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National Basketball Cup: two local teams face off

The region's top two women's basketball teams will face each other in the National Final this weekend.

National Division 2 leaders Ipswich will face Division 1 leaders the Essex Blades in London on Sunday 21.

The Colchester based Essex Blades have previously won the cup. They will soon be moving to new grounds when the The Essex Sports Arena opens later this month.

Woman in her 20s locked in car and sexually assaulted

Credit: PA

A woman was locked in a car and sexually assaulted in Ipswich.

It happened in the early hours of Monday 1 January, when two woman in their 20s, accepted a lift from a man in a red car near to Cardinal Park.

He locked both women in the car, until one of the women convinced the man to let them out.

Shortly after, the man sexually assaulted the woman, outside the car, near Rushmere Road.

One of the women then managed to get the attention of a passer-by who stopped and helped.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the offender approach the victims.

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Do you recognise these men? Police appeal after Suffolk shop thefts

Police want to speak to these four men in connection with thefts in Ipswich and Felixstowe. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police want to trace four men in connection with a series of high-value thefts from shops in Suffolk.

The incidents have taken place over the last 13 months in Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Thousands of pounds of stock has been stolen from stores including Swarovski, Jack Wills and Pandora in Ipswich.

In another theft, at Savers in Felixstowe, medication was stolen.

Do you know the men in this CCTV picture? Credit: Suffolk Police

Police have released CCTV pictures of four men they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.

They are described as: Male one: white, short and of slim build, around 50 years of age, with dark/greying receding hair. Speaks with an East Anglian accent. Male two: white, of large build, with short dark hair and wearing glasses, and around 50 years old. Speaks with a foreign accent. Male three: white, of medium build, with short dark hair and wearing glasses. Also around 50 years old. Male four: white, of slim build and with a shaved head. Approximately 40 years of age.

Anyone with information should call Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 quoting reference 37/71876/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police want to trace these men in connection with the high-value thefts. Credit: Suffolk Police

Work to restore Broomhill Lido in Ipswich gathering pace

Artist impression of the lido Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Work to restore Ipswich's old open air swimming pool looks set to go ahead after years of campaigning.

The Broomhill Lido has just recieved a three and a half million pounds lottery grant.

The Grade II listed art-deco building, constructed in 1938, has been closed for 15 years.

Artist impression Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

"We are so pleased that Fusion's hard work and skill has paid off. The Council remains committed to supporting the project financially and I would also like to thank the Trust for its passion and drive which has helped us get to this stage today."

– Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council's Deputy Leader

"Well done and a massive thank you to Fusion Lifestyle, The Heritage Lottery Fund and to Ipswich Borough Council for their shared commitment and vision. After an epic 15 year campaign, we are delighted that one of Britain's finest lidos and a much loved part of Ipswich's heritage has not only been saved, but will be enhanced."

– Mark Ling, Broomhill Pool Trust

Nitrous oxide gas canisters stolen from Ipswich hospital

A bottle of water has been included in the image to show the size of the canisters Credit: Suffolk police

Twelve gas canisters containing concentrated nitrous oxide have been stolen from the grounds of Ipswich Hospital.

Police say they were stolen earlier this morning at around 4.40am (Saturday 2 December).

The canisters contain the anaesthetic gas nitrous oxide which could be harmful and potentially lethal if inhaled/ingested by members of the public.

Police have released a description of the canisters and the suspects.

  • Canisters area around four feet high
  • They are blue with a white stripe around the top
  • Suspects are four men
  • Driving a dark coloured hatchback car

Absconded prisoner recaptured after tip off from a member of the public

William Kerr has been recaptured by police Credit: Suffolk police

A 56-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder, who was reported missing from Hollesley Bay prison, has been recaptured in Suffolk.

William Kerr failed to return to a rendezvous point in Ipswich during the afternoon of Friday 1 December.

A member of the public who had seen Kerr’s photograph contacted police to report seeing him in Ipswich town centre last night (Friday 1st Dec).

Kerr was arrested and brought to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre pending his transfer back to the prison system.

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Emergency night shelter opens in Ipswich as temperatures plunge

Rough sleepers in Ipswich are to be given access to emergency beds as overnight temperatures look set to fall.

The 'cold weather beds' are at Cavendish Lodge on Turret Lane. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Ipswich Borough Council provide 12 ‘cold weather beds’ in partnership with Genesis Housing Association at Cavendish Lodge on Turret Lane.

People hoping to use the service are assessed when they turn up.

Accommodation also comes with an offer of housing advice to see if trained staff can provide longer term help.

The churches’ winter night shelter also opened this week in the town.

Man in his 70s attacked after football game

The attack happened at the recreation ground in Alderman Road Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for help following an assault in Ipswich.

At approximately 9:50pm last night (Wednesday 22 November), a man in his seventies was assaulted and threatened by another man within the Alderman Road Recreation Park.

The suspect is described as being white, 6ft 3inches tall, aged between 23 and 25, with an English accent. He has blond hair and was wearing skinny jeans and a navy jacket.

Officers say before the attack, a man fitting the description was reported to have assaulted other members of the public and was seen jumping in and out of traffic.

They say the area was busy with people heading home after the Ipswich Town game.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, saw any suspicious activity in the area or has knowledge of the incident should contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting crime reference 37/75220/17 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Orwell Bridge 'likely to be closed' tonight due to strong winds

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close because of strong winds. Credit: Press Association Images.

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close tonight as strong winds prepare to batter the region.

Highways England says, based on current predictions, the crossing will shut from 10pm tonight (Wednesday) until 8am tomorrow (Thursday).

A diversion will take traffic via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

A spokesman said: "Drivers should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space."

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