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Five million cigarettes seized at Port of Felixstowe

Felixstowe Port, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

Border force officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle five million cigarettes into the UK through the Port of Felixstowe.

Officials found the shipment on Wednesday night after investigating a trailer which had arrived at the port from the Netherlands.

If the smuggling attempt had been successful, it would have cost the Treasury around a million pounds in unpaid excise duty.

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Port of Felixstowe expansion given go-ahead

The Port of Felixstowe. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Port of Felixstowe will be able to welcome even more container ships in the future after plans to extend its two newest berths were given the go ahead by the Marine Management Organisation.

It will take the total space available to container vessels at the port to 3,250 metres. Work on the extension will begin soon and is due to be completed next year.

Appeal to trace missing man from Felixstowe

Matthew Scales missing since Saturday night. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a 33-year-old Felixstowe man who went missing on Saturday night, 1 February.

Matthew Scales had an argument with his partner and had been drinking and he was last seen around 8pm on Saturday in the Brightwell Close area of the town.

Attempts have been made to contact him since but his mobile phone was found a short distance from where he was last seen after a search by friends and he’s not thought to have any cash or bank cards with him.

Mr Scales was reported missing to police this morning, Monday 3 February, and there is concern for his well-being. Police have made some initial contact with friends and family but at this stage no one appears to have seen him since.

He is described as white, around 5ft 7ins – 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with receding thinning light brown hair. At the time he went missing he was wearing a dark Puffa-style jacket, blue jeans and brown leather boots.

Police are asking Mr Scales or anyone who may have seen him since Saturday evening, or anyone who knows where he is now, to contact the duty sergeant at Felixstowe Police Station as soon as possible by dialling 101.

Suffolk: £2 million worth of counterfeit goods seized at the Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Border Force officers at the Port of Felixstowe have seized fake goods worth more than £2 million in the run up to Christmas.

A haul of counterfeit perfume, shoes, clothing and mobile phone accessories have all been recovered.

Some of the counterfeit goods. Credit: Home Office

The international trade in fake goods is estimated to cost the UK economy around £1.3 billion a year.

The proceeds are also often used to fund serious organised crime.

1000 properties encouraged to evacuate on the Suffolk coastline ahead of tidal surge

Residents living in approximately 1000 properties on the Suffolk coastline are being encouraged to evacuate as a tidal surge travels down the county this evening.

Where possible, people living in the 14 severe flood risk areas, as identified by the Environment Agency, should make arrangements to stay with friends or family outside the affected areas.

Alternatively, the Suffolk Resilience Forum has identified four rest centres in the county for people who are likely to need to relocate as a result of flooding. The locations are as follows:

  • Water Lane Leisure, Water Lane, Lowestoft, NR32 2NH
  • Leiston Leisure Centre, Red House Lane, Leiston, IP16 4LS
  • Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East, Felixstowe IP11 9JF
  • Carlton Colville Village Hall, Hall Road, Carlton Colville Lowestoft NR33 8BT

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MPs say Felixstowe port being hindered by 'bottleneck'

A report by MPs says the port of Felixstowe is one of several around the country being hindered by road and rail bottlenecks. Credit: PA

A report by MPs says the port of Felixstowe is one of several around the country being hindered by road and rail bottlenecks.

The report says the government needs to contribute significant improvements to the road and rail networks rather than expecting port operators to pick up the bill.

They point out that Felixstowe in Suffolk, one of the country's major container ports, is currently served by only one single track branch rail line.

Man charged over Southwold burglary

A 24-year-old man has been charged with burglary after a break in at Southwold Antiques Centre where jewellery worth £100,000 was stolen.

Martin Pearce, of Melford Way in Felixstowe, was arrested on 12 November, in connection with the incident at the shop in Southwold High Street, which took place on 6 November and was interviewed by officers before being charged with the burglary.

A 29-year-old woman from Felixstowe who was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of handling stolen goods in connection with the incident has now been bailed to return to police on December 9, pending further enquiries.

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