Tour of Britain, Blaxhall motocross tragedy, Corbyn’s election and local football make our weekend round-up

Cycling Tour of Britain racing through Needham Market.

Cycling Tour of Britain racing through Needham Market. - Credit: citizenside.com

Take a look at our round-up from a busy weekend of news and sport in Suffolk.

Tom Pattison, who died while competing at Blaxhall Circuit on September 13

Tom Pattison, who died while competing at Blaxhall Circuit on September 13 - Credit: citizenside.com

Motocross rider dies following accident at Blaxhall

A man in his early 20s, now named as Tom Pattison, died following a crash at an event at Blaxhall yesterday. The air ambulance, an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle all attended yesterday afternoon but he was pronounced dead at the scene. See here for the full story.

Thousands turn out to watch Tour of Britain

More than 120 cyclists took over the streets of Suffolk on Saturday as the Tour of Britain came to the county, with German Andre Greipel eventually taking victory after crossing the line first at stage seven’s finishing point in Ipswich. Crowds lined the route to welcome the peloton as it flashed through Suffolk’s towns and villages, with the success of the event even sparking talk of a Tour of East Anglia. See here for the full story, as well as today’s papers for an eight-page picture supplement.

The region reacts to Corbyn’s election

Jeremy Corbyn was elected as the new leader of the Labour party on Saturday, after polling more than 50 per cent of the vote to win in the first round. Local politicians have had their say, with one describing it as a ‘watershed moment’. See here for the full story.

Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour party

Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour party - Credit: Archant

Ipswich chip shop blaze extinguished

Firefighters were called to extinguish a chip shop blaze in Ipswich on Saturday afternoon. They were called to the scene just after 3pm, with the fire under control an hour later. See here for the full story.


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Round-Britain windsurfer completes challenge at Essex pier

Jono Dunnett, 41, set off from Clacton on June 7 for the 2,000-mile journey, and completed the challenge on Saturday. Although he is the fourth person to complete the feat, he is the first to do so carrying his own kit and without a floating support crew. See here for the full story

Ipswich Town crash at Reading

Reading V Ipswich at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading V Ipswich at the Madejski Stadium.

Friday night proved a tough evening for Ipswich Town, as they were battered away at Reading in the Championship in front of the TV cameras. Orlando Sa struck a hat-trick for the hosts, with goals from Nick Blackman and Oliver Norwood meaning Freddie Sears equaliser proved irrelevant. See here for Mick McCarthy’s thoughts on the game.

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FA Cup joy for Ipswich Wanderers

Despite Town’s woes on the TV, there was still some joy for Ipswich football over the weekend, as Wanderers knocked out higher-division Canvey Island to progress to the next round of the FA Cup. Matt McKenzie scored the winner, to help move his side into the second qualifying round. See here for a report and reaction.

Ipswich Witches miss out on the play-offs

Plymouth Devils’ win at Rye House on Saturday night means there will be no play-off speedway for Ipswich Witches this season, as they finish seventh in the Premier League.

Wanderers fans celebrate with their team after the final whistle in the Ipswich Wanderers V Canvey I

Wanderers fans celebrate with their team after the final whistle in the Ipswich Wanderers V Canvey Island (FA Cup) match at Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 12 September 2015 Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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