An aerial view of the Orwell Bridge, which was shut during the high winds brought to Suffolk by Storm Doris. Ipswich's MP has said work must continue to provide the town with alternative routes for diverted Orwell Bridge traffic in the wake of yesterday's closure.
Ipswich was again forced to deal with the disruption caused by an Orwell Bridge closure yesterday as Storm Doris wreaked havoc across East Anglia. With wind speeds of up to 70mph predicted during the afternoon Highways England made the decision to shut the bridge to all traffic around 10am.
One of the most significant developments during the day was the closure of the Orwell Bridge due to the high speed winds brought by the storm. This caused chaos around Ipswich as the diversion sent motorists through the town along already busy roads - while quieter streets became busier as those with a bit of local knowledge tried to beat the queues.
The next stage of improvement work to Oak Meadow park in Kesgrave is to begin from Monday -with the new equipment set to be ready in time for the Easter holidays. Kesgrave Town Council acquired the park last year after residents raised concerns over the safety and condition of the existing play equipment.
Were you in Ipswich when Margaret Thatcher visited in April 1979, just one month before she won the general election? One month before she became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher visited Ipswich in a final attempt to win over voters in April 1979. Mrs Thatcher addressed the hundreds of people that gathered on Cornhill and delivered a speech on the steps of the Town Hall.
A pizza delivery driver who was involved in an accident with another vehicle in Wherstead Road, Ipswich has been banned from the roads after pleading guilty to drink-driving. Giedrius Puisys, of Camden Road, Ipswich, was three times the drink-drive limit when the accident happened on December 16, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.
For as long as I've been covering developments in Suffolk - and that extends to decades rather than years - there has been a perceived conflict between out of town retail parks and traditional town centres. This week we've had the opening of Marks and Spencer's extension at Martlesham Heath which has cemented the Beardmore Park area of that community as almost an alternative "town centre" for those living on the east of the town.
A scheme which uses church towers to improve broadband signal in hard-to-reach areas is aiming to spread its service into Suffolk. Norwich-based WiSpire has also been named in the top 10 suppliers for a Broadband Delivery UK-administered voucher scheme - installing systems for 132 customers in the last four months of 2016 with another 300 expected to come on-board in 2017.
Police investigating the fatal stabbing of Dean Stansby in Ipswich earlier this month have today arrested a fourth person in connection with his death. Police were called by the ambulance service at 6.30pm on February 8 to reports that a man had been stabbed in the vicinity of Ancaster Road.