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Cyclist injured following hit and run in Suffolk

Police are appealing for witnesses following a hit and run in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A cyclist has suffered minor injuries following a hit and run in Sudbury.

It happened at the A131 Melford Road, near the York Road junction, round midday on Thursday 22 June.

The vehicle involved in the collision failed to stop and is believed to be a white van or flatbed truck. Both vehicles were travelling out of Sudbury.

A woman in her 30s sustained grazes which required medical treatment.

Police are appealing for the driver of the white vehicle to come forward. Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have information about it is asked to contact officers.

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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.

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.

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