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The search is on for the paw-fect poster pooch to front Suffolk’s biggest annual canine celebration – following in the furry footsteps of previous stars.

Controversial plans to abandon the four hour waiting time target at A&E could be detrimental to patients, the boss of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals is warning.

Adders, slow worms and lizards delayed work on a housing project in Jaywick Sands – with last year’s wintry weather preventing the cold-blooded creatures from being captured and re-released, it has emerged.

An adrenalin-pumping street rally which saw thousands flock to Essex for a slice of the action is back with a bang next month.

A Suffolk GP surgery with thousands of patients on its register is now in special measures after health inspectors raised concerns about safety and leadership.

A Center Parcs style leisure park – complete with more than 100 holiday lodges and lakes for canoeing, sailing and fishing – could open in Brightlingsea by 2025 if a major planning application wins approval.

A vulnerable prisoner died the day after he was given Spice by fellow inmates at a Suffolk prison who used him as a “guinea pig”, an inquest heard.

Police in Essex are warning of the harrowing consequences of drug driving as arrests for the offence outstripped those for drink driving for the third time in four months.

Clacton Pier’s most iconic ride is set to return this weekend after a winter break in Scotland.

Hundreds of students and staff at the University of Essex have come together to take a stand against anti-Semitism.

There ain’t no mountain high enough for this adventurous seven-year-old – who is gearing up to scale new heights for a youth cancer charity.

Firms are slashing hours and cutting jobs over Brexit fears – prompting more people than ever before to turn to foodbanks for help, it has been claimed.

A shaken university student is warning others to be vigilant after hooded attackers left him injured along a narrow pathway in Colchester.

A 21-year-old man from Essex died in hospital after the moped he was riding crashed in south east Asia, an inquest heard.

Keep your eyes peeled for TV favourites at the Cornhill today – the team behind BBC’s The One Show have reserved a filming slot this afternoon.

BBC’s The One Show is filming on the Cornhill tomorrow – tasting the first crop of tomatoes from the UK’s most eco-efficient greenhouse near Ipswich.

Shy bakers have led to the cancellation of an Ipswich cake contest planned for the weekend.

Tomatoes at a high-tech Suffolk greenhouse the size of 11 football pitches are ripe for picking – 10 weeks after the first seed was sown.

Getting ambulances back on the road is a priority for hospitals in the region, bosses said, as the number of ambulance hours wasted by waiting to hand over rose again this winter.

The way A&E departments in Suffolk and north Essex treat patients is going to change, NHS bosses have revealed after hospitals missed national waiting time targets for two months in a row.

Drivers may finally be getting the message, Suffolk’s crime chief has said as the number of motorists snapped speeding on the Orwell Bridge plunged to a three-year low.

An 18-year-old from Suffolk is looking to unleash her talent and make judges sit up and take notice during one of the world’s top dog shows.

A Jewish society will be created at the University of Essex irrespective of any ratification by its students’ union, a vice chancellor has said.

A poll asking students whether a Jewish society should be set up at the University of Essex has been pulled from the student union website ahead of a fresh vote, we can reveal.

A major road linking Mersea Island with Colchester and its surrounding villages is now back open after a serious crash.

Hundreds of students at the University of Essex have voted against creating a Jewish society, sparking anger from a national union and Colchester’s MP.

Ambulance workers were sent to Suffolk and Essex jails hundreds of times last year – the equivalent of more than once a day, we can reveal.

The situation facing Suffolk and Norfolk’s struggling mental health trust has been dubbed “scandalous” after it emerged patients in crisis are still being sent hundreds of miles away for treatment.

Fresh proposals are being unveiled for the expansion of an Ipswich college – just weeks after planners gave a state-of-the-art technology hub the green light.

Long-serving doctors could be persuaded to abandon retirement and help tackle GP shortages in Suffolk and north Essex, it has emerged.

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