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Roads closed in Sudbury after major fire

Friars street remains closed off after the fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Part of Sudbury town centre remains closed off after a major fire last night.

Around 20 people were forced to leave their homes in the area after the fire service evacuated nearby buildings.

Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Friars Street is closed between Station Road and Market Hill/A131 Gainsborough Street.

Homes evacuated as fire tears through Sudbury town centre

Fire crews try to put out flames in town centre buildings. Credit: Mike Onslow

More than 70 firefighters are currently trying to put out a fire the middle of Sudbury.

Emergency services were called at 6.25pm to reports of a fire and people trapped in a flat at Market Hill. The fire service began rescuing people from the building as police and ambulance personnel attended to assist.

Shortly after 7pm police began a full-scale evacuation of the immediate area as the fire spread. As of 7.30pm up to 20 people had been moved from their homes. Police have also begun contacting business keyholders where possible.

Onlookers watched as smoke engulfed town centre buildings. Credit: Luke Cresswell
Reports of more than 70 fire crews on site. Credit: Luke Cresswell

The fire service are believed to have 15 appliances at the scene in a bid to get the blaze under control.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, with the priority being public safety, and arrangements being made to house those who have been evacuated.


Police warn of traffic delays in Sudbury

Suffolk police say there is severe disruption to traffic in Sudbury.

Officers were called at 9am after an HGV needed assistance to avoid a low bridge on Cross Street.

Drivers coming into Sudbury from Essex are advised to avoid using the A131.

HGVs joining the A131 after Braintree are currently advised to pick up the A120 at Braintree signed towards Colchester, and from that point to follow directions to Sudbury on the A134. They should not take the B1508, which is currently closed for roadworks.

Police say traffic is moving slowly and is expected to stay the same until 4pm today.

Armed robbery at Suffolk shop

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Map showing Ballingdon Street in Sudbury Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers were called just before 3.20pm yesterday to reports that a man had gone into the store on Ballingdon Street with a knife and stolen items.

Police immediately attended and began a search of the area. A short time later the 18-year-old was arrested.

Anyone who saw anything in the area around this time is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD 226 of Wednesday 1 April.


Sudbury school reveals winner of mock election

More than 1,100 students have taken part in a mock election at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury this afternoon.

It followed a special debate which involved a panel of local parliamentary candidates from the area.

Student posting their vote in mock election Credit: ITV News Anglia

Full results of mock election below:

  • UKIP - 272 votes (23%)
  • Conservative - 252 votes (22%)
  • Labour - 247 votes (21%)
  • Lib Dem - 246 votes (21%)
  • Green - 151 votes (13%)

Students give MP candidates an election grilling

School election debate at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students at a high school in Suffolk have been questioning the candidates hoping to be elected as MP at the General Election in May.

Among the topics covered in the hour-long debate were the economy and jobs, ending the monarchy and the question of leaving the European Union.

Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury has also been holding a mock election.

Watch the full debate between students and candidates by clicking below

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