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PUBLISHED: 07:27 10 October 2018

Ed Sheeran's Chantrya Park gigs could pave the way for promoters to bring other top touring artists to Ipswich Picture: PA/BEN BIRCHALL

Ed Sheeran's Chantrya Park gigs could pave the way for promoters to bring other top touring artists to Ipswich Picture: PA/BEN BIRCHALL

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Ed Sheeran, a ladybird invasion, fireworks night and Stalin’s death mask - here’s the best stories from Ipswich and Suffolk.

A 12-man brawl in broad daylight had to be broken up by police on Tuesday, October 9, with one witness saying they even saw a person involved wielding a piece of wood with nails in it.

Police made three arrests following the fracas, but these men have now been released from custody.

Swarms of Harlequin ladybirds are appearing in Suffolk, which have invaded homes in the county after the species arrived from their native homes of Asia and North America over a decade ago.

Charles Cuthbert, a Suffolk naturalist and RSPB Minsmere wildlife guide, said: “This is the time of year when these ladybirds begin to swarm in search of hibernation sites, usually in a south-facing place in a recess around a window or doorway.”

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran has announced his fourth and final Ipswich show in August 2019.

Tickets can be bought from Friday October 12 at 10am - find out where to get them and how much the tickets are in our story.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Christchurch Park fireworks show too, with the evening of family fun set to be the biggest bonfire night celebration in Suffolk.

Tickets can be bought at any East of England Coop and on the events website.

And, in case you missed it: A death mask modelled on the face of Joseph Stalin could fetch up to 10 times its valuation at auction this week.

It is one of just 12 brass casts made of the Soviet dictator, and also comes with a pair of his brass cast hands.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis tries out tapas sized dishes at the new Arlingtons in Ipswich.

Council chiefs in Essex say they will be faced with tough choices next year after a disappointing cash grant from central government.

A woman in her 40s was racially abused and pelted with eggs in a ‘cowardly attack’ in Colchester.

Policing along the Suffolk/Essex border has come under fire at a farmers’ meeting in Lavenham.

A garden centre that runs a popular Christmas Wonderland attraction has been criticised for making life a ‘nightmare’ for its neighbours in the run-up to Christmas.

A white van registered as having “no current keeper” was stopped by police - and then seized as the driver had no insurance or licence.

A string of burglaries in a quiet rural town has left residents and councillors on high alert.

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