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Orwell Bridge 'likely to be closed' tonight due to strong winds

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close because of strong winds. Credit: Press Association Images.

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close tonight as strong winds prepare to batter the region.

Highways England says, based on current predictions, the crossing will shut from 10pm tonight (Wednesday) until 8am tomorrow (Thursday).

A diversion will take traffic via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

A spokesman said: "Drivers should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space."

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Action needed on motorway safety

Campaigners say more needs to be done to improve safety on our motorways.

Action needed on motorway safety Credit: ITV Anglia

Although the East of England has been named one of the safest regions overall when it comes to road crashes, new figures show that our motorways are some of the most dangerous.

There are 9 fatal or serious crashes per billion vehicle kilometres travelled on motorways in the East of England - making it the highest risk of all of the regions.

Police appeal to missing woman

Naomi Bailey, 35, was last seen on Tuesday, October 31, and officers remain concerned about her welfare. Credit: Northants Police

Officers are still appealing for a missing woman to make contact with them.

Naomi Bailey, 35, was last seen on Tuesday, October 31, and officers remain concerned about her welfare.

She was last seen in Northampton, around the Spring Boroughs area.

Naomi, if you’re reading this, we just want to know that you’re safe. Please call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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