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Investigations continue into large fire at Suffolk cleaning products company

Firefighters damping down at Primo Manufacturing.
Firefighters at Primo Manufacturing.

Investigations are continuing into what caused a large fire at a cleaning products company in Suffolk yesterday.

At the height of the blaze, 15 crews were needed at Primo Manufacturing on the Lady Lane industrial estate in Hadleigh near Ipswich.

Police say the fire is not being treated as suspicious.


Environment Agency monitor river pollution in aftermath of Hadleigh fire

The Environment Agency is monitoring discolouration in the water of the river Brett after a warehouse fire in nearby Hadleigh.

Discolouration in the river Brett Credit: Environment Agency

Experts are analysing the impact of fire water runoff - water used by firefighters to douse the blaze which has entered the surface water drainage system, and then the river Brett via an outfall.

"We are conducting standard tests for ammonia and dissolved oxygen. This gives a good indicator of any pollutants that are entering the water course."

– Tom Pickover, Environment Agency
Discolouration in the river Brett Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has so far seen no major environmental impact of the fire but urges people who see fish in distress to call: 0800 80 70 60 (2)

Hadleigh fire "could have been much worse" says warehouse boss

Emergency services are damping down at the scene of a large fire in Suffolk which broke out at a company which makes cleaning products.

At the height of the blaze, 15 crews were needed to bring the fire under control at Primo Manufacturing on the Lady Lane industrial estate in Hadleigh near Ipswich. Police advised people to keep their windows closed over fears the smoke could contain harmful chemicals.

Graham Burchell, Managaing Director of Primo Manufacturing Credit: ITV Anglia

"It’s a big shock to everybody, a rude awakening in the morning.

But we have got contingency plans in place, all our computer records are stored off site and our main production line is in another building which is safe so from that point of view it could have been a lot worse.

And importantly everybody’s safe."

– Graham Burchell, Managaing Director of Primo Manufacturing
Firefighters tackling the blaze in the Lady Lane industrial estate Credit: ITV Anglia
Firefighters tackling the blaze in the Lady Lane industrial estate Credit: ITV Anglia
Firefighters tackling the blaze in the Lady Lane industrial estate Credit: ITV Anglia

Spate of burglary and car crime in Ipswich

There's been 300 burglaries and car crimes in Ipswich over the last eight weeks.

It includes at least 48 burglaries, six attempted burglaries, 105 thefts from cars and 131 vehicles have been vandalised.

Police are warning residents to think about security as many of the burglaries happened when doors or windows were left unlocked or open.

It's thought most of the crimes are being committed by a small number of persistent offenders.

“People should make sure their house is as secure as possible. If they are at home during the day, they should look out for their neighbours’ property and call us if they see anything suspicious".

– Ipswich Police

In many of the burglaries, jewellery was taken. Ipswich police are asking anyone offered jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances to contact them


Police renew call for witnesses after man in 90s dies following motorbike collision

A man seriously injured in a motorbike collision in Ipswich on Saturday night has died in hospital.

The man, who was in his 90s, has yet to be formally identified. He was driving a red Honda motorbike along Commercial Road when he collided with the kerb on Princess Street.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the motorbike travelling along Commercial Road, or the collision itself.

Calls should be made to PC Dean Webb at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 400 of 18/10/14.

Elderly volunteer assaulted during Suffolk charity shop theft

An elderly woman has been injured during a theft at a charity shop in Ipswich.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon at Suffolk Animal Rescue on Felixstowe Road between 3.40pm and 4pm.

The woman in her 70s, who volunteers at the shop was putting the days takings away when a man grabbed the bag of money. He then pushed her over causing her injuries to her hip.

He fled the shop with the money and ran across the road causing several vehicles to stop.

The man is described as being in his 40s, six foot tall and slim. He is white with a tan, has dark brown curly hair which is swept to one side, and is described as English and well-spoken. He was wearing dark slim fit trousers or jeans, black shoes, and a navy blue waterproof winter jacket.

If you saw someone who matched this description or have any information that could help police, please call DS Cappleman on 101, quoting reference number IE/14/3085.

Pupils poppy memorial

Some of the poppies outside Rushmere Hall Primary Credit: Carrie Beaumont

Staff and children at a primary school in Ipswich are producing a unique art installation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Pupils at Rushmere Hall Primary School have been busy making poppies from plastic drinks bottles. The centre piece is actually made from black plastic food trays. Every child in the school painted a poppy and they are aiming to stretch them along the whole length of the fence!

The painted poppies Credit: Carrie Beaumont

The inspiration behind the project came from the poppies at the Tower of London.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1 Credit: Carrie Beaumont

Justin's claim to fame as Britain's unique bus driver

Justin Pearson from Suffolk is unique among Britain's bus drivers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Justin Pearson from Kesgrave, Suffolk has been a bus driver for six years but there's something about him that makes him unique.

As he climbs into his cab you're unlikely to notice any difference between him and the company's other drivers at First Buses in Ipswich. What sets him apart is that Justin has no legs below the knee.

He's the country's only double amputee bus driver, having had both legs removed when he was 13 months old having been born with no fibulas.

"You've got to have a positive mindset because there's no point in sitting at home, watching TV. I'd rather be out and about doing something that other people do. If one person watches this and thinks 'yeah I can go out and do something', that would be great"

– Justin Pearson

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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