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Plans to transform 7th century Suffolk burial ground unveiled

A visitor looks at an exhibition of artefacts from Sutton Hoo. Credit: PA

The National Trust has today unveiled a new £2.4m project to transform the Sutton Hoo burial ground.

The 7th century ground, near Woodbridge in Suffolk, is considered one of the world’s most important archaeological sites.

Plans include building a raised platform to provide views over the entire burial ground and to the River Deben beyond it.

An enhanced formal education programme, an art and craftsmanship programme and new volunteering roles will also be introduced.

The project has received a £150,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to progress through its early development stages.

The National Trust says it will consult with the local community about the overall shape of the plans.

“We want to enrich and enhance the experience people have when visiting Sutton Hoo.

“This special place is about so much more than the treasure, it tells the hugely significant story of how the first English people lived their lives.

“Their significance continues to resonate down the centuries in our language, our craft traditions and our connections to land and landscape.

– Luke Potter, East Suffolk General Manager


Update: Missing man from Suffolk found

David Stapleton Credit: Suffolk Police

A missing 86-year-old man from Woodbridge has been found.

David Stapleton had last been seen at his home address in Woodbridge, at lunch time on the 25th October 2015.

Mr Stapleton was found safe and well by police in Norfolk this morning.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance with this appeal.

Police appeal for missing Suffolk man

David Stapleton has been missing since Wednesday 25th October Credit: Suffolk police

Suffolk police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 86 year old man from Woodbridge.

David Stapleton was last seen at his home address in The Avenue, Woodbridge at lunch time on the 25th October 2015.

Police have released a description of David.

  • 5 ft 9 inches tall
  • Medium build
  • Grey hair
  • balding on top with a full grey beard

Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who has seen David or has any information on where he may be to contact Suffolk Police on 101.


Hundreds enjoy chance to view maritime history

Flags are out for Woodbridge maritime festival Credit: ITV Anglia
Woodbridge decked out for its Maritime Festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of people have been in Woodbridge for the town’s Maritime Festival.

The two day event showcases the importance of the sea and river to the history of the area.

On show are Thames barges and various traditional boats, including three boats originally owned by Arthur Ransome – the author of Swallows and Amazons.

The festival features live music and stalls with local produce, arts and crafts. There is also a 13-metre long replica of the Sutton Hoo burial ship.

Woman's body found: man arrested on suspicion of murder

A man has been arrested following the discovery of a woman's body at Martlesham Heath Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's been arrested by Suffolk police on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman's body at a house in Martlesham Heath near Ipswich.

Police were called to an address in the Lark Rise area of Martlesham Heath on Friday evening following concerns from neighbours.

The body of a woman was discovered. Police say the death was suspicious and a post-mortem examination is being carried out to discover how she died.

A 42-year-old man was treated at Ipswich hospital after being discovered with injuries to his wrists at a house in Tunstall Green near Woodbridge.

The man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

Police cordons are in place at both addresses in Martlesham and Tunstall Green.

Historic mill producing more flour

Woodbridge Tide mill Credit: ITV Anglia

Flour production's increasing at one of Suffolk's landmarks.

Woodbridge Tide mill had a one and a quarter million pound restoration two years ago and is now on course to produce five tonnes of flour this year.

Flour was first made on the site 800 years ago. Sales of the flour help pay for the upkeep of the historic mill.

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