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More cash promised for Suffolk bridge projects

Two new bridges in Suffolk could be a step closer after the Chancellor promised more cash for local infrastructure in the Autumn Statement.

A third river crossing for Lowestoft could be a step closer following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement Credit: ITV News Anglia

The government says it will provide £475 million of investment so local areas can bid for funding for projects such as the Lowestoft Third River Crossing and Ipswich Wet Dock Crossing.

Lowestoft has long campaigned for an additional river crossing as the current bascule bridge causes traffic congestion when raised to let shipping into the port.

Stolen goat found safe and well in Suffolk

Baby goat found safe and well Credit: Suffolk police

A baby goat, known as Poppy, who was stolen from a Lowestoft petting zoo on 11 November has been found safe and well.

Ethan Ellis from Beccles found Poppy by the side of the road in Wood Lane, Mutford. He returned her to Pet’s Corner to be reunited with her mother and twin sister.

Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating Poppy.


Devoted poppy maker and fundraiser to have poem read at Cenotaph

Zoiyar Cole meets Jonathan Wills at her home in Lowestoft. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A woman from Lowestoft who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity will have one of her poems read at the Cenotaph tomorrow as part of a Remembrance Service.

Zoiyar Cole was born at the height of the Second Word War in Wisbech, she fundraises for the Royal British Legion by knitting poppies.

She started writing poetry in 1999 after she lost her son to cancer.

ITV Anglia’s Jonathan Wills went to meet her.


Police renew appeal for missing 81-year-old

Gerard Keen from Lowestoft Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are making fresh appeals to trace an 81-year-old man who went missing from Suffolk.

Gerard Keen was last seen at his home address in Conrad Road, Lowestoft at 11:45am on Wednesday and has not been seen since.

Gerard is described as white, 5’10” tall with white hair. He is clean shaven and was wearing a black jacket, dark trousers and possibly a tweed cap.

Officers from Lowestoft, and from across the county, have been carrying out searches in the area to try to locate him, including ground, water and air searches with the assistance of the police helicopter.

Officers have also been distributing leaflets urging residents to check sheds, gardens and any other outbuildings in a bid to get any information that may locate Mr Keen.

Police are concerned for his welfare and are asking for anyone who has seen Gerard or has any information to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

CPS describes acid case as 'one of the worst ever revenge attacks'

Adele Bellis just after the acid attack Credit: Adele Bellis

The Crown Prosecution Service has spoken after the sentencing of four men involved in an acid attack on a Suffolk woman.

Prosecutor Punam Malhan described it as, ' one of the worst revenge attacks we have prosecuted.'

Witnesses described seeing Miss Bellis' hair and skin dissolving, causing her to lose an ear.

“The prosecution case was that this was an attack orchestrated by Mr Riley, who had been carrying out a six month campaign of harassment against Miss Bellis. He was also responsible for arranging an earlier attack by his co-defendant, Leon Thompson, in which she was stabbed in the face.

“Not content with arranging this earlier attack, Mr Riley then decided to escalate his campaign of violence and arranged for Jason Harrison to throw acid over Miss Bellis, leaving her badly scarred. I would like to praise Miss Bellis’ courage in giving evidence against these men who have caused her so much pain and suffering. I hope today’s sentences can give her some satisfaction that justice has been done.”

– Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan
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