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Near miss on A14 after car drives wrong way down dual carriageway

Drivers on the A14 had a lucky escape after a car drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway near Ipswich.

Charlie Burton's dashcam footage show the moment his family who were in the car in front of him had to swerve to avoid the elderly driver.

The 32 year old was on his way home to Felixstowe on Sunday in convoy with his girlfriend and three young children who were in another car in front of him. As he past the Seven Hills roundabout, Mr Burton spotted a Nissan Micra heading towards his family.

He said his girlfriend pulled into a lay-by a little further on following the near miss and was in tears and "shaking like mad." He described the incident as "the single worst moment in my life".

A police spokeswoman said officers caught up with the driver of the Nissan a little while later after she had pulled over. She said the driver later voluntarily relinquished her driving licence.


Civic chains stolen from Suffolk town hall

Valuable civic chains have been stolen from a town hall in Suffolk.

Thieves broke into the building on Market Place in Southwold sometime between Friday 2 and Monday 5 December.

They stole three civic chains from a cabinet- one large and two small.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Fog warning to drivers in the East

Drivers urged to take extra care in fog Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning with areas of fog expected across the region.

Highways England is advising drivers to check their headlights and fog lights before setting out on journeys to make sure they are working properly, and adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog until 9am, meaning drivers should plan ahead and think about possible travel delays.

Drivers should switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced – generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres – and use fog lights if you’re struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can reflect the light back and reduce visibility.

We’d also encourage drivers to check their lights before setting out and make sure they know how to operate their front and rear fog lights.

– Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s Head of Road User Safety

Drivers are also being advised to:

  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see.
  • Use your windscreen wipers and demisters, including air conditioning.
  • Be able to stop well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down.


Family of missing serviceman say more people seen on CCTV have been identified

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The family of missing airman Corrie McKeague say police have identified 13 out of 23 people seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missing.

Last month police set up a video pod in the town centre in an attempt to track down anyone yet to come forward.

He's been missing now for nearly two and a half months.

In a Facebook post Corrie's uncle Tony Wringe said only 10 of those they were looking for remained unidentified.

Ten fire crews called to blaze in student accommodation

The fire has closed Grimwade Street in Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Fire crews from across Suffolk have been called to a blaze in student accommodation in Ipswich.

Police have closed Grimwade Street while the firefighters tackle the fire.

Ten crews were called from Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Hadleigh and Stowmarket just before 4pm.

It's not thought that anyone has been hurt.

Man dies in flat fire

The fire broke out in a flat fire in Lowestoft Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has died in a flat fire in Lowestoft, despite the desperate efforts of neighbours to rescue him.

The fire broke out in a first-floor flat in Roman Road yesterday lunchtime. Eyewitnesses described how people in the flat below tried to help but were overcome by smoke. Police and fire officers are investigating how the fire began.

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