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A quiet start to Black Friday Frenzy

A slow start at the Intu:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Shops across the East have experienced a quieter start than predicted as today's Black Friday event began in a more sedate way than last year's pre-Christmas shopping event.

Retailers are still hoping that customers could spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion in online shopping by the end of the day but so far instore shopping has not seen the buying rush expected.


'Hardworking, kind and loving': Woman pays tribute to partner killed in Suffolk car crash

John Hobson's partner said he Credit: Suffolk Police

The partner of a man, who died following a crash in Suffolk, has paid tribute to him.

John Hobson, 65, from Colchester, died after his car crashed on the A134 Assington on Tuesday night.

His partner Debbie described him as a "hardworking, kind, loving, understanding individual, who always went the extra mile to help others".

"The six years we had together were the best and happiest in my life. You were my one true love, forever. I love you so very, very much. With John by my side I was whole, he was part of me.

"We always used to say ‘if we could bottle what we had, we would be millionaires.’ I am truly devastated and life will be empty without John by my side."

"John was a hardworking, kind, loving, understanding individual, who always went the extra mile to help others."

– Debbie, John Hobson's partner


Comedy dad makes daughter laugh and racks up two million video views

A fine use of a bald head. Credit: TheLadBible

A dad from Stowmarket has become an online sensation after posting a video of him dancing to cheer his daughter up when she was stuck in hospital.

Paul Cooper's daughter had a broken thumb, so in an attempt to make her smile he posted this.

It got picked up by popular site TheLadBible and has now been seen almost two million times.

Man charged over Suffolk village shop robbery

Two members of staff were tied up in Claydon. Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been charged following a robbery at a shop in a Suffolk village on Sunday.

A couple of members of staff were tied up by men wearing balaclavas during the raid at a convenience store in Claydon near Ipswich.

Michael Afolayan, 25, from south London, has been charged with robbery and is in police custody. He's due to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today.

A 33-year-old man from London was also arrested on suspicion of robbery. He's been released on bail, but must return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre in February.

Former Ipswich player "nearly" quits I'm A Celebrity

Kieron Dyer was persuaded to stay on the show by former boxer Chris Eubank Credit: ITV

Former Ipswich Town player Kieron Dyer announced that he was quitting I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! but changed his mind after a pep talk from Chris Eubank.

After a row broke out in the camp, Dyer told Lady Colin Campbell and Susannah Constantine: "I'm going, I'm quitting the show."

He walked into the Bush Telegraph and said the magic words: "I want to leave, I'm a celebrity, get me out of here." But when he went to say his goodbyes, the former footballer was persuaded to stay by former boxer Chris Eubank.

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