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Hospital appeal to make life better for young patients

The appeal was launched at Ipswich Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

A two and a half million pound appeal has been launched to make life more pleasant for young people in hospital.

Ipswich Hospital wants to transform its children's department with refurbished rooms, specialist equipment and break-out spaces for the 37 and a half thousand children and teenagers who visit each year.

You can watch Tanya Mercer's report here.

Children at the appeal launch Credit: ITV Anglia

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National Basketball Cup: two local teams face off

The region's top two women's basketball teams will face each other in the National Final this weekend.

National Division 2 leaders Ipswich will face Division 1 leaders the Essex Blades in London on Sunday 21.

The Colchester based Essex Blades have previously won the cup. They will soon be moving to new grounds when the The Essex Sports Arena opens later this month.

Woman in her 20s locked in car and sexually assaulted

Credit: PA

A woman was locked in a car and sexually assaulted in Ipswich.

It happened in the early hours of Monday 1 January, when two woman in their 20s, accepted a lift from a man in a red car near to Cardinal Park.

He locked both women in the car, until one of the women convinced the man to let them out.

Shortly after, the man sexually assaulted the woman, outside the car, near Rushmere Road.

One of the women then managed to get the attention of a passer-by who stopped and helped.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the offender approach the victims.

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Do you recognise these men? Police appeal after Suffolk shop thefts

Police want to speak to these four men in connection with thefts in Ipswich and Felixstowe. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police want to trace four men in connection with a series of high-value thefts from shops in Suffolk.

The incidents have taken place over the last 13 months in Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Thousands of pounds of stock has been stolen from stores including Swarovski, Jack Wills and Pandora in Ipswich.

In another theft, at Savers in Felixstowe, medication was stolen.

Do you know the men in this CCTV picture? Credit: Suffolk Police

Police have released CCTV pictures of four men they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.

They are described as: Male one: white, short and of slim build, around 50 years of age, with dark/greying receding hair. Speaks with an East Anglian accent. Male two: white, of large build, with short dark hair and wearing glasses, and around 50 years old. Speaks with a foreign accent. Male three: white, of medium build, with short dark hair and wearing glasses. Also around 50 years old. Male four: white, of slim build and with a shaved head. Approximately 40 years of age.

Anyone with information should call Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 quoting reference 37/71876/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police want to trace these men in connection with the high-value thefts. Credit: Suffolk Police

Work to restore Broomhill Lido in Ipswich gathering pace

Artist impression of the lido Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Work to restore Ipswich's old open air swimming pool looks set to go ahead after years of campaigning.

The Broomhill Lido has just recieved a three and a half million pounds lottery grant.

The Grade II listed art-deco building, constructed in 1938, has been closed for 15 years.

Artist impression Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

"We are so pleased that Fusion's hard work and skill has paid off. The Council remains committed to supporting the project financially and I would also like to thank the Trust for its passion and drive which has helped us get to this stage today."

– Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council's Deputy Leader

"Well done and a massive thank you to Fusion Lifestyle, The Heritage Lottery Fund and to Ipswich Borough Council for their shared commitment and vision. After an epic 15 year campaign, we are delighted that one of Britain's finest lidos and a much loved part of Ipswich's heritage has not only been saved, but will be enhanced."

– Mark Ling, Broomhill Pool Trust

Nitrous oxide gas canisters stolen from Ipswich hospital

A bottle of water has been included in the image to show the size of the canisters Credit: Suffolk police

Twelve gas canisters containing concentrated nitrous oxide have been stolen from the grounds of Ipswich Hospital.

Police say they were stolen earlier this morning at around 4.40am (Saturday 2 December).

The canisters contain the anaesthetic gas nitrous oxide which could be harmful and potentially lethal if inhaled/ingested by members of the public.

Police have released a description of the canisters and the suspects.

  • Canisters area around four feet high
  • They are blue with a white stripe around the top
  • Suspects are four men
  • Driving a dark coloured hatchback car

Absconded prisoner recaptured after tip off from a member of the public

William Kerr has been recaptured by police Credit: Suffolk police

A 56-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder, who was reported missing from Hollesley Bay prison, has been recaptured in Suffolk.

William Kerr failed to return to a rendezvous point in Ipswich during the afternoon of Friday 1 December.

A member of the public who had seen Kerr’s photograph contacted police to report seeing him in Ipswich town centre last night (Friday 1st Dec).

Kerr was arrested and brought to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre pending his transfer back to the prison system.

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