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Major new mega-ship facility is opened at the Port of Felixstowe

Two mega ships will now be able to berth at the same time. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The port of Felixstowe has extended one of its berths so it can accommodate the world's largest container ships.

It means two mega-ships, both capabable of holding 18,000 containers, can berth and unload at the same time.

The £60 million investment means the Suffolk port remains the largest in the country.

Click below to hear from the Chief Executive of Felixstowe, Clemence Cheng

"I think Felixstowe is a very important port in terms of world trade, particularly for the UK and it will connect the UK to the rest of the world.

We will continue to invest and insure we stay that way."

– Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive, Port of Felixstowe

Police release CCTV following theft from Felixstowe supermarket

The men police are seeking. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police have released CCTV of three men they want to speak to after cash was stolen from an unmanned till in a Felixstowe supermarket.

The theft occurred on Wednesday 19 August, between approximately 3.35pm and 3.45pm, when offenders entered the Co-operative store on Hamilton Road.

The man wearing the white polo top, is described as speaking with an Essex accent.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information to assist the investigation should contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number FE/15/1478.


Police in Suffolk search for missing 14-year-old girl from Felixstowe

Klaudia Sokolowska. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police in Suffolk are searching for a missing 14-year-old girl from Felixstowe.

Klaudia Sokolowska hasn't been seen since Tuesday night (August 4).

She's gone missing several times before, but officers say that they're still concerned for her welfare.

On previous occasions, she has been found in East London, Romford and Ipswich and police haven't ruled out her returning there.

Boats in fatal collision lacked proper lookouts

A report has found that a collision between a 5,000 tonne dredger and a yacht which led to a woman's death happened because neither vessel had a proper lookout.

Bernadine Ingram's body was recovered from the sea off the Suffolk coast

57-year-old Bernadine Ingram drowned after her husband's yacht Orca collided with the dredger off the coast of Felixstowe in Suffolk last summer. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report also said the yacht had entered the dredger's a blind spot, and was not seen until seconds before the collision.

Earlier this year a seaman who was on the bridge of the dredger Shoreway when it collided with the yacht was given a six month suspended sentence, after admitting being responsible for the collision. Gerardus Chapel, from Papendrecht in The Netherlands, was also ordered to pay costs and fines of £10,800.

Gerardus Chapel arrives at court earlier this year Credit: ITV News Anglia

'Majority of workers' made redundant after haulage firm goes into administration

Deben Transport, based at Felixstowe, has been placed into administration. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A haulage firm based in Suffolk has been placed into administration - and most of its 224 workers made redundant.

Deben Transport, which has its head office at Felixstowe, operates seven sites in total across the country.

At its height, it had a turnover of about £30m but has recorded losses in its last two years of trading.

A spokesman for Ensors Accountants confirmed it had been appointed administrators of the business after cost-cutting measures and a recovery plan put in place by managers failed to turn the company around.

"Once the financial position became apparent there was no option other than to cease trading immediately.

"Efforts were made to assign certain of the company’s contracts but this proved not to be possible and, regrettably, the majority of the workforce had to be made redundant once administration was inevitable."

– Mark Upton, Ensors Accountants.


Former daughter-in-law rewarded for 'Fast Eddie' tip-off

Eddie Maher, who fled to the US after stealing a security van in 1993. Credit: PA images.

The former daughter-in-law of the fugitive thief Eddie Maher has received a cash reward - three years after telling police that he had fled to the US.

Jessica King's tip-off eventually led to the conviction of "Fast Eddie" who stole a security van holding over £1.2m from Felixstowe in 1993.

Security company G4S had originally offered a £100,000 reward but it is believed Ms King received just £10,000.

G4S was unable to recover any of the stolen money.

A spokesman said the company "appreciates Ms King's actions and the hard work of the police".

"We are grateful to Jessica King for the information supplied to the authorities that led to Eddie Maher's arrest and later conviction.

"While no money from the robbery was ever returned, we were able to recover some losses through the seizure of Maher's remaining assets, which allowed us to reward Ms King proportionately to what was received."

– G4S spokesman.
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