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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.


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.

Family calls for better mental health education following Lil Chris' death

Chris Hardman, known as Lil Chris, in 2009. Credit: Press Association.

The family of Suffolk singer Lil Chris has called for better education around mental health.

As an inquest today concluded the 24-year-old, whose real name was Chris Hardman, had taken his own life, his sister Hannah Hardman said she hoped something positive could come from his death.

She said her brother had always been very open about his history of depression.

Chris Hardman's sister Hannah speaking outside the coroner's court. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"The fact that young men have mental problems isn't talked about and I think, if we can taken anything from this tragedy, it would be to educate other people and to really talk about it like he did and really be open about it."

– Hannah Hardman, sister.

Fame brought 'pain and problems' for Suffolk star Lil Chris, says coroner

Chris Hardman, who was best known as Lil Chris, in 2009. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A former child star from Suffolk killed himself after fame at an early age brought "pain and problems", a coroner has said.

Chris Hardman died on March 23 last year. He was found hanged at his home in Union Road in Lowestoft.

The 24-year-old found fame as Lil Chris in the Channel 4 show Rock School and earned a record contract and a top five hit. But he later struggled with depression.

Today an inquest into his death concluded he had taken his own life.

"It's clear this was an intentional act. Christopher was a talented young man who found fame at a young age.

"But sadly that fame brought pain and problems.

"My thoughts are with his friends and family on the loss of a talented young man in tragic circumstances."

– Peter Dean, Suffolk Coroner.

Inquest to begin into death of Suffolk singer

Chris Hardman aka Lil Chris Credit: Suffolk Police

The inquest into the death of Suffolk singer Lil Chris is due to be held today.

The 24 year old reality TV star was found dead at his home in Lowestoft last March. He had struggled with depression.

Lil Chris

The 24 year old, who's real name was Chris Hardman, shot to fame 10 years ago in the Channel 4 programme Rock School.

The inquest is due to be held in Bury St Edmunds.

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