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Experts hopeful missing owl will return to Ipswich park

Mabel the owl has been missing for six weeks.

Experts are hopeful a wild owl that that has disappeared from a park in Ipswich will soon return .

Mabel has regularly been spotted at Christchurch Park, but she not for been seen there for six weeks.

There had been some concern for her welfare, but it's now thought she may be buried away nesting her eggs early.

Mabel was often seen in an oak tree in Christchurch Park.

Man arrested on suspicion of child abduction as missing girl is found

The girl has been found safe and well. Credit: PA

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction - after Suffolk police found a missing 15-year-old girl in Essex.

The girl was reported missing on Thursday March 16 after failing to arrive at school that morning.

Following appeals from her family and a major police search, the teenager was found by officers in north Essex this afternoon, Sunday 19 March.

A 31-year-old man, from the Clacton-on-Sea area, remains in police custody.


Ten-year-old girl approached by man in Ipswich

The girl was approached near Downing Close in Ipswich. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police are appealing for information after a schoolgirl was approached by a man in Ipswich.

The 10-year-old was climbing the concrete stairs near Downing Close, in the Chantry area of the town, between 8.30am and 8.40am on Thursday, March 16.

The man approached her and tried to encourage her to go with him.

The girl felt uncomfortable about the situation and ran up the stairs. When she looked back, the man was running in the opposite direction.

Police name man killed in collision on A14 in Suffolk

The collision happened near to junction 57 at Nacton Credit: PA

A man who was hit by a car on the A14 in Suffolk has been named by police.

32-year-old Alexander Dowds had been walking along the eastbound carriageway at Nacton near Ipswich last night.

The driver of the car stopped after the incident and was uninjured.

The Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) are now investigating the circumstances of what took place. They are appealing for any witnesses.

Man dies following incident on A14 in Suffolk

A man has died on a dual carriageway in Suffolk Credit: PA

A man has died on the A14 in Nacton near Ipswich.

Emergency services were called around 8.10pm yesterday evening (15 March) to concerns for the safety of a man on the eastbound carriageway near junction 57.

Suffolk police say the man died at the scene.

An air ambulance was sent, but was stood down before it reached the scene.

The eastbound carriageway was closed between the Copdock Interchange at junction 55 and Seven Hills at junction 58.

  • Anybody who witnessed the incident are asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting CAD reference 389 of today 15 March.

Plans unveiled to revamp Ipswich town centre

New look plans to revamp the town centre

Plans for a major revamp of Ipswich's town centre have been unveiled.

They include the redevelopment of the Cornhill and a water feature in the town square.

The new plans were drawn up after a widespread consultation last year showed that a majority of people and businesses wanted to see Ipswich’s town centre square improved.

However, some details were met with opposition, including the proposed levelling of the Cornhill by use of a large ramp and a “tower”. These have now been dropped in favour of a more traditional design, incorporating a contemporary sculpture and water feature.

“This is a great moment for the town. These are wonderful plans for our central public space, which will revitalise and beautify a very special civic area. These plans will not only make the centre of Ipswich a better place, attracting new investment, shops and creating jobs but they symbolise two important things; first that Ipswich is rising and secondly how much we can achieve when we work together in the interests of our town.”

– Ben Gummer MP, Ipswich, Con

The new-look plans, will now go before planners in the spring for approval. If the go-ahead is given, the tendering process will follow and then construction work will start next January, with completion due before Christmas 2018.


Teenager arrested after 'throwing objects onto A14'

The teenage boy is currently in police custody Credit: PA

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after reportedly throwing objects onto the A14.

Police received two calls from a lorry drivers, who reported seeing two boys standing by the side of the slip road at Copdock.

One of them appeared to have thrown something as the lorry went past, causing damage to the side of the vehicle.

Officers then received reports from members of the public that pieces, of wood being thrown onto the carriageway between Belstead Bridge and Copdock.

Motorists reported having to swerve to avoid the wood on the A14.

Traffic on the carriageway was stopped while the items were cleared.

  • Anyone who saw what happened or anyone who has any information that can assist should call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD number 184.

600 motorists stopped as part of Ipswich stabbing checks

The stabbing happened on Ancaster Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have stopped more than 600 drivers in Ipswich this week as part of checks following a fatal stabbing in the town.

41-year-old Dean Stansby was stabbed in the stomach in the Ancaster Road area early last month.

Officers now think they've identified 35 people who could potentially help their investigation.

Six people have so far been arrested on suspicion of murder and one person has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All have since been bailed.

Former RAF medic to be guest at war memorial unveiling

Ian Ewers-Larose will be at today's unveiling. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former RAF medic from Ipswich who served in the Falklands will be a guest of honour at the unveiling of a new war memorial in London today.

The event at the Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster will be attended by the Queen and aims to honour people who've taken part in recent conflicts.

Ian Ewers-Larose now has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but is still determined to be there.

"I think it's a great honour to have been asked and to be invited," he told ITV News Anglia.

"I think it's time there is a memorial. A lot of people have served, both men and women, and a lot of people have lost their lives too all in the name of keeping our freedom."

Prime Minister Theresa May, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and senior figures from the Cabinet will attend the ceremony.

Around 2,500 invited guests, including representatives of veterans, serving military, bereaved families, charity workers, civil servants and politicians, will attend a military Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.

It will be followed by an unveiling ceremony of sculptor Paul Day's memorial in nearby Victoria Embankment Gardens in the shadow of the Ministry of Defence building.

The number of British forces personnel and MoD civilians who died while serving in Afghanistan is 456, for the Iraq conflict it was 179, and the Gulf War 47, according to figures from the Ministry of Defence.

"Literally hundreds of thousands of British military personnel and UK civilian citizens served this country in all sorts of various ways in support of those campaigns and we felt that it was extremely important that the way they had conducted themselves, carried out their duties and the service they had given to the nation was honoured and commemorated. So the memorial is exactly that, it's to commemorate duty and service."

– Lord Stirrup, Chairman of memorial project's board of trustees
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