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Suffolk river reduced to trickle in Constable Country

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

A stretch of river in Suffolk that was immortalised by the painter John Constable has almost vanished after a weir jammed open, emptying millions of gallons of water.

A cut off section of the River Stour near Sudbury has been reduced to a trickle after a weir became blocked at Great Cornard.

Members of Sudbury Rowing Club examining what's left of the stretch of river. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's left water levels plummeting by up to six feet in places.

The Environment Agency have rescued more than 10,000 fish that were showing signs of distress. They are hoping divers to remove the obstruction when it's safe to do so.

The control gate on the R. Stour, Sudbury, has been jammed open by an underwater obstruction.

This has resulted in water levels in this area dropping significantly. We have rescued over 10,000 fish that were showing signs of distress and we will continue to monitor the situation.

Divers will look to remove the obstruction once it is safe for them to do so.

– Environment Agency Spokesperson

John Constable, who was born in Suffolk, used the Stour as backdrop to some of his best-known works - including "The Hay Wain" a painting of a cart and horses in a pool on the river.

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Royal household official jailed for accepting bribes

Former Royal Household official, Ronald Harper, accepted more than £100,000 in bribes. Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

A former Royal Household official from Suffolk who accepted more than £100,000 in bribes to award contracts for work at royal residences including Buckingham Palace has been jailed for five years.

Ronald Harper was deputy property manager responsible for maintaining the Queen's main London home, as well as St James's Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle, from 1994 until he was suspended in 2012.

The 64-year-old, from Sudbury, accepted payments or gifts from the directors of companies who were then given large contracts for maintenance of the historic buildings paid for by the then Civil List, now called the Sovereign Grant.

He was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to make corrupt payments after two trials at Southwark Crown Court in June and August.

The corrupt bribes were made "over a significant period of time" either to directly to Harper or via a member of his family, while some of the money was used to pay Harper's credit card bills, jurors were told.

Suffolk man dies after wall collision

Police investigate fatal collision

A man who was injured in a car crash in Sudbury at the end of last month has died in hospital.

It happened on 27th August when the Ford Focus he was driving collided with a wall in Alexandra Road at the junction with Windham Road.

The 46 year old was alone in the car and was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge but died on Friday.

Officers with the Suffolk Police Serious Collision Investigation Team want to talk to anyone who saw the crash.

Man from Kent charged with the rapes of two women in Suffolk

Man charged with raping two women. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 34-year-old man from Kent has been charged with the rapes of two women in Suffolk.

Police were contacted last Sunday, August 7th, by a woman who reported being attacked in the early hours of the morning.

The victim met a man while walking back from Sudbury town centre at about 4.30am and said she was raped by him at an address in nearby Great Cornard.

Detectives later discovered a second woman had also been raped in the same house.

Erkan Bozyel, of Station Road, New Romney in Kent, was arrested at Liverpool Street Station in London on Thursday and brought back to Suffolk for questioning.

He has been charged with two counts of rape.

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Sudbury to keep its fire engine - but other Suffolk communities will lose out

Suffolk firefighters at work. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A Suffolk market town will no longer lose its fire engine after the county's fire service scaled back proposed cuts following a public consultation.

But the decision to retain a crew at Sudbury will mean communities elsewhere - including Ipswich and Lowestoft - will be hit instead.

Suffolk fire service needs to save £1.3m and is still short of that target.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report below.

Man arrested in connection with armed robbery

Scene of the raid

A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery on a Post Office in Sudbury.

The raid took place at the Ballingdon Road Post Office at around 6:45 this evening.

A man threatened staff with a knife demanding money and cigarettes. He fled towards the King's Head pub. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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