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Police in Suffolk carried out a series of dawn raids across Ipswich with the aim of smashing the networks supplying class A drugs.

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IES Breckland responds

IES Breckland were not available for interview regarding Mick Smith's criticism, but referred ITV News to a previous statement by the Principal Alison Tilbrook regarding Ofsted's decision to place the school in special measures.

"We are of course dissatisfied with our performance in the recent Ofsted inspection but accept the team’s conclusions and we are already taking steps to address many of the issues identified in the report.

"This inspection came in the middle of a process of change at IES Breckland, following our own assessment of the school at the start of the academic year, and we have already taken steps to strengthen the leadership and teaching staff. A new full-time Principal has taken up post and a number of new staff at all levels have either recently started or are due to do so shortly.

"While there is still a long way to go, the report recognises that 'IES has acted promptly to appoint a new Principal and other managers' and that 'school leaders have begun to tackle some of the weaknesses identified by inspectors'.

"The changes we have made are showing improvement and we know that the school is moving in the right direction. The teachers and staff at IES Breckland are committed to providing a higher quality of education to students and will continue to work to improve standards at IES Breckland.

"We look forward to future Ofsted monitoring visits and inspections showing the direction in which we are moving."

– Alison Tilbrook, IES Breckland Principal

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Suffolk: Two 500lb bombs found on Euston Estate "more of a fizz than a bang"

The Euston Estate in Suffolk.
The Euston Estate in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A bomb disposal unit who have been dealing with the discovery of two 500lb unexploded bombs on the Euston Estate in Suffolk have described them as "more of a fizz than a bang."

The devices, which are thought to date back to the second world war, were moved by the team to another site where a small controlled explosion was carried out well away from the public.


Suffolk: Experts called to Euston Estate following discovery of 500lb bombs

The Euston Estate in Suffolk.
The Euston Estate in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bomb disposal experts have been called to an estate in Suffolk after the discovery of a pair of unexploded 500lb bombs.

They were uncovered on the Euston Estate near Thetford.

It's believed they're old RAF devices dating back to the second world war.

Teams from RAF Wittering and Suffolk Police are currently assessing the bombs and working out what to do with them.

Stretch of A11 still closed after woman suffers serious injuries in Mildenhall crash

The stretch of road between the Fiveways roundabout and the Elveden crossroads has been closed.
The stretch of road between the Fiveways roundabout and the Elveden crossroads has been closed (library picture). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Part of the A11 is still closed after a crash involving two cars and a lorry near Mildenhall.

Police, fire and air ambulance services are still at the scene and a woman is believed to have suffered serious injuries.

The collision happened shortly after 11am.

The stretch of road between the Fiveways roundabout and the Elveden crossroads has been closed.

Diversions are in place, but drivers have been warned to expect major delays.

Former X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson confirmed as final Thetford Forest act

Rebecca Ferguson has been named as the final headline act. Credit: PA

Former X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson has been named as the final headline act for this summer's Thetford Forest live concerts.

The 27-year-old lost out to Essex star Matt Cardle on the hit show back in 2010.

Boyzone will also play this summer.
Boyzone will also play this summer. Credit: PA

Ferguson will take to the stage on June 12, and joins Suede, The Pogues, Boyzone, Katherine Jenkins and Deacon Blue in playing in the Forest this summer.

Tickets cost £36.30 and go on sale on Friday.

For more details, head to the Forestry Commission website


Stadium owners to launch fight to change the law

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Speedway Credit: ITV News Anglia

The owners of Mildenhall stadium which runs speedway, greyhounds and stockcar events say they could be forced out of business by a long running legal dispute.

They've been ordered to pay compensation over excessive noise to a couple who bought a house close to the stadium. .

The promoters say they are taking the fight against the claim to parliament and want a change in the law to protect all motorsport venues against such claims

Work to protect A12 from flooding

Work to defend the A12 at Blythburgh in Suffolk against future flooding has begun.

The road which crosses the Blythburgh Estuary, had to be closed following the tidal surge along the east coast in December.

Raised banks, known as bunds, will now be built on either side of the single-carriageway road.

Speed restrictions and temporary traffic lights will be in place until the one million pound flood defences are completed in July.

Plans handed to the Government could create thousands of jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk

Plans have been handed into the Government to create thousands of new jobs across Norfolk and Suffolk in the next decade.

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is bidding for around £500 million pounds from a Government pot to boost our economy.

It says it will use the money to help establish up to 10 thousand new businesses, creating around 95 thousand jobs.

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