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New crossing is historic moment for Lowestoft

The Prime Minister's announcement of a third river crossing for Lowestoft has been welcomed as one of the most important developments in the history of the town.

In a visit to Felixstowe this morning, the Prime Minister announced that the Government will provide £70 million to fund the new bridge. This will be formally announced as part of the Budget tomorrow.

This is one of the most important announcements in the history of the town and I could not be more delighted. This is for the people, communities and businesses of Lowestoft who have campaigned for a new crossing and who have shared our determination to see it become a reality. There is still much work to be done, however this is the green light that we all dreamed of.”

– Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council

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PM: 'I understand how important Lowestoft crossing is'

David Cameron says he understands just how important a new crossing is for Lowestoft after pledging to spend £70 million on the project.

The town has been fighting to get a third crossing over Lake Lothing for more than 70 years.

I've seen with my own eyes during a visit before the election, just how important this is and I think it's really important it goes ahead.

As for Ipswich, we're still looking at that. We're hopeful of making progress but I can't tell you more about that today.

– David Cameron

Government to spend £70 million on Lowestoft crossing

A third crossing in Lowestoft will go ahead. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has announced that more than £70 million will be invested by the government to ensure a third water crossing in Lowestoft goes ahead.

David Cameron revealed the news during a visit to the Port of Felixstowe today where he has been trying to convince workers that it's best to stay in the EU.

The PM stopped short of announcing investment for a similar crossing at the waterfront in Ipswich though, saying that the government are "still looking into it."

Teenage boy sexually assaulted in Suffolk

Police in Suffolk are appealing for information after a teenage boy was sexually assaulted in Lowestoft.

The 17-year-old was walking in the wooded area off Corton Road, opposite Dip Farm, around 1.15pm on Saturday 12 March, when he was attacked.

The suspect is described as white, of stocky build, around 5ft 9ins tall, with blond scruffy hair.

He was wearing glasses, brown steel toe boots and a light blue fleece top with a high visibility jacket over the top.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

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Waveney MP slams 'wrong decision' to close Lowestoft Magistrates' Court

Lowestoft Magistrates' Court will close this summer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP for Waveney Peter Aldous says that the government have made the "wrong decision" by closing Lowestoft Magistrates' Court.

The court is among several across the East that have been shut as part of government cuts.

“I believe that this is the wrong decision, taking into account the compelling evidence based case made by local court users for the court to remain open.

With the current emphasis on localisation and devolution their views should have been accepted and I am concerned that the closure will compromise access to local justice for the most vulnerable in society."

– Peter Aldous MP

Suffolk singer Lil Chris asked for help on the day of his death

Former Rock School star Lil Chris called mental health services for help on the day of his death, an inquest heard today.

Chris Hardman was found dead at his home in Lowestoft last March at the age of just 24.

The singer had been receiving treatment for depression and had spoken openly about struggling with his mental health after his music career failed to live up to its early promise.

His family said they hoped their tragedy would encourage more openness about the condition.

Serena Sandhu reports.

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