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First class news: a proud moment for Suffolk as the county gets its own university

University Campus Suffolk is to become the county's first University Credit: ITV Anglia

University Campus Suffolk is to become the county's first University.

It was a part of the 'University of East Anglia' and 'University of Essex', but will now now get funding directly from the government and be able to award its own degrees.

The University expects to see student numbers grow by 50%. and the new status could boost the local economy by £30million a year. Suffolk was one of only four counties in England not to have its own university.

You can watch Tanya Mercer's report here.


Teenagers arrested after wing mirrors knocked off cars

Police make arrests after 20 cars damaged Credit: ITV Anglia

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after more than 20 cars in Sudbury were damaged.

Police were called around 4.40am on Saturday, 14 May, to reports of two people knocking wing mirrors off cars in the Ballingdon Street area.

One of the 18-year-olds, from Sudbury, was arrested in the area before 5am, the other, from the Halstead area of Essex, handed himself in a short time later.

Both have been interviewed and released on bail.

Police puppy sitting after owner's arrest

Police tweeted this picture of the puppy Credit: Norfolk Police

Police found themselves looking after a puppy after arresting the owner.

The specials unit tweeted this picture of the pup after its owner was arrested by traffic cops.


Family pay tribute to man who died in Suffolk crash

Robert Grocott.

The family of a 56-year-old man who died following a collision on the A143 Haverhill Road in Little Wratting have paid tribute to him.

Robert Grocott of Hudson Close in Haverhill died following the collision between the Land Rover Freelander he was driving and a Vauxhall Vivaro van around 6pm on Saturday 7 May.

Robert was a much loved father of two sons and husband for 36 years; originally from Nottingham but was a popular member of the Haverhill community for 30 years. He served with the Grenadier Guards for 6 years and 6 years with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars.

As a dedicated father he partook in refereeing football matches for children and adults alike.

Amongst other things he was a member of the Haverhill Golf Club for many years. Robert was an enthusiastic sportsman and had many friends within an assortment of clubs not withstanding golf, judo clubs etc.

Over the course of his varied career he has spent the majority of his life employed as an experienced HGV Driver working for companies such as Culina and XPO Logistics in Bury St. Edmunds.

Robert’s character was larger than life, a very popular man who was always supportive of his friends and family who are saddened and shocked at his sudden demise.

His friends used to say if anything was needed Robert would always be there for you.

– Family tribute

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses.

Three of four other people injured in the collision remain in Addenbrooke's Hospital where they are recovering from their injuries.

A14 closed eastbound due to police incident

The A14 in Suffolk is closed eastbound due to police incident between J45 (Rougham) and J46 Thurston Road (Thurston / Beyton Green).

There have been reports of congestion on the A14 to J43 A143 Compiegne Way (Bury Central Interchange / Sugar Beet Roundabout).

The incident has been ongoing since around 17:00. It happened near to the Thurston turn off (J46).

Westbound is also shut but from J47 as traffic cannot enter the carriageway from J46.

Residents in Suffolk town call for action after man dies in suspected hit and run

Residents of a Suffolk market town are demanding action against speeding motorists after the death of a man in a hit and run crash.

Forty-two-year-old Shane Lay was fatally injured as he walked his dog.

It happened in the early hours of Friday morning in Bridge Street in Bungay. Tonight the police are urging the driver of the car that struck him to come forward.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson.

New multi-million pound cancer unit opens at Ipswich Hospital

Official opening of the unit at Ipswich Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new four and a half million pound cancer treatment unit opened at Ipswich Hospital today.

A group of staff, patients and volunteers fundraised alongside Macmillan Cancer Support to help pay for the unit.

The centre will help patients undergoing chemotherapy, oncology and haematology treatment. Fundraising is still ongoing for the unit, which features consulting rooms, more treatment chairs and private bays.

"The environment that we now see here provides a much more spacious area for patients. What was only 12 treatment rooms is now 30."

– Neil Maloney, Chief Operating Officer, Ipswich Hospital

"We used to sit and joke about it and dream about having a big space like this to have our treatment in and my two very close friends that are no longer here, who would have absolutely loved to come here and have their treatment in this space. Would just have made such a difference."

– Nisa Heys, patient

"It just makes it a lot easier. It's bright, it's cheerful, which is what you want. It just makes it a lot more pleasant."

– Brian Heffernan, patient
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