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Community rally round to fund Ipswich toddler's dream home

The house has now been fitted with a lift to help George get around. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A community in Ipswich has pulled together to give a little boy with a rare spinal condition the home of his dreams.

George Woodward's house has now been installed with a wheelchair ramp and a lift so he can get around easier - all thanks to the donations of strangers.

His mother Laura says the the family are eternally grateful for all the support they've received.

He's such a happy little boy now that he's home.

He's got a massive smile on his face and that's down to everyone that has helped us get the house like this and all the people that were involved.

– Laura Barber, George's mum

Labour increase majority in Ipswich

Labour have increased their overall majority to 18 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have increased their overall majority on Ipswich Borough Council taking it to 18.

The party made two gains at the expense of the Conservatives.

Ipswich council has been in Labour hands since 2011 after they lost their overall majority in 2004 after 25 years in power.

Ipswich was a Labour target seat at the 2015 General Election but it was retained by Conservative MP Ben Gummer.


Suffolk to launch UK's first heart research centre

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

The UK's first research centre for congenital heart disease is being launched in Suffolk today.

It will look at more effective ways of treating the condition which affects more than 250 thousand people nationally.

The centre based at the University Campus Suffolk will be screening members of the public as well as sportsmen and women.

The centre will focus on finding more effective ways to treat and support individuals with congenital heart conditions. Credit: University Campus Suffolk

There are more than 250,000 adults who are born with a heart condition in the UK.

But it's thought around 15,000 patients aren't receiving the specialist support that they need.

Emergency services at the scene of serious crash near Ipswich

Map showing area where the crash happened. Credit: Google Maps

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious crash on Main Road in Lower Somersham near Ipswich.

Police were called around 2.30pm to reports that an HGV had turned over. The driver, a man in his forties, is believed to be seriously injured.

The road is currently closed while an investigation gets underway at the scene.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101.

Phillip Schofield tells ITV Anglia why he's returning to the theatre after 17 years

TV presenter Phillip Schofield's been speaking to ITV Anglia about what's tempted back to the theatre after a 17 year gap.

He's probably best known as presenter of 'This Morning' and 'The Cube' presenter - and started his career as a children's TV host.

But somewhere in between he was treading the boards at London's West End. He took over the title role in 'Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat' from Jason Donovan the 1990s.

His new show, 'The Knights of Music', is coming to the Anglia region later this month.

Click below to see his full interview with ITV Anglia's Becky Jago:

'The Knights of Music' comes to the Derngate Theatre in Northampton on Saturday 23 April.

It's on at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich on Sunday 24 April.


Services getting back to normal after Ipswich Hospital struck by lightning

Ipswich Hospital maternity unit struck by lightning.

Services are getting back to normal after lightning struck the maternity unit of Ipswich Hospital last night.

Hospital chief executive Nick Hulme tweeted that a "massive clap of thunder and lightning has struck the building".

No one was hurt, but it caused disruption and affected electrics in the hospital.

Staff had to use telephones and radios to communicate because the bleeper system stopped working.

The hospital says its back up contingency plans worked well.

Man jailed for 13 years for indecent assaults on young girl

Joseph Page, of Brecon Close, was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

A 62-year-old Ipswich man has been jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of six counts of indecent assault of a young girl.

Joseph Page, of Brecon Close, went on trial at Ipswich Crown Court in March and was found guilty of the offences, all against the same girl, on Friday 18 March.

He appeared at Ipswich Crown Court this morning, Thursday 7 April, for sentencing and was jailed for a total of 13 years.

The offences date back to the 1990s and came to light in July 2014 when the victim found the courage to contact police about what had happened.

Suffolk police appeal after man seen carrying what's thought to be a handgun

Suffolk police say they are investigating a man seen on Whitton Recreation Ground on Shakespeare Road in Ipswich, carrying what witnesses describe as small black handgun.

Police say two young women were followed by the man at around 15:15 hours today ( Sunday 20th March).

Armed police went to the scene and searched the area, but nothing was found.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen something to contact them on the 101 number.

A description of the man has been released.

  • In his 40s
  • Tall and of medium build
  • Black
  • Dark hair, shaved on one side
  • Wearing a blue jacket and dark shoes
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