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Arson incident in Ipswich

Window had been smashed and furniture set alight. Credit: PA.

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson incident at a property in Ipswich.

Officers were called at 7.30pm on Monday 6 March to reports that a window at a flat in Dandalan Close had been smashed and furniture inside set alight. The Fire Service were also in attendance.

The fire was quickly extinguished and none of the occupants suffered any injuries.

Two men charged over alleged sex attack in Ipswich

Two men will appear in court later charged over an alleged sex attack in Ipswich

Two men will appear in court later after being charged in connection with an alleged sex attack in Ipswich.

George-Hari Constantinescu and Danut Gheorghe, both aged 29 and both from the Woodbridge area, have been charged with attempted rape and kidnap.

The arrests come after CCTV images were released in connection with the incident, which took place on Rope Walk early on Saturday 25 February.

As a result of the public appeal, the two men were arrested at the weekend.


Parks in Ipswich are closed as Doris sweeps in

The Cabman shelter in Christchurch Park. All parks in Ipswich are closed because of Storm Doris Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council has decided to close its parks as a safety precaution.

This means Christchurch Mansion is also closed. Parks staff will carry out checks for dangerous branches before parks re-open on the 24th February.

The town’s cemeteries are also closed for public access although services will still go ahead.

Ipswich Market will close early at lunchtime, a Council spokesman said. He advised the public to take extra care in the high winds, which could bring gusts of up to 70mph.

Bin collection rounds are well under way but might be affected by heavy traffic later. People are asked to take their blue bins in as soon as they can after they have been emptied because of the wind.

Orwell Bridge expected to close at 10am due to high winds

The Orwell Bridge is expected to be closed later. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England say they expect the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich will be closed from 10am this morning (February 23).

The strongest winds from Storm Doris are due from 10am-6pm and it's likely the bridge will be shut at some point in that period.

An amber weather warning for strong winds is in force until 8pm.

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