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Warning as girl approached by man 'looking for lost puppy'

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who approached a 17-year-old girl in Lowestoft. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who approached a 17-year-old girl in Lowestoft.

The incident took place around 12:25pm on Thursday 6 October at Station Square.

The girl was walking alone when the man approached her and tried to encourage her to go with him to find a lost puppy, which he described as a ‘rainbow-coloured dachshund’.

The girl felt uncomfortable about the situation and walked away unharmed.

Police would like to speak to the man, who is described as white, in his 20’s and with long blonde hair. He is of small to medium build and was wearing jeans and a hoody.

Anybody with information is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101.



Nine year deal to run East Anglian rail franchise begins

More than 1,000 new rail carriages will be built. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A nine-year deal to run the East Anglian rail franchise has begun today (17 October).

Greater Anglia was awarded the contract by the Department for Transport in August.

The Dutch firm had been running the Norwich to London line since 2012. The new deal will last until until 2025.

The company says it will spend £1.5 billion replacing all the old trains with new ones.

How many new carriages will be built.

The trains will start coming into service in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire in 2019.

There will also be at least four 90-minute services between London and Norwich each weekday and two 60-minute services per day between London and Ipswich.

Family pay tribute to man killed in Suffolk car crash

Ben Fulcher's family say they are devasated by his loss. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The family of a man who was found dead after a car crash in Suffolk have paid tribute to him.

21-year-old Ben Fulcher, from Needham Market, was found in a red mini that had veered off the road on the B10-78 in Coddenham, near Ipswich, on Saturday morning (15 October).

Ben was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers believe he was a passenger in the car.

His family say he was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and grandson and that they are devastated by their loss.

A 22-year-old man from Claydon was arrested and released on bail until January.

Almost half of rented homes in the East of England are not up to scratch

Housing charity warns many rented homes are falling short of being Credit: ITV News Anglia

A housing charity says more than 40% of rented homes in the East of England are not 'acceptable' to the people who live in them.

Most of the homes failed Shelter's test because they're too expensive and leave renters unable to save for the future.

Others were found to be poorly built or maintained and had problems such as damp and pests.

At Shelter we know all too well that a home is much more than bricks and mortar - it's a place that should allow us to live and thrive, rather than just get by.

When Shelter was founded fifty years ago, it was with the hope that one day everyone in in the country would have access to a place they can truly call home. But the sad truth is that far too many people in the East of England right now are living in homes that just aren't up to scratch - from the thousands of families forced to cope with poor conditions, to a generation of renters forking out most of their income on housing each month and unable to save for the future.

– Shelter's Chief Executive Campbell Robb

Clown carrying machete threatens two teenage girls in Suffolk

A clown carrying a machete threatened two teenagers in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation is underway after two girls were threatened by a man dressed as a clown carrying a machete in Bury St Edmunds.

It happened on Durham Close at 18:25 on Saturday night (15 October).

The man ran towards the girls saying he was going to harm them. The girls then ran off in the direction of Severn Road.

The girls were not injured but were very upset and shaken by the incident.

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