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Suffolk councillor Brian Riley defends move to America on return to the UK

Brian Riley with his daughter (left) and wife (right). Credit: Archant

A Suffolk county councillor who refused to resign despite emigrating to North Carolina in America has defended his decision as he returned to the UK for the first time.

Brian Riley, who is member for Hadleigh, provoked outrage when he announced the move.

He returned to Suffolk this week and will attend a scrutiny committee meeting tomorrow.

He said he was worth the £10,000 a year in allowances.


Fresh warnings about dangers of outdoor swimming as man dies in Suffolk reservoir

The body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was pulled from Alton water Reservoir in Tattingstone. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are fresh warnings today of the dangers of open water swimming after a man died at a Suffolk Reservoir last night.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was pulled from Alton water Reservoir in Tattingstone, near the Dedham Vale, after a major search by emergency services.

They were called at around 8pm last night after reports that the man was seen going under the water.

"We are asking people to stay safe following a tragic incident at Alton Water near Ipswich last night.

The best way to stay safe in or near the water is to take some sensible precautions and prevent accidents from happening."

– Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service

Southwold Pier extension to draw more tourists

Southwold Pier Credit: ITV Anglia

Plans are underway to extend Southwold Pier.

Southwold Pier Credit: ITV Anglia

The original pier was built as a landing stage for steamships that brought tourists over from London. Almost a million people visit it every year.

Southwold Pier Credit: ITV Anglia

The owners who bought it in 2013 say they have plans to get even more people to come.

Southwold Pier Credit: ITV Anglia

Funds are also being raised to build a coastal path from the pier to allow people to take in the surrounding landscape


Major disruption for train travellers as a rail buckles at Stowmarket

There's major disruption at Stowmarket Credit: ITV Anglia

Passengers travelling on trains through Stowmarket are being warned of long delays after urgent repairs to the tracks.

It's thought a rail has buckled, though it's not clear whether this is due to the heat.

Greater Anglia says there'll be disruption until midnight.

It's affecting train services between Liverpool Street and Norwich and between Ipswich and Cambridge in both directions. Ipswich to Peterborough train services will be suspended until further notice in both directions. There's a reduced service between Ipswich and Norwich and some services may be terminated short of the advertised destination.

Some trains have been delayed by more than 90 minutes because of a buckled rail in the Stowmarket area. Credit: Terence Brennan / ITV News Anglia

We are have been unable to set-up a rail replacement bus service on the disrupted routes owing to no operators being available. Please allow for an extended journey time of up to 60 minutes. Abellio Greater Anglia tickets are being accepted on London Underground services between Liverpool Street and King's Cross, Great Northern train services between London King's Cross and Ely, and on East Midlands Trains services between Ely and Norwich, in both directions until further notice.

– Greater Anglia
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