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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 3 February 2017
  2. HMS Ganges homes a step closer after court ruling
  3. Ed Sheeran appears on dirty white van
  4. Local charity turns to Monty Don for help in building a terraced allotment
  5. Hospital merger under consideration
  6. A131, Newton Road, closed again in Sudbury

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Fans pay tribute to Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie

A minute's applause was held at Portman Road in memory of Ipswich Town footballer Kevin Beattie, who died suddenly on Sunday, aged 64.

His daughter and grandson led the side out last night before their 1-1 draw with Brentford, and the players wore black armbands.

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Former team-mates and opponents have been paying tribute to "Beat", who first arrived at the club as a 15-year-old and made his debut against Manchester United in 1972.

He went on to start in 296 games for Town, scoring 32 goals, and helped them win the FA Cup in 1978 and Uefa Cup in 1981.

Kayden Jackson

Brentford stay second in the Championship as a spirited second-half fightback sees bottom side Ipswich Town gain a point.

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Knife haul removed from Ipswich streets
Police have been emptying amnesty bins, which allow people to anonymously dispose of their blades.

Severe accident: A1088 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1088 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between Woolpit Road and Baileypool Lane.

A1088 Suffolk - A1088 Stow Lane in Ixworth blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Woolpit Road junction and the Baileypool Lane junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Sudbury RUFC play in ideal conditions but to no avail

About My Area

Sudbury travelled to North Walsham on Saturday with a few of the more familiar faces missing and it was to cost them dear.

Kevin Beattie: Ex team-mates pay tribute to the defender
Terry Butcher described Beattie as the "complete footballer".
Amanda Duncan

Amanda Duncan was reported missing 25 years ago after travelling to Ipswich to work as a prostitute.

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Hull City celebrate

Hull City avoid a club record seventh successive home defeat with victory over Ipswich, who remain without a win this season.

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Blackpool

A scheme to improve coastal access for people with disabilities is one of 16 to receive funding.

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Ladies flip for Suffolk giant tractor tyre cancer challenge
Months of training and steely determination get a five-strong team over the 5km finish line.

Ed Sheeran on GoT: 'They should have killed me off'

Ed Sheeran
BBC

Ed Sheeran got a bit of flack when he appeared on the hit show Game of Thrones.

Some even suggested the negative reaction to his brief appearance as a singing soldier on the HBO series led to him leaving the Twitter-verse - though the ginger one disputes this.

Still, he told Buzzfeed, that killing him off might have been a more satisfactory end for those dissenters to his cameo.

‘It was fun being in Game of Thrones, but I definitely think they should’ve killed me off in the episode.

"I reckon that probably would’ve been the redemption for people that didn’t like it."

Nonetheless he believes his character is "still out there...chilling".

Oh, and he also revealed he sings Taco Friday in the shower and he'd be a Hufflepuff (that's a Harry Potter reference for those of you scratching your heads).

All this while playing with kittens - is there no end to the man's talents?!

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Rod Stewart to play at Ipswich and Milton Keynes

Sir Rod Stewart has announced he will be performing twice in the East of England next summer.

The Maggie May singer will take to the stage at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on 4 June.

He will then return to Ipswich's Portman Road on 7 June, having played at the venue in 1991 and 2007.

The dates are part of a seven-venue UK tour in support of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, which will be released on 28 September.

He will also play in Southampton, York, Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Bolton.

Sir Rod Stewart at Portman Road
Ashley Pickering
Sir Rod Stewart has played at Ipswich's Portman Road twice before
'Creepy' alarm sound made Ipswich woman 'feel sick'
The woman heard the sound of "It's raining, it's pouring" intermittently over the course of a year.
Tavis Spencer Aitkens

The 28-year-old is being questioned after Tavis Spencer-Aitkens was stabbed to death in June.

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Ipswich bike fixer revamps unwanted cycles
Old bikes are being given a new lease of life thanks to a charity project.
Heron takes pike off his perch at Lackford Lakes reserve
Photographer captures the moment a heron gets a two-for-one meal deal at a Suffolk nature reserve.
The damage outside the front of the Co-op Food store in Kessingland

A man and a teenager appear in court charged in a connection with a ram-raid at a food store.

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Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, from J36 A11 to J37 A142 Fordham Road Exning.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 blocked and stationary traffic eastbound from J36, A11 (Nine Mile Hill) to J37, A142 (Exning), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Shop car crash 'felt like an earthquake'

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BBC Radio Suffolk

A car has crashed into the front window of a town centre shop.

Police have set up a cordon outside the Dance Vibe store on Fore Street in Ipswich.

The incident happened just before 10:00.

The smashed window at Dance Vibe in Ipswich
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Karen Miller, who works in the family business, said when she arrived at the shop, the window was smashed in and a mannequin was on the floor.

She described the incident as a "bit of a nightmare" which had caused a loss in trade.

Barber Michael Andre, whose business is next door, said the crash "made the building shake" and "felt like an earthquake".

Sudbury lose their first home game of the season

About My Area

Sudbury lost their first home game of the season to a much stronger Colchester team.

Severe disruption: A1017 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1017 Suffolk both ways severe disruption, near B1057 Bumpstead Road.

A1017 Suffolk - A1017 in Haverhill closed in both directions near the B1057 Bumpstead Road junction, because of a building fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Eye shopkeeper's sales videos become internet hit
Oliver Green and cameraman Bruce Salter started making the videos in January.

Concerns over anti-social driving on Moreton Hall estate

Bury Free Press

Boy racers driving dangerously on a Bury St Edmunds estate could end up killing someone, it is feared.