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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


Blaze at pet food factory in Sudbury

Firefighters from Suffolk and Essex have been tackling a huge blaze at the Nestle Purina factory in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Location of fire in Sudbury, Suffolk Credit: ITV News, Anglia

Fire crews were called to the scene on Chilton Industrial Estate in Windham Road at about 10.15am this morning. Suffolk Fire and Rescue reported dealing with 'a serious fire involving several large tanks of animal fat close to an adjacent factory building'.

The fire has now largely been extinguished and crews are ensuring that any final hot spots are dealt with.

Firefighters continue to work closely with the Nestle staff on site to ensure the incident is brought to a close at the earliest opportunity. Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for several hours yet.

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