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Phil Spencer picks Felixstowe shack as 'Beach Hut of the Year'

  • TV presenter Phil Spencer speaks to ITV News Anglia about 'Grandmas's Little Hut'

When you think of English seaside resorts what comes to mind? Fish and chips? Sandcastles? A dip in the sea?

Well, how about beach huts? Since the Victorian times the East Anglian coastline has been known for it's colourful wooden huts - somewhere to head for a cuppa on a nippy day, or a place to store the towels and crabbing buckets!

But one very special hut, owned by Joy Reeve has now been crowned 'Beach Hut of the Year'.

Joy uses her hut to raise money for charity by providing welcome hot drinks, especially to those brave enough to dip more than a toe in the water.

TV presenter Phil Spencer, presented Joy with her award, and told ITV News Anglia 'Grandma's Little Hut' is central to the community on the beach at Felixstowe.

Women who died after feeling 'very unwell' named

Police were contacted around 4.50pm on Wednesday 12 July Credit: PA

A 46-year-old woman who died after being found on the floor at her home in Felixstowe has been named as Diana Last.

Police were called to Leeward Court following concerns for a woman who felt 'very unwell' and had been admitted to Ipswich hospital.

Officers began an investigation and arrested a 58-year-old man from Felixstowe. He's since been released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.

Following a post mortem examination, her cause of death is undetermined and further tests will be carried out.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the Major Investigation Team by dialling Suffolk Police on 101.

TRAVEL: Trains cancelled between Ipswich and Felixstowe

A person was hit by a train between Felixstowe and Derby Road stations. Credit: PA

Rail services have been cancelled between Felixstowe and Ipswich after a person was hit by a train.

All lines between the stations are currently blocked. A limited replacement bus service is in place.

It is not yet known what time the line will reopen, but it disruptions are expected to continue until 10am.


Cricketers pay tribute to Tunisia terror victim

Phil Heathcote was killed in the terrorist attack near Sousse in June 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cricketers at Felixstowe in Suffolk have paid tribute to Tunisia terror victim Phil Heathcote at a memorial festival.

Steve Bloomfield is from the Felixstowe & Corinthians Cricket Club:

Phil was killed while on holiday near Sousse with his wife Alison in June last year. Alison was shot five times but has recovered from her injuries after spending five months in hospital.

They were long term members of Felixstowe and Corinthians Cricket Club. Yesterday (July 24) current and former players, including their son James, played a series of Twenty-20 games. They also unveiled a memorial bench, which was paid for by local fund raising events.

Members of Felixstowe and Corinthians Cricket Club paid tribute to Phil Heathcote Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police concerned for missing 55-year-old man from Suffolk

Michael Flatman Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for help to find a 55-year-old man from Felixstowe in Suffolk.

Michael Flatman was reported as missing on Thursday evening.

It’s thought he left his home in Felixstowe at some time soon after 2.30pm. There are concerns for his well-being as he has left personal items, including his phone, at his address.

Mr Flatman is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, with cropped grey hair that is thinning at the front.

Anyone who may have information on his whereabouts is asked to call Suffolk Police.

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