Live updates

Police warn of traffic delays in Sudbury

Suffolk police say there is severe disruption to traffic in Sudbury.

Officers were called at 9am after an HGV needed assistance to avoid a low bridge on Cross Street.

Drivers coming into Sudbury from Essex are advised to avoid using the A131.

HGVs joining the A131 after Braintree are currently advised to pick up the A120 at Braintree signed towards Colchester, and from that point to follow directions to Sudbury on the A134. They should not take the B1508, which is currently closed for roadworks.

Police say traffic is moving slowly and is expected to stay the same until 4pm today.

Advertisement

Man arrested over rape allegation in Ipswich

A man has been arrested after a serious sexual assault in Ipswich which Suffolk police say is alleged to have happened in the early hours of this morning (21st August).

The attack on an 18-year-old woman was reported to have taken place at 3.30am in a car park in Lower Brook Street.

An 18-year-old man from Ipswich is being questioned on suspicion of rape.

David McGoldrick sets his sights on the Premier League as he signs new Ipswich Town contract

The striker has extended his contract until 2018 Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2018.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored 22 goals in 60 league appearances since joining the club permanently in July 2013.

David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy have been selected for Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

McGoldrick joins Murphy and fellow frontman Freddie Sears in extending his stay at the Blues.

“There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and it’s great to be part of it. We have got a great set of players here and we are going in the right direction. The squad is the best I have known in my time here, with the options we have now. We have got real competition for places all over the pitch. The Premier League where we all want to be and that’s the aim for us this season.”

– David McGoldrick

Our weatherman Aidan takes a very close look at clouds

Aidan with the research plane

In the latest in his series Clearing the Air, ITV Anglia weatherman Aidan McGivern has been taking a close look at clouds.

He's even been flying fifty feet above the North Sea - in a bid to explain how clouds are formed....

Aidan writes:

Even in the middle of summer, clouds are a familiar sight in the skies above the UK. But the tiny particles that cause clouds to grow and decay are much more difficult to observe. In fact, the best way to study them is to take to the skies and journey to the heart of the clouds

Flying 50 feet above the sea

Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire is the home for the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM). Using one of the most advanced research aircrafts in the world, Scientists from the Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council study everything from the physics of the clouds to the chemistry of the sky.

Inside the research plane
Met Office experts

In July, I took to the skies with atmospheric scientists from across the UK for an instrument test flight ahead of a research mission to the tropics. This summer, they are investigating the moment when water droplets in clouds freeze and how this impacts the development of the cloud.

Ten facts about clouds

  1. Other planets in our Solar System have clouds. The clouds on Venus are made of sulphur dioxide whilst Jupiter and Saturn have clouds of ammonia.

  2. In 1803, Luke Howard used Latin words to classify the clouds into nine main types. These included Cirrus \(wisps\), Stratus \(a layer\) and Cumulus \(a heap\).

  3. The average thickness of a cloud droplet is 0.02mm in diameter. This is around five times smaller than the thickness of a sheet of paper.

  4. The sunniest city in the world is officially Yuma in Arizona with over 4000 hours of sunshine each year, which amounts to around 91% of the time.

  5. The cloudiest parts of the world are found close to the poles and the cloudiest city on the planet is thought to be Chengdu in China, which has just 1100 hours of sunshine each year.

  6. Clouds are good omans in Iran. They have a saying for when someone is blessed with good luck: “dayem semakum ghaim”. This translates as "your sky is always filled with clouds"

  7. Clouds are very heavy. A small cumulus cloud might typically weigh as much as two elephants.

  8. In 1959 Lieutenant\-Colonel William Rankin, a pilot in the US Air Force, was ejected from his plane and into a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. He spent half an hour trapped in the cloud, thrown around by the up and downdrafts and pelted with hail. Amazingly, he survived the ordeal.

  9. Most clouds form in the lower part of the atmosphere called the Troposphere. Occasionally, clouds can form in the Stratosphere, which is the layer above the Troposphere. These are called Nacreous clouds.

  10. Only 1% of rain outside of the tropics comes from ice-free clouds.

Thousands of students collect their GCSE results

.

Thousands of students in the ITV Anglia region have received their GCSE results today. Official figures show the proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has risen again this year, but it's the fourth year in a row that top grades have fallen.

Our cameras were at the Ormiston Venture Academy at Gorleston in Norfolk when the results were handed out this morning. It became an academy in 2010 and was formerly Oriel High School.

These GCSE students are the first who've been all the way through the Academy and their results are the best ever. 61 per cent in maths and English A to C grades. An improvement of 18 per cent on last year.

They are particularly pleased because this is a school in an area of high social deprivation. Here are some pictures as the results were handed out:

.
.
.
.

GCSE results at the King Edward V1 School in Bury St Edmunds results are up 8% on last year's.

.
.
.
.
.
.

Here is Malcolm Robertson's report for the east of the ITV Anglia region..

And Sarah Cooper has been taking a look at the results in the west of the region...

Advertisement

Royal Anglian soldiers return from Afghanistan

A Black Hawk helicopter over Kabul. Credit: PA

The remaining troops based in Afghanistan with 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment will return home today.

The battalion, which recruits from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, has been based in Kabul protecting NATO officials working in the city.

The last contingent of 75 soldiers has now finished their six-month deployment.

Cycling: Tour of Britain returning to the region

.

The UKs biggest professional cycling event is coming back to East Anglia.

On Saturday 12 September theTour of Britain will return to Suffolk and Norfolk for the first time since 2012.

The region will host stage seven of the tour, the longest stage, covering 225 kilometres or 140 miles.

Twenty teams made up of 120 of the world's top cyclists will make their way from Fakenham Racecourse to Ipswich town centre.

During the race they will zip through Norwich city centre, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, reaching speeds of up to 70 kmph (43mph).

Jonathan Durling, Tour of Britain

"I remember, I think it was 2012, when we were last here and the crowds were absolutely enormous. Whenever we come up here it's always amazing to see the spectators. It's gonna be a Saturday, hopefully the weather is gonna be good so we would expect to see loads and loads of people out on the road which is fantastic."

– Jonathan Durling, Tour of Britain

In 2012 the Tour of Britain injected £3.3m into the local economy.

But it's love rather than money that keeps the riders coming back time and time again.

George Atkins has taken part in the event for the last three years.

George Atkins, Pro cyclist

"The noise that you hear from the crowds is pretty special when it's three/four people deep and everyone's shouting it is pretty special and it feels like a big event."

– George Atkins, Pro cyclist

The Tour of Britain will be the most high profile cycling event in the region since the Tour de France last summer.

Sir Bradley Wiggins Credit: PA

And although not yet official, cycling legend and event winner Sir Bradley Wiggins has said he will be racing. More information about the Tour of Britain here

Here's Liz Summers report:

Freddie Sears signs new Ipswich Town contract

Freddie Sears extends contract at Portman Road until 2019 Credit: PA

Freddie Sears has signed a new contract at Ipswich Town, keeping him at the club for the next four years.

The former Colchester player, who opened his account for the season against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, signed the new deal ahead of tonight’s Championship clash with Burnley.

Sears began his footballing career at West Ham and scored nine goals for the Town last season, after arriving in January.

Load more updates