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Giles Coke and Larsen Toure sign for Ipswich Town

Toure began his career with Lille Credit: Ipswich Town

Town have confirmed the signing of Larsen Toure on a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

The Guinean international joins Mick McCarthy’s squad on a free transfer having left French side Arles-Avignon.

The winger spent time with the Blues during pre-season and featured in the friendlies against Colchester and Utrecht, before penning a deal to stay.

Midfielder pens a two-year contract at Portman Road Credit: Ipswich Town

Town have also added a second signing of the day. Giles Coke has signed a two-year deal with the club.

The midfielder joins following a successful trial period with the club, which also includes an option of a further 12 month stay.

Giles has worked his way up the Football League having begun his career at Premier League side Kingstonian FC before moving onto Mansfield Town and then Northampton Town.

The pair both appeared as substitutes in Saturday's friendly against Dutch club FC Utrecht.

Ipswich photographer shaves off beard in memory of friend

Julian Osborne gets his beard shaved off last night for charity. Credit: Julian Osborne

A photographer from Ipswich has raised £2,500 by shaving off his big, bushy beard.

Julian Osborne took months to grow the fuzzy facial hair.

The beard has now gone. Credit: Julian Osborne

But within seconds it was all gone after he got it shaved off by barbers at a local pub.

Julian is raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK after one of his friends died from the rare muscular condition.


Man's body recovered from river near the Orwell Bridge

A man's body has been recovered from the river near the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

A man's body has been recovered from the River Orwell in Ipswich.

Police were called at 3.15am on Wednesday 29 July to reports of a car that was believed to have broken down on the westbound carriageway of the Orwell Bridge.

The car had been abandoned and police called out the Coastguard and RAF Search & Rescue to conduct a search of the river.

The body was found at around 4.30am. The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but is not believed to be suspicious and formal identification of the body is yet to take place. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police appeal after cat shot with pellets in Ipswich

Police are appealing for information after a cat was shot with pellets in Ipswich.

It is believed the incident occurred in the Whitehouse Park area between 5am and 7am on Friday 10 July.

The cat was shot with what is believed to be an air rifle, once in the body and once in the leg. As a result the cat required emergency vet treatment.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Seven teenagers arrested after suspected Ipswich brawl

The incident happened on Tuddenham Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Seven teenagers have been arrested following a suspected fight in Ipswich.

It happened on Tuddenham Road yesterday afternoon (5 July).

An 18-year-old boy was taken to hospital with injuries to his arm but has since been discharged.

Five of the boys have been arrested on suspicion of affray, while the other two were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Police issue safety advice ahead of Ipswich Music Day

Police are urging everyone attending Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park this weekend to take 'crime reduction measures'.

Police are advising people to keep their valuables secure. Credit: PA Images

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the festival which will take place on Sunday 5 July from midday to 8pm.

To reduce the chance of being targeted by thieves police are asking everyone to consider the following:

  • Keep valuables with you at all times
  • Do not bring large sums of cash, or lots of credit/debit cards
  • If you arrive by car don’t leave anything in your vehicle
  • Be mindful of people around you when watching performances
  • Keep mobile phones secure

"We are expecting the day to be a fun festival with many families attending.

"Public safety is paramount, especially when you have large crowds, we want people to have a safe and enjoyable time, taking into consideration the advice we are issuing.”

– Superintendent Jon Dodman, Head of Specialist Operations.


Ipswich: 'Houdini' snake reunited with its owner after latest escape

Jasmine is reunited with the snake. Credit: Suffolk Police

A snake which managed to escape from a house in Ipswich has been reunited with its owner.

The two-foot long sandy coloured serpent wriggled out of a tiny gap in his tank.

Police officers found male snake Tenzin while on patrol in the town early this morning.

PC Alastair Maidment, who has experience of handling snakes, picked him up before taking him to the police station.

After a social media appeal, 17-year-old owner Jasmine came forward.

“I’m thinking of changing his name to Houdini! This is the second time that he has managed to escape out of a tiny gap in his tank.

My brother realised that Tenzin had escaped on Tuesday and we searched the entire house. Although he’s harmless, the last time he got out, he turned up in the tool box under the sink.

My mum phoned me and asked had I seen the police website as they were searching for the owner of a lost snake found in Ipswich.

I’m really happy to have him back as reptiles are a passion of mine. I’m so thankful to PC Maidment and Sgt Livingstone for safely returning him to me. They went above and beyond the call of duty.”

– Jasmine, Owner

Fire in centre of Ipswich set to cause congestion

Fire on Holywells Road, Ipswich Credit: New Anglia Growth Hub

Suffolk fire say they're using their aerial ladder to try to douse the flames from above.

Crews are expected to be there for some while. Due to the location traffic congestion is expected, the police are in attendance assisting the fire service and members of the public.

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