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Extra trains to be laid on to get concert fans home

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Greater Anglia has announced it's to run extra trains to coincide with the Elton John concert at Portman Road in Ipswich.

They'll run two extra trains to take concert-goers home on Saturday 17th June.

An extra train will run from Ipswich to Norwich at 23.15 and from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street at 23.18.

“We know that Elton John’s concert is going to be hugely popular, so we wanted to make sure that fans could get home safely afterwards. I’m very happy that we’ve been able to put on two extra trains to coincide with the end of the concert. We will be using all of our available trains and carriages, but we are still expecting trains to be very busy on the night.”

– James Reeve, Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager


Police operation to tackle anti-social behaviour hailed a success

A dedicated team of police officers tackling violence and related anti-social behaviour in Ipswich have made over 100 arrests in 12 weeks.

Police say Operation Woven has been so successful they're now running it until the end of August. It was launched in March with the aim to deter and disrupt crime and anti-social behaviour.

Large quantities of drugs and cash, along with other drugs paraphernalia and weapons, have been seized as a result of various warrants and searches. A number of properties linked to drug dealing and ASB have also been subject to closure orders.

"This operation was only initially intended to be in place for six weeks, but due to its overwhelming success and the support of our partners we have extended this to six months, so it will now run until the end of August.

Operation Woven is achieving real results, as demonstrated by a significant number of those arrested being charged and put before the courts already and many more still under investigation. Large quantities of drugs have been seized and therefore prevented from being dealt on the streets of Ipswich, helping to make our neighbourhoods safer places for everyone."

– Ipswich’s policing commander, Superintendent Kerry Cutler

Prince Charles visits Suffolk farm to see rare breed work

The Prince of Wales was in Suffolk on Monday to find out how one farm is helping to protect some of our rare breeds of livestock.

As patron of the 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust', Prince Charles was meeting its new president - celebrity farmer and writer Jimmy Doherty.

Since he took on his farm at Wherstead near Ipswich in 2002, he's re-established breeds such as the once virtually extinct Essex Pig.

Prince musical 'Purple Rain' will come to Ipswich

The musical will showcase some of Prince's greatest hits throughout his career. Credit: PA

A musical based on the songs of Prince will come to Ipswich as part of a UK-wide tour next year.

'Purple Rain' is described as a live celebration of the star, who died in April 2016, and will be a journey through his career.

The new show will feature a 26-strong group of musicians, singers and dancers, who will bring the star's biggest hits to life on stage.

It will be directed by Gary Lloyd, the man behind the Michael Jackson stage show 'Thriller - Live'.

"Prince's music and constant reinvention is legendary, so to get the opportunity to bring that and all his colourful characters to the theatrical stage is a dream.

"There is a real appetite for live music shows that showcase the musicians as part of the performance. Prince was all about this.

“Prince was a consummate, theatrical artist, but in our show his music is the star. There will be so much for audiences to enjoy, whether they’re fans of musical theatre, Prince or both."

– Gary Lloyd, Director


Suffolk headteacher dies following fall on holiday

She suffered fatal head injuries.

A Suffolk headteacher has died after suffering a fall whilst on holiday in France.

Amanda Phillips, who was principal at Ipswich Academy, suffered serious head injuries in the accident.

David Willis, who is chairman of the Paradigm Trust that runs the academy, called the death a ‘dreadful tragedy’.

It is with tremendous sadness that I have to tell you that Amanda died yesterday.

I know I speak for us all when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family.

She led Paradigm Trust with enormous energy, tremendous skill and most of all an enduring passion to give every child an outstanding education.

– David Willis, chairman of the Paradigm Trust

Three teenagers arrested after teen stabbed in Ipswich

The incident happened in Moffat Avenue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three teenage boys have been arrested after another teenage boy was stabbed in Ipswich.

Police were sent to Moffat Avenue just before 4pm on Wednesday following reports of a fight in the area.

When they got there, they found a boy with a suspected stab wound. He was treated at the scene before being taken to nearby Ipswich Hospital.

Three teenagers have since been arrested on suspicion of affray and have been taken in for questioning.

Teenager charged after objects thrown onto A14

The incident happened near Copdock. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 13-year-old boy who allegedly threw objects onto the A14 in Suffolk has been charged with causing a danger to road users.

Police took numerous reports from members of the public travelling along the east bound carriageway near Copdock on March 11 and the teenager was arrested on the same day.

He's now been charged and has been bailed to appear at Ipswich Youth Court on June 1.

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