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Lowestoft rocker reunited with pet cat... three years after she went missing

A microchip scan revealed Cully's famous owner. Credit: Cats Protection

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has been reunited with his pet cat - three years after she went missing.

Ten-year-old Cully was found living as a stray in Lowestoft last month. She was handed in to the charity Cats Protection, where a microchip scan revealed her famous owner.

Justin Hawkins said losing his cat was Credit: Cats Protection

“Losing Cully was heartbreaking for me and my family but I always knew in my heart that she was still alive; I could just feel it.

She's always loved the great outdoors. I periodically checked in with the relevant databases and kept my details up-to-date because I knew this day would come."

– Justin Hawkins, musician

Warning to people trying to climb on sea defence rocks

The sea defences on Lowestoft's South Beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

People visiting a beach in Suffolk which recently re-opened after two years of repair work are being warned not to climb on the rocks which have been installed to protect the coastline from erosion.

Around 20 thousand tonnes of rock were used in the scheme on South Beach in Lowestoft. The council says people are risking their lives by climbing on them.

"Warning signs are present on these structures and whilst we cannot prevent people from climbing on the rocks, we can remind everyone of the importance of beach safety. Over 400 people drown in the UK each year, with approximately 60 of these being children and young people. We want people to enjoy our award-winning beaches whilst being mindful of the risks."

– Cllr Stephen Ardley, Waveney's cabinet member for Operational Partnerships


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

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
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