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"It’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy."- Ipswich Town sign former Stoke City striker

Town have signed James Alabi on a one year contract Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town have signed former Stoke City striker James Alabi on a one-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old striker has been on trial at Portman Road for the past two weeks, scoring for the Under 21's in the wins over Leeds and Coventry.

Alabi spent two years at Stoke and had loan spells at League clubs Scunthorpe, Mansfield and Accrington Stanley in that time, before being released by the Premier League club in the summer.

“The trial has gone well. I just got my head down and showed the manager what I can do.

I was offered something at Sheffield Wednesday but I knew Ipswich were interested in having a look at me and I’m delighted to have got a contract sorted. Now it’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy.”

– James Alabi

Man arrested over rape allegation in Ipswich

A man has been arrested after a serious sexual assault in Ipswich which Suffolk police say is alleged to have happened in the early hours of this morning (21st August).

The attack on an 18-year-old woman was reported to have taken place at 3.30am in a car park in Lower Brook Street.

An 18-year-old man from Ipswich is being questioned on suspicion of rape.

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David McGoldrick sets his sights on the Premier League as he signs new Ipswich Town contract

The striker has extended his contract until 2018 Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2018.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored 22 goals in 60 league appearances since joining the club permanently in July 2013.

David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy have been selected for Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

McGoldrick joins Murphy and fellow frontman Freddie Sears in extending his stay at the Blues.

“There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and it’s great to be part of it. We have got a great set of players here and we are going in the right direction. The squad is the best I have known in my time here, with the options we have now. We have got real competition for places all over the pitch. The Premier League where we all want to be and that’s the aim for us this season.”

– David McGoldrick

Freddie Sears signs new Ipswich Town contract

Freddie Sears extends contract at Portman Road until 2019 Credit: PA

Freddie Sears has signed a new contract at Ipswich Town, keeping him at the club for the next four years.

The former Colchester player, who opened his account for the season against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, signed the new deal ahead of tonight’s Championship clash with Burnley.

Sears began his footballing career at West Ham and scored nine goals for the Town last season, after arriving in January.

Crowds turn out for maritime festival

Thousands of people are enjoying a taste of the sea at the annual maritime festival in Ipswich.

It's the fifth maritime festival held in the town. 30,000 people visited yesterday and a further 40,000 are expected today.

Visitors are getting tours of barges moored up in the port, and there are tours of the waterfront.

People at the Ipswich Maritime Festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Men bailed after Ipswich attack

Police have bailed two men arrested in relation to a GBH assault in Ipswich.

Officers were called around 10pm on Friday after reports of a man found at the bottom of a stairwell in Wellington Court with life-threatening injuries.

A 34-year-old and a 35-year-old man, both from Ipswich, were arrested on suspicion of GBH. They have now been bailed until the 28th of September.

The 36-year-old victim is still in a critical condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital with head injuries.

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Man held after Ipswich attack

A 34-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested after another man was left in a critical condition following an attack in Ipswich last night.

The victim who is 36 suffered head injuries in the incident which happened at Wellington Court. He's now being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. His alleged attacker is being held on suspicion of assault and GBH with intent.

Ipswich rated as the third happiest place to live in the UK

Ipswich Marina. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ipswich is celebrating a real feather in its cap.

It's today been rated the third happiest place in the country to live.

This was in a survey carried out by the property website 'Rightmove' and included factors like feeling safe in the community and friendliness of neighbours.

People enjoy Ipswich's Christchurch Park today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Among those visiting the town's Christchurch Park today was Lorna Williamson-Brown and her four-year-old daughter Amber.

"It's a good place to live and I think people are generally pretty happy with their life," said Lorna. "It's certainly a good and safe place for children."

Ipswich was rated behind Harrogate and Shrewsbury.

Cambridge was ranked 34th, Norwich 37th and Peterborough 93rd.

In wasn't such good news for Luton, which was ranked as the 8th unhappiest place to live.

The ten happiest places in the UK

  • 1.) Harrogate
  • 2.) Shrewsbury
  • 3.) Ipswich
  • 4.) York
  • 5.) Chester
  • 6.) Inverness
  • 7. ) Llandrindod Wells
  • 8.) Hemel Hempstead
  • 9.) Watford
  • 10.) Blackpool
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