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Suffolk woman marks 30th anniversary of Sinclair C5

Sir Clive Sinclair launching the C5 in 1985 Credit: ITV News Anglia

30 years ago this month and a futuristic car powered by electricity was revealed for the first time.

But the Sinclair C5 designed and made in Cambridge by Sir Clive Sinclair, didn't do as well as first thought.

Back in 1985 it simply didn't sell, but one Suffolk woman still has a C5 and is full of praise for the quirky vehicle.

Sarah Gascoine still owns a Sinclair C5 Credit: ITV News Anglia
Sarah and her father back in 1995 Credit: Sarah Gascoine

"It is wonderful to feel the air, my legs are pumping away, freedom and movement, you don't have any petrol fumes, and you are helping the environment, I loved it."

– Sarah Gascoine

Just 5,000 were sold before the Cambridge-based manufacturer went bust.

Police believe log was thrown at car

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was hit by a log in Stowmarket.

A man was driving along Needham Road at approximately 9.15pm on Saturday 27 December.

A log hit his front windscreen causing it to smash and the driver to lose control of the car, colliding with nearby barriers. It is believed that someone may have thrown the object.

Any who witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time is asked to police on 101.


Train line re-opens but delays expected for hours to come

A signalling fault near Stowmarket that has disrupted rush hour trains between Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire has been fixed although delays are expected well into the afternoon.

The train line between Stowmarket and Ipswich has been re-opened after a signalling fault. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Train services between Norwich and Liverpool Street, Ipswich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Peterborough will be disrupted until further notice, whilst the train service is restored. This involves getting the booked traincrew and trains back into the correct places. Some train services may still be cancelled, have their stopping patterns changed, or started at another station or terminated short of their destination."

– Abellio Greater Anglia

Abellio Greater Anglia says ticket restrictions have been lifted for the remainder of Thursday 18 December so passengers travel on other trains than specified on their advance purchase tickets.


Town to honour First World War VC hero

Spencer John Bent

People in Stowmarket will gather today to pay tribute to those that lost their lives in the wars and to honour a man called Spencer John Bent who in the First World War was was awarded the Victoria Cross for four separate acts of gallantry.

Private Bent's heroics came during the famous Battle of Ypres. He was later wounded at the Somme but survived the war, eventually rising to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. He died in 1977, aged 86.

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