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Police investigating Lil' Chris death

Singer Lil' Chris who has died at the age of 24 Credit: Press Association

Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of singer Lil' Chris in Lowestoft.

The 24-year-old who starred in Channel 4's Rock School was found dead on Monday.

In a statement Suffolk Police said:

“Police investigating the sudden death of a man in Lowestoft can confirm they are not treating it as suspicious.

“Officers received a call from the ambulance service on Monday 23 March at around 11:45am and attended an address in Union Road following a sudden death of a 24-year-old man.

“A post mortem examination is due to take place to establish the cause of death and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course and an inquest opened.”

– Suffolk Police

Stars tweet tributes to Lil' Chris

Celebrities have been tweeting tributes to Lil' Chris the Lowestoft born singer who has died.

Aged 24 Chris Hardman shot to fame in Channel 4's Rock School programme when the show was filmed at Kirkley High School when he was a pupil there.


Lil' Chris: Rock School star dies aged 24

Singer Lil' Chris - who shot to fame on reality show Rock School - has died aged 24.

Singer Lil' Chris who has died at the age of 24. Credit: Press Association

Suffolk Police said they responded to the "sudden death" of a 24-year-old man in Lowestoft on Monday morning at around 11.45 am.

Officers are not treating the death as suspicious, a Suffolk Police spokesperson added.

The singer, real name Chris Hardman, starred in Channel 4 series Rock School in 2006 when he was just 15.

He managed to land a music deal after the show and his debut single ‘Checkin’ It Out’ reached number three in the charts.

Fans and other industry figures have been paying tribute to Hardman on Twitter.

Caroline Flack, who met the star on children's show TMI, described the singer as such a "lovely guy".

Magician Dynamo also tweeted, saying:

Tom Mann, a member of X Factor boyband Stereo Kicks, described him as a "class act".

CCTV cameras to be installed across Lowestoft seafront

New CCTV cameras to be installed on Lowestoft seafront Credit: ITV News Anglia

New CCTV cameras are to be installed across the lower promenade along Lowestoft seafront.

Waveney District Council, the Sentinel Leisure Trust, Suffolk police and Waveney Norse have together managed to secure funding for the project

The cameras are being put up after complaints of vandalism by residents.

The cameras are expected to be up and running before the peak summer season begins.

"Community safety is extremely important and although the seafront is a fantastic place to visit and spend time, this can be spoiled by the thoughtless actions of a silly minority. Hopefully this partnership scheme will make a difference."

– Cllr Stephen Ardley, Deputy Leader, Waveney District Council

The cameras will be linked to the Waveney Norse CCTV room and monitored 24 hours a day.


Jobs boost announced in Yarmouth and Lowestoft

Enterprise Zone success in Suffolk and Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 700 jobs have been created in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone according to figures just released.

The jobs boost has been announced by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.

The region is said to have been particularly successful in the energy sector, bringing £994 million a year to Norfolk and Suffolk.

It's hoped the Enterprise Zone will have created 9,000 jobs by 2025.

"Enterprise Zones are now picking up the pace and really starting to deliver for the economy. We're seeing activity across the country from established sites attracting some of the biggest names in business to derelict sites being brought back to life. That's because our long-term economic plan is giving businesses the confidence to invest. They know that Enterprise Zones work and are making the most of the top-class incentives and world-class infrastructure on offer. "

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary

Plenty of laughs in Lowestoft as town hosts Europe-wide clown convention

Now let's be honest conventions and conferences can often be pretty dreary affairs but one for clowns in Suffolk this week is proving to be a right old hoot!

Giggling, classes in falling over and general jolliness are just some of the fun and games on the agenda.

Natalie Gray joined clowns from up and down the country for some lessons in laughter.

Click below to watch Natalie's full report:

Council secures £2m to continue repairs at Lowestoft South Beach

Waveney District Council has secured £2m to continue its work to repair the sea wall at Lowestoft's South Beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Funding has been secured for the second phase of work to repair the seawall on Lowestoft's South Beach following a tidal surge more a year ago.

In November last year, 6,000 tonnes of rock was transported from Norway for the first stage of repairs after erosion caused major damage in December 2013.

Now Waveney District Council has successfully bid for £2m from Defra to allow it to continue its coastal protection work.

Phase two of the project will see the seawall at Children's Corner secured and allow public access to resume.

Details are to be discussed at a council meeting on 20 January.

Two injured after car flips on roof during police chase

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Two people have been treated by paramedics after their car flipped onto its roof during a police chase in Lowestoft.

Officers attempted to flag down the silver hatchback car at around 8pm on Sunday evening. It failed to stop and led the patrol car on a chase through the Suffolk town in icy conditions. But it soon came to an abrupt stop just half a mile after being signalled to stop by police, hitting two parked vehicles and flipping onto its roof.

Two people were removed from the car and treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.

The driver was taken to hospital for a check-up and the road was closed for two and a half hours.

Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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