A popular Christmas attraction is putting its Santa’s grotto online in an effort to “keep everyone as safe as possible” due to Covid-19.

The value of tourism to the Bury St Edmunds economy grew by £2.2million last year, latest figures have revealed - but 2020 has been one of the worst for the sector.

A key worker who was given the option of a five-hour round trip to get a Covid-19 test for her young daughter has described the system as “ridiculous”.

An Ipswich step-mum has managed to lose more than six stone since the beginning of the year, without taking up exercise and not weighing herself once during the lockdown.

Legal powers to combat boy racers on a Bury St Edmunds estate could be brought in to tackle the problem.

The leader of Ipswich Borough Council is among more than 1,000 Labour councillors and mayors across the UK who have written to Boris Johnson urging him to rethink plans to end the furlough scheme.

A popular Ipswich cocktail bar will play host to the annual Suffolk Fashion Show as it moves online for the first time due to coronavirus.

A campaign to support the historic Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds is completed with more than £30,000 raised.

A cow has become stuck in a water-filled ditch in Reydon, with four fire crews attempting to set it free.

A driver has been taken to Colchester Hospital after two cars collided on the B1068 near Stoke by Nayland.

A self-employed photographer and mum-of-three from Ipswich said the wedding industry is being “left to rot” as she struggles to provide for her family following the impact of coronavirus.

Suffolk families have been told to travel hundreds of miles for Covid testing or that there aren’t any available at all – this is what happened when we tried to see if it was possible to book one.

Sudbury stalwart Arthur Gill, known by many as ‘Mr Gill the gas man’, has died at the age of 87 after decades of serving his community.

Cancer care could be hit by a £200,000 loss in income from Suffolk after charity Macmillan revealed that it expected to lose huge amounts from its annual coffee morning fundraiser.

Suffolk councils could be forced to approve twice as many homes per year under new government proposals – a move that some claim could “permanently destroy” the character of many communities.

A schoolgirl from Suffolk said she is spurred on by the community’s support as she compete’s in the Britain’s Got Talent semi-final tomorrow night.

Plans to revamp Suffolk’s children’s centre provision will go ahead, after a challenge by opposition parties was dismissed.

An ambitious £5million project to restore the roof of the famous Rotunda at the National Trust’s Ickworth has been completed.

A task group has been formed to work with food processing plants across Suffolk to prevent coronavirus outbreaks similar to that seen at Banham Poultry.

The company installing the full fibre network infrastructure in Bury St Edmunds has been told “the situation must improve” following more complaints.

Suffolk GP surgeries are receiving just one sixth of the pneumonia vaccines they need, it has emerged.

Plans have been lodged for a new service station along one of Ipswich’s busiest routes.

Vital efforts are being made to protect Sproughton from unsuitable development, according to village leaders.

Ipswich Hospital has spent £6.5million on a new lab which has become the hub for molecular testing in Suffolk and north Essex – and up to 2,000 people per day will soon be able to be tested.

An eight-week consultation has been agreed by Ipswich Borough Council’s executive to launch this autumn over 54 planned additions to the town’s local list.

Here are all the important astronomical events for September – including an autumnal equinox, a star cluster and a number of chances to see an international space station.

More than a quarter of new coronavirus cases in Suffolk are among people aged between 15 and 25, shock new data reveals.

A second wave of coronavirus is coming this autumn or winter, according to a senior hospital planner – but elective services are this time set to continue.

Graffiti removal, managing playgrounds and maintaining car parks among other council services could change next year as councillors decide whether to bring services back under their own roof.

Domestic abuse referrals in west Suffolk rose by more than a quarter during the coronavirus lockdown, latest data shows – and more reports are expected over the coming weeks and months.

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