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Morning round-up: Five must-read news and sport stories

PUBLISHED: 07:27 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:32 09 August 2018

St Francis Tower, Ipswich  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

St Francis Tower, Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Just waking up or on the way to work? Here’s five must-read news and sport stories for the morning.

A reflection of the St Francis Tower in the Willis Building  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA reflection of the St Francis Tower in the Willis Building Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

1. Cladding to be stripped from St Francis Tower in Ipswich amid safety fears following Grenfell tragedy

Material known as ‘cladding’ will be removed from Suffolk’s tallest occupied block of flats over safety fears prompted by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we can reveal.

It is due to be stripped from the 17-storey St Francis Tower in Ipswich from next week, and the removal process is expected to take six to eight weeks.

2. Man arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after Sudbury crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a car smashed into a building in Sudbury last night.

The car crashed into Tricker Blackie Associates on Station Road Picture: GOOGLE MAPSThe car crashed into Tricker Blackie Associates on Station Road Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene of a single-vehicle collision in the centre of the town after a car crashed into a building on Station Road, near to the junction with Meadow Lane.

No injuries were reported.

3. More body cameras pledge as ‘unacceptable’ attacks on police rise

A pledge has been made to invest more in body cameras amid a rise in the number of attacks on officers.

Suffolk Police Federation chairman Darren Harris condemned any attack on an officer or member of staff Picture: DARREN HARRIS/SUFFOLK POLICE FEDERATIONSuffolk Police Federation chairman Darren Harris condemned any attack on an officer or member of staff Picture: DARREN HARRIS/SUFFOLK POLICE FEDERATION

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore is pledging to do all he can to protect officers and staff after Home Office figures showed more than 300 assaults were reported in the county last year.

4. Blues admit defeat in bid to sign Tilt from Blackpool... but Hurst still wants a defender

Ipswich Town are ready to admit defeat in their bid to sign defender Curtis Tilt from Blackpool.

But Town boss Paul Hurst is still known to want at least one more defender ahead of today’s 5pm transfer deadline.

Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt is a target of Ipswich Town. Picture: Blackpool GazetteBlackpool defender Curtis Tilt is a target of Ipswich Town. Picture: Blackpool Gazette

5. Don’t forget to follow all the transfer deadline day action with live updates throughout the day

Will Jonas Knudsen and Joe Garner leave the Blues? Will Josh Windass sign? Stay up to date.

Ipswich Town could be set for a busy transfer deadline day. Picture: PAIpswich Town could be set for a busy transfer deadline day. Picture: PA

Residents in Essex are being asked for their views on the proposed priorities in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.

Witnesses are being sought after a crash on the Copdock roundabout where the A12 and A14 meet.

They might have spent decades living in the USA, but their hearts are still in Ipswich. A group of 20 “GI brides” met up in San Antonio, Texas, for their annual reunion.

Emergency services were called out to two crashes near Hadleigh this morning.

Traffic delays on A12 and A14 causing delays for commuters, with knock-on problems across the town.

Today is going to get colder with the chance of heavy rain showers mixed with hail and sleet.

An elderly woman was comforted by a local dog while she spent two and a half hours shivering on a Suffolk road waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

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