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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.

Police name cyclist killed in hit and run crash

Police are looking for the driver of this lorry after the hit and run crash Credit: Suffolk Police

A cyclist who died in a hit and run crash with a lorry in Suffolk has been named by police.

Colin Taylor, who was 72 and from Hitcham, died at the scene of the crash on Tuesday 29th November on Finborough Road in the village.

Police are urgently looking for the white lorry they believe was involved in the crash.

They say the white DAF LF vehicle had the words "I’M HERE” written in dirt on the back of the lorry.

If you saw this lorry on Tuesday, or if you captured pictures of the vehicle on your dashboard camera, or if you are aware of such a vehicle having sustained damage to the front nearside (passenger side) please contact officers as soon as possible.

– Suffolk Police


Controversy over plans to build homes in Suffolk village

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

A judicial review into new homes in Suffolk could change planning laws across the country.

Babergh District Council granted permission for houses to be built in East Bergholt, against the recommendations of their local neighbourhood plan.

The plans are about to go before the High Court for a judicial review, which will look at how much weight local authorities should give to neighbourhood development plans.

It will also look at the government's new homes bonus, which provides central government income to authorities as a reward for authorising development.

Rail fares rise: How services in the East will be affected

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Rail users were handed a blow today with the announcement that fares will increase again.

From 2 January 2017, passengers will pay an average of 2.3% more - the highest average increase since January 2014.

The Rail Delivery Group say the money will be used to improve services, but public transport campaigners warn some people will be "priced off the railways".

Here's how much rail services in the East of England will increase by:

  • Greater Anglia: 1.8%
  • c2c Rail: 1.8%
  • CrossCountry: Unknown
  • East Midlands Trains: 1.5%
  • London Midland: 1.9%
  • Southeastern: 1.8%

Brewery apologises after revealing employees' bank details

The brewery has has launched an internal investigation following the error. Credit: PA

Greene King has has apologised after the bank details of more than 2,000 employees were emailed to a number of its pubs.

The brewery, based in Bury St Edmunds, has launched an internal investigation after the mistake last week.

The emails, sent from the payroll department, explained a tax code miscalculation by HMRC.


Man and woman tied up, robbed and assaulted in home

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Suffolk Police

Police have issued an E-fit likeness of a man they want to speak to in connection with a robbery in Suffolk.

Officers were called at 5.37pm, Monday 29 November to a property in Kersey.

Three offenders entered the house demanding money from the two occupants before then tying the victims up. One of the victims, a man, was then assaulted by one of the suspects who punched him in the face and head. The victim has sustained facial injuries which required medical treatment. The woman was uninjured but was very shaken by the incident.

The offenders fled with a sum of cash.

The suspects are reported as being three white men, one described as being in his thirties, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of heavy build, unshaven with blue eyes. He was wearing a dark hooded top , grey tracksuit bottoms and grey and yellow trainers.

The other two men are described as being in their mid-thirties, around 6 feet – 6 feet 2 inches tall, of slender build with dark hair and dark eyes. They were described as wearing dark hooded tops and trousers.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who believes they may recognise the man from the E-fit image.

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