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Passengers told to expect bank holiday rail disruption

Bank holiday rail disruption Credit: PA Images

Rail passengers are being encouraged to check their route before they travel this bank holiday (May 26-28).

Network Rail will be carrying out engineering works. It means train time times will be altered and some journeys are expected to be longer.

Replacement buses will run between Ipswich and Felixstowe and some lines into Liverpool Street will be closed.

For the latest changes check the Greater Anglia website.

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Suffolk musical star Kerry Ellis touring the region

Kerry Ellis

Think of the big musicals and what comes to mind - 'Cats', 'We Will Rock You,' 'My Fair Lady,' 'Wicked,' 'Les Mis?

Well one of the names that connects all those shows is Suffolk's Kerry Ellis. She's gone from Potter's Leisure near Great Yarmouth to treading the boards where she's been for 20 years.

Kerry is celebrating by touring the UK; and is performing at 'The Stables' theatre in Milton Keynes tomorrow and The Playhouse in Norwich on the 6th of June.

Becky Jago went to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds before curtain up to chat. to her about her big break, juggling her work with home, and what she does to prepare for her shows.

You can watch an extended version of her interview below:

Man jailed for 14 years after trying to set light to his wife

Vytis Grigatitis Credit: Suffolk Police

A 44-year-old man has been jailed after being convicted of the attempted murder of his wife in Ipswich last year.

Vytis Grigatitis was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment and issued with a restraining order lasting 15 years.

Grigatitis and his wife were having marriage difficulties. He hit her around the face causing her to fall to the ground. He then dragged her towards a wheelie bin on his driveway and poured a bottle of bleach over her head.

He then poured petrol over his wife could not get his lighter to ignite it.

At this point a friend of the victim managed to intervene and break her free of Grigatitis.

Following this, Grigatitis poured fuel over himself and set himself alight.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were then called and Grigatitis was taken to a specialist burns unit having sustained 60% burns to his body. The victim sustained pain to her jaw following this incident, but fortunately had no other lasting injuries.

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Former Suffolk mayor denied British citizenship

Inga Lockington

A former mayor of Ipswich who has lived in the UK since 1979 has been denied British citizenship by the Home Office.

Inga Lockington, who is originally from Denmark, has lived in the UK since her marriage to Dr Tim Lockington, when she said she was granted leave to remain for an indefinite period.

Mrs Lockington moved to Ipswich with her family in the mid 1990s, where she was elected as a Lib Dem borough councillor in 1999 and a Suffolk county councillor in 2001.

She has held these seats ever since, and served as Ipswich mayor for a year from 2007.

Mrs Lockington said she decided to apply for UK citizenship after the Brexit vote in 2016, spending #1,282 to make her application.

The Home Office rejected the application, citing lack of evidence that she was permanently resident in the UK, and have refunded her £80.

I don't want special treatment but I do think that all applicants, including
those from EU citizens, should be treated fairly.

Luckily for me, I have not been told to leave yet - but who knows what will
happen after Brexit? I just want some security and peace of mind.

– Inga Lockington

A Home Office spokesperson said they respect Mrs Lockington's public service and are happy to discuss the various routes to citizenship available to her.

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