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Police appeal for witnesses following serious crash in Suffolk

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Exning this morning.

Emergency services were called to Cemetery Hill in the village at 4.35am, where a silver Peugeot 206 had been in collision with a lamppost.

The male driver, in his 20s and from Cambridgeshire, suffered serious head and neck injuries and has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for treatment.

The road was closed until 10.35am whilst a collision investigation got underway.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle beforehand should contact Sgt Julian Ditcham at the Headquarters Roads Policing Unit on 101.

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Shoppers in Suffolk warned of distraction thefts at supermarkets

Shoppers across Suffolk are being warned of distraction tactics being used by criminals to steal bank cards from pockets, wallets, purses and bags.

Since 1st October 2013, there have been 19 offences reported to police where shoppers at supermarkets have been distracted by someone when they left the store or returned their trolley to the trolley park.

The offenders are known to target older people or people parked in disabled parking areas. Known to work in pairs or more, it is thought the organised groups identify their victim and follow them whilst shopping, taking note of their PIN at the check-out.

"The offenders work in pairs or threes, often identifying their victim as they enter the store, following them to the check-out and taking note of their PIN as it is entered.

"We would remind people to always check-out securely ensuring you cover the keypad when you enter your PIN and then always being aware of the distraction tactics used at your vehicle or whilst with your trolley. Keep your personal belongings with you at all times, and lock your vehicle if you walk away from it or bend down to check your tyres."

– Suffolk Constabulary’s Community Safety Manager Alan Osborne

Suffolk boxer Ogogo to carry Commwealth Games baton through county

Anthony Ogogo. Credit: PA images.

Suffolk boxer Anthony Ogogo has been announced as one of the county's baton bearers for the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Six people from Suffolk will carry the Queen's Baton when it visits the area on June ninth.

t will travel through Lowestoft, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Anthony won an Olympic bronze medal during the London 2012 Games.

Among the other baton bearers are Commonwealth gold medallist Ron Wallwork, England under-19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds, and 80-year-old keep fit enthusiast Ken Webb.

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First stretch of England Coast Path in Norfolk gets green light

41 kms of the England coast path between Sea Palling and Weybourne in Norfolk has been approved by the Secretary of State.

The England Coast Path initiative is something that people want to see, and everyone can benefit from it – from ramblers to day visitors and local businesses.

Following a consultation with local Councils, landowners, residents and Natural England, everyone will soon be able to enjoy this stretch of coast as a clearly marked and well managed route.

“Having worked so closely with our partners on all the details, we’re delighted that the planning will become a reality and that practical improvements can soon be made along this spectacular stretch of coast.

“It’s tremendously exciting to know that implementing this first stretch of the England Coast Path in Norfolk is contributing to the creation of one of the longest coast paths in the world. Encouraging more people – both local residents and visitors – to enjoy our coastline will bring many benefits to our local economy too.”

– Pamela Abbott, Natural England’s Area Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk

Southwold beach in Suffolk rated excellent in Good Beach Guide

Good Beach Guide released.

More of our beaches than ever before have been praised for their water quality.

All of our beaches met the minimum standard required by the Marine Conservation Society in this year's Good Beach Guide.

All but seven achieved the highest rating.

Last summer's dry weather's been credited for the figures.

One of the 32 resorts judged to have excellent water quality was Southwold in Suffolk.

The town's mayor hopes it will help attract more visitors to the area.

£5m boost for towns' enterprise zone

Venko Offshore Limited has secured a £5m contract to expand its operations in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone.

Ministers have welcomed a five million pound boost for the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas.

Venko Offshore Limited, which maintains offshore gas platforms in the North Sea, has been awarded a new contract to expand its operations in the towns' Enterprise Zone.

The announcement will secure about 20 jobs.

Yarmouth and Lowestoft form one of the government's 24 Enterprise Zones which aim to attract new business and support existing ones by offering financial incentives and simplified planning procedures.

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