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Area of Ipswich closed after 'unexploded grenade' discovery

The device was found in Black Hamlet. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An area of Ipswich was closed this afternoon after what was initially thought to be an unexploded grenade was discovered.

It was found by people who were digging and clearing land between the University Campus Suffolk North Campus and Alexandra Park this afternoon (February 11).

Officers put a 50 metre exclusion zone in place and Back Hamlet was closed between the junctions of Duke Street and Devonshire Road.

However, once on site, an Army Bomb Disposal Team determined that it was not a grenade after all and the road has now re-opened.

Teenager arrested over Ipswich stabbing

A teenage boy has been arrested following a stabbing in Ipswich.

It happened near a bus stop at the junction of Pickwick Road and Dickens Road last night (Wednesday).

The victim, aged in his thirties, has been taken to hospital for treatment with potential life-changing injuries.

A 17-year-old boy from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm in connection with this incident.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting reference CAD 391 of 3 February.


Police cordon off area in Ipswich following firearms incident

Police investigate firearms incident in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich.

A police cordon is currently in place in place in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, following a firearms incident last night.

Police were called at 8.30pm to reports of an incident in Manchester Road, where three men forced their way into a house and demanded money from the occupants, threatening them with a handgun.

The men then left the house, taking a quantity of money and making off in a dark BMW towards Tesco, pursued by the victim.

The two vehicles were then involved in a collision on Hawthorn Drive, where the victim reported the offenders fired the gun before driving off. No one was harmed.

Body of man found at address thought 'not suspicious'

The death of a man, believed to be in his 40s, at an address in Foxhall Road in Ipswich is not thought to be suspicious.

Police were called just after 11.35am, Monday 1 February, and attended the address, close to the junction with Back Hamlet, along with ambulance personnel and the fire service.

There were initially concerns over gas canisters at the address, however the property was declared safe around 12.40pm.

An inquest will be held in due course.


Body found at a house in Suffolk

Foxhall Road in Ipswich.

A body has been found at a house in Ipswich. Police were called just after 11.35am this morning to an address in Foxhall Road.

Officers, ambulance crew and the fire service attended after it was reported there were gas canisters inside the address.

The body of a man was found inside and the canisters were checked by the fire service before the property was declared safe around 12.40pm.

Initial enquiries are underway at the scene. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police appeal after car crashes into traffic light

Car collides with traffic light in Ipswich Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a traffic light in Ipswich.

The incident happened just after 5am, on Tuesday 19 January on Norwich Road.

The Volkswagen Sharan vehicle collided with a traffic light Credit: Suffolk Police

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this crash.

"Although the cause of this particular collision is still under investigation, we would like to take the opportunity to remind drivers to take extra care on frosty mornings.Motorists should not only consider the road surface conditions, but also ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy at all times and that windscreens are clear before starting their journey.

It is an endorsable offence to drive without clear glass and you could also be investigated for careless or dangerous driving.”

– Sgt John Hawkes, Suffolk police

Man who died in collision may have suffered a 'medical episode'

A man in his 70s has died following a collision on Bury Road in Ipswich this morning (Saturday 22nd).

Suffolk police were called just after 9.35am to a roundabout close to the Asda supermarket. A Golf had collided with a Rover.

Police say they are looking into the possibility the driver of the Golf, the man who died, may have suffered a medical episode before the collision.

A woman passenger in the Golf has been taken to Ipswich Hospital with chest pains.

The woman driver of the Rover was freed from her car and taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries.

The A14 east bound and west bound off slip roads at the A1156 junction are currently closed, along with the A1156 Bury Road itself.

Emergency winter beds in high demand as temperatures continue to plummet

Emergency winter accommodation at Genesis Housing in Ipswich. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

People sleeping rough in Ipswich have been taking shelter from the freezing weather overnight by staying in emergency beds in the town.

A housing association offers up 12 places from 6pm to 9am when the temperature dips below freezing for three consecutive nights.

They have been available since Thursday and have been in high demand - with all beds taken on Saturday night.

"We have all different kinds of people from different walks of life.

"Some people just forget to pay a bill and everything piles on top of them and they just come into the service because they've been made homeless, can't afford their rent, or lose a job and just can't afford to pay anymore.

"We had one girl turn up [on Saturday] who spent the night before in the church grounds so it's very important."

– Melissa Hewitt, Genesis Housing.
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