on September 15 following a £35m redevelopment.

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Mon, 12:36
Many cosmetics - like this exfoliating daily wash - contain microbead plastics that are said to be damaging seas, wildlife and entering the foodchain.

What will future generations who live without plastic but are still grappling with the environmental legacy of our seeming addiction to the substance think when they look back at the “oil age”?

Mon, 12:00

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

Mon, 00:05

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

John Elwes went to bed when it grew dark so he didn’t have to pay for candles, and ate little more than stale bread and mouldy meat

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Stephen Bourne with the cast of The Poor Soldier

The chairman of Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal has stepped down following the conclusion of his four-year tenure.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Star of stage and screen Nigel Havers thas spoken of his love for Suffolk as he prepared for his latest show at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Thursday, August 18, 2016

They seek him here, they seek him there; but if you want to find The Scarlet Pimpernel he’s coming to Hedingham Castle.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

One of the great additions to the region’s theatrical life has been the advent of the Colchester Mercury’s summer family production. This is the perfect way to introduce youngsters to the joys of theatre but this isn’t a kids show – it’s a genuine family-friendly play which has plenty to offer audiences of all ages.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage decided to find out.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Expect guest appearances from Spiderman, Velma from Scooby Doo and maybe a few dinosaurs, particularly a velociraptor named Vince when Joe Pasquale’s new tour One Man And His Bog comes to town.

Colchester United

Yesterday, 21:38
Brennan Dickenson fouls Andre Blackman at Crawley during tonight's 1-0 defeat at Broadfield Stadium

Crawley Town 1 Colchester United 0

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was delighted with his side’s first away win of the season, a 2-0 success at Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wycombe Wanderers 0 Colchester United 2

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Despite last weekend’s defeat at Portsmouth, right-back Richard Brindley remains upbeat and confident for the season ahead.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Colchester United lost their unbeaten league record, at Portsmouth on Saturday, but the signs are still promising for the season as a whole.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Colchester United manager, John McGreal, felt that his side were just getting on top when Portsmouth scored the first of their two late goals at Fratton Park this afternoon, in a 2-0 defeat.