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Five new things about Suffolk this week

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 16 September 2018

Did you know about all five of these stories?  Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Did you know about all five of these stories? Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Take a look at what has happened in Suffolk in the last seven days - including a new car park and plans for a development in Ipswich.

The Foyer in Star Lane, Ipswich closed in March 2017, but could become private rented accomodation Picture: SU ANDERSONThe Foyer in Star Lane, Ipswich closed in March 2017, but could become private rented accomodation Picture: SU ANDERSON

Plans lodged for development of former Foyer housing support centre in Ipswich

The Foyer in Star Lane, which helped vulnerable young adults for more than 20 years, could be developed. A planning application has now been submitted by Ipswich-based firm Sai Asha Ltd to allow the building to be used as a house of multiple occupation. The building currently has 47 buildings and the developers have no plan to change this or the layout of the site. It is thought that the building would become private rented accommodation although it is not yet clear who this would be for.

For the last year, one resident of Ipswich has heard the same haunting sound in the night - a nursery rhyme being played from an unknown source somewhere near their house. Picture: ARCHANTFor the last year, one resident of Ipswich has heard the same haunting sound in the night - a nursery rhyme being played from an unknown source somewhere near their house. Picture: ARCHANT

Mum’s nursery rhyme nightmares solved by late-night crack team

A mother’s torment finally came to an end this week when she discovered what had been keeping her up at night. The mother, who lives on Bramford Road, kept hearing a distant rendition of ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’ while she was trying to sleep. She said the noise has left her frightened and unsure on whether she was imagining it, after months of trouble she reported it to the Ipswich Borough Council who sent someone to investigate. They discovered that the music was coming from an industrial premises on the neighbouring Farthing Road estate, where the music was playing through a loud speaker as a deterrent for trespassers.

Rod Stewart will perform at Portman Road in Ipswich in summer 2019   Picture: Sean HansfordRod Stewart will perform at Portman Road in Ipswich in summer 2019 Picture: Sean Hansford

Rod Stewart to return to Portman Road for summer concert

Music lovers will be excited to hear legendary rocker Rod Stewart will return to Portman Road next summer, in support of the release of his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses. The show will be the 73-year-old’s third appearance at the venue - tickets go on sale at 9am on September 21 from ticketmaster.

Emma Felgate has opened a new branch of her Ipswich floristry business in St Peter's Street, Ipswich

Shop manager Lucy Rush and Emma FelgateEmma Felgate has opened a new branch of her Ipswich floristry business in St Peter's Street, Ipswich Shop manager Lucy Rush and Emma Felgate

New florist in Ipswich town centre - with a familiar name

A new florist has opened in The Saints in Ipswich town centre. The florist, which is called ‘Emma’s’, is the second of its kind with owner Emma Felgate already having a shop on Nacton Road. ‘Emma’s Florist’ has been on Nacton Road for more than 15-years and to celebrate the success of that business venture Mrs Felgate embarks on another.

The site of the former Drum & Monkey pub will open as a car park tomorrow Picture: DAVID VINCENTThe site of the former Drum & Monkey pub will open as a car park tomorrow Picture: DAVID VINCENT

New car park to open in Ipswich tomorrow

Ipswich has gained a carpark this week near the ITFC football ground. The new temporary long-stay car park is on the site of former pub Drum and Monkey on Princes Street. Prices for the new car park are £1 an hour and (midweek) £2 after 2pm.

Suffolk’s Tory MPs look set to vote together to support Theresa May in Wednesday night’s confidence vote on her leadership – but in Essex the picture is somewhat different.

Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership this evening – ahead of the decision, we asked people in Ipswich whether they think the Prime Minister should stay or go.

An ambitious £2.5million appeal to revolutionise cancer care in Ipswich by building a dedicated new state-of-the-art treatment centre has moved a step closer after nearly £300,000 was raised in its first year.

A 74-year-old man who had become “besotted” with a barmaid breached a restraining order by visiting her family’s Suffolk farm, a court has heard.

Questions are being asked over the nature of Huawei’s operations in Ipswich. The telecoms company Huawei, which is currently embroiled in political controversy, is believed to employ around 100 people at its Martlesham base.

The step-sister of Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens held his hand as he struggled to breathe following a knife attack near his father’s home, a court heard.

A sought-after 1960s luxury watch fetched £13,500 in a Suffolk auction.

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