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An army of council workers are preparing to spend tomorrow night sorting ballot papers and counting votes following a day of voting in Suffolk and north Essex.


Tomorrow night as the ballot papers are verified and counted, we will have reporters and photographers out in force ensuring we are first with the election news for Suffolk and north Essex.

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, from Suffolk, is parting with two classic cars that he took to recording sessions for several of the band’s famous albums.


7,500 tickets have been sold by the club already today, on the first day of general sale.


Some rail services to and from Ipswich and Clacton are being altered due to signalling problems.


The body of a man has been found in woodland in Stoke-by-Clare.

Ipswich Town

Ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Jason Dozzell was brought up to hate Norwich City – and he’s got a feeling that his beloved Blues can get the ultimate bragging rights over their bitter rivals over the coming two weekends.

Former Ipswich Town favourite Bryan Hamilton believes Mick McCarthy’s nous could prove to be the Blues’ joker in the pack, ahead of their play-off showdown with Norwich City.


Tickets for the home leg of the most important Ipswich-Norwich derby in decades went on general sale today.


A senior police officer has warned Ipswich Town and Norwich City fans violence, alcohol-fuelled disorder and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on Saturday.

Yesterday, 10:08

Fate has pitted Ipswich Town against East Anglian rivals Norwich City in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Latest General Election news

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tomorrow night as the ballot papers are verified and counted, we will have reporters and photographers out in force ensuring we are first with the election news for Suffolk and north Essex.

Latest Local Election news

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The timing of sending out the postal votes by St Edmundsbury has been criticised by a number of candidates.

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For more information and coverage on the General and Local elections visit our dedicated Election 2015 section.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The car is just a financial and environmental millstone, writes Sheena Grant, who has embarked on a challenge to live a thriftier life.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Friday, May 1, 2015
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