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More than £155,000 has so far been raised by the Sir Bobby Robson online auction with hours still to go.


A 67-year-old west Suffolk garage owner who sexually assaulted and raped three schoolgirls more than 25 years ago has been jailed for 19 years.


Tens of thousands of people swarmed to west Suffolk this weekend for what organisers expect to have been a record breaking Christmas Fayre.


A chimney fire in Knodishall was extinguished by firefighters from Leison this afternoon.


More than £3,500 will be presented to the Colchester hospital chemotherapy unit in memory of a woman who died of cervical cancer aged just 25.


Organisers behind one of Suffolk’s largest annual events, Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas fayre, are hoping today’s drizzly weather won’t dampen spirits on the last day of the event.

Ipswich Town


All the goals, and a stunning save from Dean Gerken, as Ipswich Town record a comfortable 3-0 victory away at Charlton.


The trio of Luke Hyam, Josh Emmanuel and James Alabi made their debuts for their loan clubs yesterday.

Yesterday, 20:29

Brighton regained top spot in the Sky Bet Championship as Bobby Zamora’s early second-half goal proved the difference against Birmingham at the Amex Stadium.

Yesterday, 17:30

Freddie Sears believes Ipswich Town were always in control as they secured a comfortable 3-0 win away at Charlton this afternoon.

Yesterday, 17:08

Chief football writer Stuart Watson gives his view on Ipswich Town’s 3-0 win away at Charlton.

Yesterday, 15:38

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy said his side’s ruthlessness in both boxes was the key to a 3-0 victory at Charlton this lunchtime.

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Wed, 17:10
Sam Newman top scored for Ipswich in London

Ipswich put together a fantastic second-half performance to bring home an important 75-50 win on the road against London Westside, who are still searching for their first win.

Wed, 15:43
Golfer Josh Robertson

Suffolk golfer Josh Robertson is celebrating a notable victory in America.

Wed, 12:32

Ipswich moved to the fourth round of the National Colts Cup, winning 31-22 at Braintree at the weekend.

Tue, 16:38
Sudbury v South Woodham Ferrers - rugby action.

Sudbury got back to winning ways in style on Saturday in London North 2.

Tue, 06:00
Morten Risager is back with the Witches

It’s the club he loves and Morten Risager can’t wait to pull on the Witches kevlars again in 2016.

Mon, 06:00
James Sargeant

James Sarjeant admits to being ‘really happy’ he got the call from Chris Louis to race for Ipswich in 2016.


Josh Eames and Ryan Scillitoe from Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree have raised more than £5,000 for charity through a 1,000 mile cycle challenge.

Yesterday, 06:00
The Leading Lives team receive their tropy at the Social Enterprise UK Awards in London.

Ipswich-based Leading Lives has been named Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year at the Social Enterprise UK Awards.

Fri, 18:03
The Hot Off The Press premises inTacket Stret, Ipswich, which the company has vacated after 25 years.

A printing company which has operated from the centre of Ipswich for 25 years has relocated – to a purpose-built log cabin in the owner’s garden.

Fri, 15:11
Elaine and Nigel Bowen of Vanguard Communications.

Two businesses which receive support from Suffolk enterprise agency Menta have received Small Business Sunday awards from entrepreneur and former BBC Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

Fri, 08:00
Wayne Seddon from The Bridge House in London receives his Adnams Pub of the Year award from chief operating officer Karen Hester.

Southwold-based Adnams has named The Bridge House, near London’s Tower Bridge, as its Pub of the Year.

EA Life

It can be upsetting and lonely having a child with a disability, but Wendy Smith would rather shout about the many positives. Steven Russell hears how love and kindness trumps any anger and bitterness

Yesterday, 17:00
The Rare Cow Sudbury, lime cheesecake

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis reviews the Rare Cow in Sudbury

Yesterday, 14:00
Ellen with her newborn son

My husband has become mildly obsessed with a new TV show that puts civilians through the terror and agony of Special Forces selection.

Fri, 11:37
Fiona Murphy is pictured at Moo Moo Cakes in Cavendish.

If you’ve visited a Paddy and Scott’s Café recently, you may have sampled a tasty treat baked by Moo Moo Cakes.

Don't leave it til the day before, start preparing your Christmas treats now

Does the mention of Christmas bring you out in a cold sweat? All that shopping, cooking and cleaning.

What's On

Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at the Colchester Mercury’s spring and summer season.

Fri, 11:14
A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is on stage at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, in April

Drama, ballet, comedy, opera, music, plus a magic sprinkling of stars from stage and screen.

Digitopia, part of DanceEast's spring season

There’s one problem with having had a great autumn season, including three world premieres, says DanceEast’s artistic director Brendan Keaney.

Thu, 10:38
The New Wolsey Young Company's production of The Elephant Man. It's looking for performers to join the cast of next spring's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

The New Wolsey Young Company stages its first ever musical, Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, next spring and needs performers.

Hairspray, at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Musical theatre fans have never had it so good. Over the next few months the Regent will play host to Sound of Music, Annie, Cats and Sister Act. Hairspray set the bar high.

Mon, 18:03
Mark Burridge as Dr Astrov and Emma Martin (with blonde hair) as Yeliena

With its focus on the self-worth, the work ethic, and ecological disaster, Chekov’s Uncle Vanya has become spookily prescient. On the opening night of their tour, the cast of the Open Space Theatre jumped headlong into this maelstrom of ideas with their customary commitment, offering up a classic Chekov primer, done straight, with a genuine respect for the text.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
The cast of Hairspray, at the Ipswich Regent from Monday. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad - aka Benidorm star Tony Maudsley - talks man boobs, the trouble with high heels and why the musical is the perfect way to raise important issues with your kids.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Felixstowe Musical Theatre stage Dick Whittington and his Cat. Photo: Chris Carne

Pantomime season has arrived (oh yes it has). Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to two of the actors in Felixstowe Musical Theatre’s production Dick Whittington and His Cat

Colchester United

Yesterday, 17:46

Colchester United’s first match, since manager Tony Humes’ departure last Thursday, ended in a disappointing 5-1 defeat at Burton Albion this afternoon.

Yesterday, 16:53
Callum Harriott, who fired the U's into an early lead at Burton this afternoon

Burton Albion 5 Colchester United 1

Yesterday, 06:00
Then-U's manager Tony Humes, left, presents 'East Anglian Daily Times' correspondent Carl Marston with his commerative Colchester United shirt after the reporter's 1000th game, at Rochdale last March. Humes stood down as U's boss on Thursday

Tony Humes became the 12th Colchester United manager I have seen disappear through the exit door, since I started reporting on the U’s back in 1992.

Fri, 10:05
Tony Humes left his role as Colchester boss yesterday

Following Tony Humes’ departure as Colchester United manager yesterday, Carl Marston looks at the leading candidates to replace him.

Fri, 09:39
Jon Burns, chairman of Colchester United Supporters' Association.

The chairman of the Colchester United Supporters’ Association (CUSA) has backed the approach taken by the club’s chairman in the wake of the latest managerial sacking.

Fri, 06:03
Kem Izzet

Kem Izzet would love to become the new manager of Colchester United.

Thu, 13:04
Tony Humes has been sacked as Colchester boss

Tony Humes has today parted company with Colchester United.

Thu, 11:25
U's boss Tony Humes

Colchester United have switched their weekly press conference from the club’s training ground, at Florence Park, Tiptree, to the stadium this lunchtime.