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Ed Sheeran buys pig-shaped statue of himself

Ed Sheer-Ham was among the fibreglass pigs up for auction.

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has bought a pig-shaped statue of himself at a charity auction for £6,200 last week.

The model, dubbed Ed Sheer-ham, comes complete with ginger locks, guitar and sleeve tattoos, as well as featuring a red check shirt.

It has previously been described as "awesome" by the 25-year-old star after it was unveiled in his home town of Ipswich, Suffolk, in the summer.

Ed Sheer-Ham was one of 39 larger-than-life pig sculptures that were auctioned off in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice last week following the huge Pigs Gone Wild art trail.

About 300 people attended the auction at Trinity Park in Ipswich, Suffolk, last week, which raised £152,550 for the hospice.

Ed also recently donated 13 bags of his clothes to the hospice shop in his hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk.

The clothes, which included tee-shirts, hoodies, checked shirts, shoes and the shirt he wore when he made a cameo appearance in Bridget Jones's Baby, have already raised nearly £5,000 for the hospice.


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.

Parents pay pub bill after couple ran off without paying

CCTV of the couple running away from the pub after their meal

The parents of a woman who was caught on CCTV fleeing a Suffolk restaurant without paying a £147 bill have stumped up the cash.

Donna-Marie Bridgeman, 23, and Shaun Cattermole, 26, jumped over a fence in a bid to avoid paying the bill at the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk.

The pub released CCTV of the couple running off with a bottle of wine after eating steak and a chocolate dessert.

They pleaded guilty to making off without payment from a licensed premises after being recognised from the footage.

They were sentenced on Monday at Ipswich Magistrates court with each ordered to pay compensation of £73.92.

After their sentencing Brendan Padfield, owner of the Unruly Pig, praised the actions of Bridgeman's parents for picking up the entire tab.

Serviceman based at RAF Honington goes missing after night out

Corrie McKeague is based at RAF Honington. Credit: Suffolk Police

An RAF serviceman has gone missing after a night out in Suffolk.

Corrie McKeague was last seen in Brentgovel Street in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday September 24.

An RAF serviceman said: “We can confirm that a RAF serviceman from RAF Honington is currently missing; our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.

“The Civilian Police have primacy in this matter and we understand that the investigation is ongoing. It would not be appropriate for the MOD to comment or speculate on the case at this time.”

Removing 1km of overhead lines in 10 seconds

Time-lapse footage has been released by Network Rail detailing the upgrade of the overhead lines.

Last weekend engineers took down over 1km of overhead wire on the railway at Gidea Park on the Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester to London line.

It will be replaced with new wire that will reduce delays for passengers as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

The new wire will not sag in the heat of the summer, meaning fewer delays for passengers, and a more reliable railway all year round.

The work is part of a £250m project to replace 320km of wire on this busy route. Once the work is complete at, a long-standing speed restriction imposed in hot weather between Shenfield and Ilford can be removed.


Man who died in go-kart crash was celebrating brother's birthday


A 63-year-old grandfather who died after he was thrown from a go-kart in Suffolk was celebrating his brother's 60th birthday.

Allan Fairweather from the Lowestoft area was injured when two karts collided at the Ellough Park Raceway near Beccles on Sunday. His family have said they are now waiting for answers to find out what caused the tragedy.

He was a happy go lucky guy, he would do anything for anybody.

We haven't heard anything yet. I was at work on Sunday and I got a call to say my brother had died.

We can't say what happened until the coroner makes their findings.

– Mr Fairweather's brother

The brother said Allan, a welder, also lost his wife Christina just over a year ago.

The East of England Ambulance service confirmed they were dispatched to the scene to a report of a man being thrown from a go-kart at around 3.19pm on Sunday before police officers also attended.

A rapid response vehicle, two ambulance crews and Essex Air Ambulance treated Mr Fairweather who was unconscious and not breathing.

But despite their best efforts he died at the scene.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police confirmed the force are liaising with Waveney District Council as an investigation takes place.

The owner of Ellough Park Raceway, Richard Lock, paid his condolences to the family and said it was the first incident the track has had like this one.

The track is expected to re-open this weekend.

Stansted passengers face walking over a kilometre

Stansted Airport

Passengers at Stansted Airport face the longest walk from check-in to departure according to a new survey.

At the Essex airport travellers face a walk of over a kilometre or three quarters of a mile. At Luton Airport they may have to walk up to 822 metres or 900 yards.

Travel organisation Abta say many travellers who have difficulty walking only request assistance once they arrive at the airport, which may be too late.

This can lead to them having to make their way across terminals on foot or miss their flight.

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