Ipswich Forum

Northern Bypass

Join us as we press for the long overdue Northern Bypass bring various benefits (such as reducing air pollution in the town, reducing Felixstowe HGVs, reducing congestion, alternative routes when roads are closed due to an RTC or roadworks etc) for the Greater Ipswich area in particular Ipswich and Kesgrave.
Ipswich’s most glamorous party? Strictly ball delights guests
Ipswich’s most glamorous party? Strictly ball delights guests. It was one of the parties of the year - but if you didn’t make it to Inspire Suffolk’s Strictly Charity ball, these photos will show you just what you missed.
‘Check on people in this heat’ words of wisdom from kind neighbour
‘Check on people in this heat’ words of wisdom from kind neighbour. A concerned neighbour who has been backed by his community in Kesgrave, has urged people to keep an eye on vulnerable people in the incredibly hot weather we have been experiencing. Continue reading.
Storms on their way as warm weather subsides
Storms on their way as warm weather subsides. Suffolk and Essex could be hit by thunderstorms in the next few hours, according to forecasters. Continue reading.
No hosepipe ban this summer, says Anglian Water
No hosepipe ban this summer, says Anglian Water. Water supplies ‘secure’ despite soaring temperatures and less than average rainfall .
Ipswich Town Open Day delights fans
Ipswich Town Open Day delights fans. Hundreds lined the streets around Portman Road eagerly awaiting this year’s extra sunny Ipswich Town Open Day. Continue reading.
Scorching weather boosts Suffolk’s ice cream sellers
Scorching weather boosts Suffolk’s ice cream sellers. Ice cream makers and sellers have had a brilliant day in the sunshine - with some saying a heat wave can triple their takings. Continue reading.
“Knock on” rail disruptions expected tomorrow due to heatwave
“Knock on” rail disruptions expected tomorrow due to heatwave. The hot weather has caused major delays on the rails today – but Greater Anglia has confirmed service will be better tomorrow. Continue reading.
How do you turn a failing Ipswich school around?
How do you turn a failing Ipswich school around? Your school has been roundly criticised by inspectors, its reputation is damaged, children are leaving with poor exam grades, bad behaviour is disrupting lessons and parents are demanding better. It is a difficult scenario few people would relish facing, but is one Helen Winn was confronted with at Ipswich Academy.
Drivers call parking enforcement ‘predatory’ – as wardens group up over safety fears
Drivers call parking enforcement ‘predatory’ – as wardens group up over safety fears. Rows over parking in Ipswich have become so heated that traffic wardens are no longer working alone - for their own safety. Continue reading.
Car on fire in lay-by on A14
Car on fire in lay-by on A14. A car was found on fire in a lay-by on the A14. Continue reading.
School holiday bonus for families as playparks set to reopen
School holiday bonus for families as playparks set to reopen. Youngsters have been given a special school holiday bonus – the reopening of two Felixstowe playparks as part of a £265,000 refurbishment project. Continue reading.
Five things Boris must do to help Suffolk charities
Five things Boris must do to help Suffolk charities. Suffolk’s Deborah Watson has recently started Wednesday’s Child, a new social enterprise to help those with experience of eating disorders. Here, she outlines key ways new prime minister Boris Johnson can help the county’s charities.
Housing development labelled ‘absolute disgrace’ during Lords debate
Housing development labelled ‘absolute disgrace’ during Lords debate. A Suffolk peer described a controversial housing estate as an “absolute disgrace” during scathing criticisms of planners and developers. Continue reading.
How are our hospitals coping with the heatwave?
How are our hospitals coping with the heatwave? Ipswich Hospital is reporting a ‘surge’ of patients due to the blistering heatwave. Continue reading.
Looking back: When heat records were last broken
Looking back: When heat records were last broken. Today’s temperatures might set an all-time record for Suffolk - but do you remember the last time the county set a heat record? 
Cavendish towards the west of the county recorded highs of 33.
“Mind-boggling supidity” - suspended sentences for men who accidentally started £1.6m blaze with prank
“Mind-boggling supidity” - suspended sentences for men who accidentally started £1. 6m blaze with prank. Two bored shop workers who caused a devastating £1.
Mercury hits 34C in East Anglia - and is likely to rise through the afternoon
Mercury hits 34C in East Anglia - and is likely to rise through the afternoon. Forecasters say we are likely in for a record breaker today as the blistering temperatures are set to continue rising throughout the afternoon. Continue reading.
Warning veggie sausages could contain metal after ‘production issue’
Warning veggie sausages could contain metal after ‘production issue’. Batches of vegetarian cocktail sausages are being recalled amid fears they could contain small pieces of metal. Continue reading.
Orwell Bridge to close for abnormal load
Orwell Bridge to close for abnormal load. A massive electrical transformer the size of 14 double-decker buses will force the closure of the Orwell Bridge when it is transported through Suffolk. Continue reading.
Judge receives honour from borough
Judge receives honour from borough. Suffolk judge Martyn Levett has been appointed Honorary Recorder of Ipswich. Continue reading.
Toilet block catches fire near Ipswich’s Portman Road
Toilet block catches fire near Ipswich’s Portman Road. A fire broke out in a toilet block near to Ipswich Town’s Portman Road stadium. Continue reading.
Ipswich couple’s holiday guide was Buzz Aldrin, the second man on moon
Ipswich couple’s holiday guide was Buzz Aldrin, the second man on moon. As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Ipswich’s Randall Bevan remembers a very personal brush with one of the astronauts – he spent two weeks driving Buzz Aldrin around Jordan in 2003! Continue reading.
Homebase takeover saves Ipswich store from closure
Homebase takeover saves Ipswich store from closure. The future of Ipswich’s Bathstore has been secured following a takeover by DIY giant Homebase. Continue reading.
Where is the hottest place in Suffolk today?
Where is the hottest place in Suffolk today? Yesterday the hottest temperature in the whole country was recorded in Suffolk and today it is expected to be even hotter. Continue reading.
‘We’re starting to lose hope’ – Family’s plea to help find missing Brian
‘We’re starting to lose hope’ – Family’s plea to help find missing Brian. The wife and son of a missing Suffolk man have made a desperate plea for help in finding the 82-year-old after he disappeared almost a week ago. Continue reading.
Ed Sheeran may bring disruption for some – but Ipswich shows will boost town
Ed Sheeran may bring disruption for some – but Ipswich shows will boost town. We’re now just a month away from Ed Sheeran’s concerts in Ipswich’s Chantry Park – and it’s clear they will be the highlight of the year for many people from Ipswich, Suffolk and wider afield. Continue reading.
Anger after window company shuts leaving customers with unfulfilled orders
Anger after window company shuts leaving customers with unfulfilled orders. Angry customers and contractors say they want answers from a home improvement company which has stopped trading. Continue reading.
Allow flexible working during heatwave, says union
Allow flexible working during heatwave, says union. Avoiding the sweltering daily commute and dressing casually can help people keep cool, advises the TUC .
Nearly 300 trains cancelled due to heat
Nearly 300 trains cancelled due to heat. Almost 300 trains are due to be cancelled because of today’s hot weather, rail operator Greater Anglia has warned. Continue reading.
Graduation day at nursery as it sweeps the board with ‘Outstanding’ ratings
Graduation day at nursery as it sweeps the board with ‘Outstanding’ ratings. It’s top marks for one nursery in Shotley after an Ofsted report came back as ‘Outstanding’ in every category. Continue reading.
Framlingham woman takes on 50 marathons in a year
Framlingham woman takes on 50 marathons in a year. Taking part in one marathon may be the ultimate challenge for some but for one Framlingham woman 26. 3 miles is just not enough.
New retail park in Ipswich gets go ahead
New retail park in Ipswich gets go ahead. Plans to revamp a former dairy factory into new retail and leisure facilities have been given the green light - and could create up to 170 jobs. Continue reading.
Today’s breaking news for Suffolk and north Essex
Today’s breaking news for Suffolk and north Essex. Follow our live blog for all of today’s breaking news on the hottest day of the year. Continue reading.
Train cancellations and hospital preparations...Suffolk’s hottest day is here
Train cancellations and hospital preparations. Suffolk’s hottest day is here. With Suffolk and Essex both poised to break existing hot weather records, here’s what to expect on the hottest day of the year so far.

Lidl, Aldi, Iceland – which discount supermarket is moving into empty Ipswich store?

Lidl, Aldi, Iceland – which discount supermarket is moving into empty Ipswich store? A discount supermarket chain could be set to move into a town centre store vacated just weeks ago by a stationery retailer. .
Orwell Green Garden Village plans for 2,700 homes will be ‘harmful’, objectors warn
Orwell Green Garden Village plans for 2,700 homes will be ‘harmful’, objectors warn. Objectors to a garden village on the outskirts of Ipswich have warned that it will be “harmful” to the town if it goes ahead. Continue reading.
Motorist injured after Stoke Bridge collision
Motorist injured after Stoke Bridge collision. A woman was taken to hospital after her car was involved in a collision in Ipswich town centre. Continue reading.
Priti Patel returns to the cabinet in top job as the new Home Secretary
Priti Patel returns to the cabinet in top job as the new Home Secretary. Witham MP Priti Patel is the new Home Secretary – 20 months after she was sacked from the cabinet by Theresa May. Continue reading.
Delays after car collides with tree on A14
Delays after car collides with tree on A14. Motorists suffered delays after a car left the road and collided with a tree on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds. Continue reading.
New play casts Edith Pretty as the visionary who ‘saw the past’ at Sutton Hoo
New play casts Edith Pretty as the visionary who ‘saw the past’ at Sutton Hoo. The Sutton Hoo story is an integral part of our local and national heritage and yet without the vision of landowner Edith Pretty this ship burial would have remained hidden beneath the earth. Now a new play, to be performed at Sutton Hoo, explores her life and view of the world Continue reading.
Pub in Ipswich town centre where Ed Sheeran played is set to reopen
Pub in Ipswich town centre where Ed Sheeran played is set to reopen. Live music is to return to The Swan in Ipswich, where Ed Sheeran performed before he became famous. Continue reading.
Suffolk Dog Day: Thousands expected for ‘best-ever’ celebrations of furry friends
Suffolk Dog Day: Thousands expected for ‘best-ever’ celebrations of furry friends. With just four days to go before Suffolk Dog Day, organisers are pulling out all the stops for the county’s favourite day of furry frolics. Continue reading.
Pub in Ipswich town centre where Ed Sheeran played is set to reopen
Pub in Ipswich town centre where Ed Sheeran played is set to reopen. A live music venue in Ipswich could be on the verge of reopening, it has emerged. Continue reading.
Tributes: Audrey and Les Pettitt died four days apart
Tributes: Audrey and Les Pettitt died four days apart. They were in their 90s and were married for 68 years. ‘It’s so sad for us, but at the same time we should be happy that they’re together,’ says family Continue reading.
Review: The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge - Good food and games
Review: The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge - Good food and games. Nicola Warren reviews the pub that won Best Family Dining at the Eat Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2019. Continue reading.
Could Suffolk and Essex temperature records be broken today?
Could Suffolk and Essex temperature records be broken today? With temperatures set to rise close to 40C in parts of the region today, could records be broken? Continue reading.
It’s official - Suffolk is the HOTTEST place in the UK
It’s official - Suffolk is the HOTTEST place in the UK. Suffolk has recorded the highest temperatures of anywhere in the country today during the blistering heatwave. Continue reading.
Ipswich rape: Teenager bailed as police continue investigation
Ipswich rape: Teenager bailed as police continue investigation. A teenage boy has been bailed after being arrested in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Ipswich town centre. Continue reading.
Teenage girl grabbed by man in Felixstowe
Teenage girl grabbed by man in Felixstowe. A teenage girl was grabbed by an unknown man after he watched her from his car on an afternoon in Felixstowe. Continue reading.
Youth had sword hidden in trousers when arrested, court told
Youth had sword hidden in trousers when arrested, court told. A 17-year-old youth accused of murdering Daniel Saunders in an Ipswich alleyway had a sword hidden down his trousers when he was arrested by armed police in Essex four days later, a court heard. Continue reading.
See the new place where you can sit and unwind in Ipswich
See the new place where you can sit and unwind in Ipswich. A new peace garden has opened in north-west Ipswich, but what exactly is it? Continue reading.
Suspected plane crash ‘turned out to be a silver balloon’
Suspected plane crash ‘turned out to be a silver balloon’. Worried onlookers who thought they might have witnessed the aftermath of a light aircraft crash breathed a sigh of relief - after it turned out to be litte more than a silver balloon. Continue reading.
‘We are so worried’ - dad’s emotional plea for missing son to return home
‘We are so worried’ - dad’s emotional plea for missing son to return home. A distraught father has issued an emotional plea for missing son Steven Turner from Ipswich as his worried son’s birthday approaches. Continue reading.
Farmer assists firefighters as they tackle field blaze
Farmer assists firefighters as they tackle field blaze. A local farmer has been helping firefighters as they battle a large field fire in Suffolk. Continue reading.
Rail passengers told NOT TO TRAVEL due to hot weather
Rail passengers told NOT TO TRAVEL due to hot weather. Greater Anglia has announced it is running a “significantly reduced service” on Thursday because of the extreme heat in East Anglia. Continue reading.
Striking photo shows brewing storm as sun rises over iconic pier
Striking photo shows brewing storm as sun rises over iconic pier. If there was ever a photo that showed how Suffolk’s weather can turn on a sixpence, this is it. Continue reading.
Newmarket leisure centre to get £1.8m revamp
Newmarket leisure centre to get £1. 8m revamp. Newmarket Leisure Centre is to undergo a £1.
Heat is on with combines working flat out in extreme temperatures to bring in harvest
Heat is on with combines working flat out in extreme temperatures to bring in harvest. Suffolk and Essex farmers are feeling the pressure as extreme temperatures and harvest time collide – but they are more than up to the job, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says. Continue reading.
Man ‘attempts to grab’ boy riding scooter
Man ‘attempts to grab’ boy riding scooter. A 10-year-old boy managed to escape unhurt after a stranger attempted to “grab” him near a caravan park. Continue reading.
Should companies help their employees with the cost of fertility treatments?
Should companies help their employees with the cost of fertility treatments? Research from Willis Towers Watson finds more than one in ten workers from East Anglia are in favour of fertility benefits. Continue reading.
RSPCA warning: ‘DO NOT walk your dog in the hot weather’
RSPCA warning: ‘DO NOT walk your dog in the hot weather’. As temperatures rocket across Suffolk and Essex, the RSPCA is warning dog lovers not to take their pets out in the heat. Continue reading.
Listed Ipswich property owner hit with £40k bill for banned alterations
Listed Ipswich property owner hit with £40k bill for banned alterations. A listed building owner has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay almost as much in prosecution costs for carrying out alterations without proper consent. Continue reading.

Costcutter reopens former Tesco store on Ipswich’s Bramford Road

Costcutter reopens former Tesco store on Ipswich’s Bramford Road. The former Tesco Express in Ipswich’s Bramford Road, which closed in March, has reopened as a Costcutter convenience store. .
Weather warning: Heatwave could bring record temperatures AND thunderstorms
Weather warning: Heatwave could bring record temperatures AND thunderstorms. The region is braced for both sky-high temperatures and lightning strikes as experts forecast a cocktail of extreme weather. Continue reading.
Bulgarian cow named after Suffolk politician
Bulgarian cow named after Suffolk politician. The calf of a ‘famous’ Bulgarian cow, who avoided execution after accidentally crossing into another country, has been named after an East Anglian politician. Continue reading.
New Aldeburgh shop reveals opening date
New Aldeburgh shop reveals opening date. A well-known brand have announced an opening date for their new store in Aldeburgh. Continue reading.
Everything you need to know about the Ipswich Twilight 10k 2019
Everything you need to know about the Ipswich Twilight 10k 2019. The hugely popular 10k race returns to Ipswich town centre on Friday, July 26 - here are all the details you need, including road closures. Continue reading.

Today’s news as it happens

Today’s news as it happens. Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the breaking news from across Suffolk and north Essex. .
Train delays after signalling system damaged by lightning
Train delays after signalling system damaged by lightning. Passengers travelling between Ipswich and Cambridge have been caught in disruption after the signalling system was damaged during last night’s thunderstorms. Continue reading.
Ipswich residents asked to leave bins out overnight during heatwave
Ipswich residents asked to leave bins out overnight during heatwave. People in Ipswich have been asked to put their bins out overnight in order for waste crews to avoid heatwave temperatures. Continue reading.
Primary school girls become fundraising stars after mum’s heartbreaking diagnosis
Primary school girls become fundraising stars after mum’s heartbreaking diagnosis. A group of school girls have turned the heartbreaking news of a mother’s cancer diagnosis into an incredible fundraising drive. Continue reading.
M&S Food Hall will be close to new B&Q and Aldi at Stane Park
M&S Food Hall will be close to new B&Q and Aldi at Stane Park. Marks & Spencer wants to almost double the size of its planned food hall at the Stane Park in Stanway. Continue reading.
Will charges be introduced for free services at Suffolk County Council?
Will charges be introduced for free services at Suffolk County Council? Free council services such as libraries, archive access and recycling centres are not being eyed for charges to be introduced, finance chiefs have said. Continue reading.
Region hit by 15,000 lightning strikes overnight – with highs of 37C on the way
Region hit by 15,000 lightning strikes overnight – with highs of 37C on the way. Two dramatic thunderstorms will make way for scorching temperatures today – with the mercury set to hit potentially record-breaking highs tomorrow. Continue reading.
Suffolk man accused of operating cannabis factory and laundering money
Suffolk man accused of operating cannabis factory and laundering money. A Suffolk man has been accused of operating a cannabis factory from an address near Bury St Edmunds. Continue reading.
A14 closed in both directions due to police incident
A14 closed in both directions due to police incident. A stretch of the A14 near Ipswich is closed in both directions while police deal with a ongoing incident. Continue reading.
Police dog unit involved in car crash
Police dog unit involved in car crash. A police dog unit car has been involved in a crash with another car on a busy Stowmarket road. Continue reading.
Should employers subsidise fertility treatments to help staff become parents?
Should employers subsidise fertility treatments to help staff become parents? More than one in ten workers in East Anglia would like to see employers offer subsidised fertility treatments - according to a new survey. Continue reading.
Could last year’s hottest temperatures be beaten?
Could last year’s hottest temperatures be beaten? With temperatures set to soar into the mid 30s this week, could there be a chance of breaking last year’s records? Continue reading.
How can Suffolk Highways make the Bell Lane junction safer?
How can Suffolk Highways make the Bell Lane junction safer? As authorities debate ways to make the scene of a fatal crash safer, one nearby resident has spoken out against the proposed installation of traffic lights. Continue reading.
Suffolk outlines what Boris Johnson can do for the county
Suffolk outlines what Boris Johnson can do for the county. A plea has been made to the new prime minister for better investment in Suffolk, as industry chiefs come together to outline the county’s priorities. Continue reading.
Teenager seen leaving alleged Ipswich murder scene in taxi
Teenager seen leaving alleged Ipswich murder scene in taxi. A 17-year-old youth accused of murdering a 32-year-old man who was stabbed in an Ipswich alleyway left the area in a taxi shortly after the alleged attack, a court has heard. Continue reading.
Do you remember a silky 1970s school gymnastics display?
Do you remember a silky 1970s school gymnastics display? Organisers of a major project celebrating Sudbury’s silk industry are appealing for memories of a school gymnastics display at a summer fete more than 40 years ago. Continue reading.
Ipswich rape: Teenage boy and man, 45, arrested in connection with attack
Ipswich rape: Teenage boy and man, 45, arrested in connection with attack. A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with an attack on an 18-year-old girl in Ipswich town centre. Continue reading.
What books will your children read for this year’s summer libraries challenge?
What books will your children read for this year’s summer libraries challenge? A rocket-making workshop kick-started 2019’s summer reading challenge across Suffolk libraries. Continue reading.
Mill Mount Field public inquiry begins
Mill Mount Field public inquiry begins. A public inquiry has begun into controversial plans to build up to 160 homes on the edge of Stowmarket. Continue reading.
Ipswich Scouts set off for World Jamboree
Ipswich Scouts set off for World Jamboree. Scouts from Ipswich have set off for one of the world’s biggest events in the Scouting calendar. Continue reading.
Field fire breaks out near town centre
Field fire breaks out near town centre. Firefighters are battling a field blaze in the town of Clare in south Suffolk. Continue reading.
Christchurch Park and Holywells Park given Green Flag Awards
Christchurch Park and Holywells Park given Green Flag Awards. Two of Ipswich’s main parks have been given awards marking them out as some of the UK’s best outdoor spaces. Continue reading.
In pictures: Ipswich primary school’s colourful arts festival
In pictures: Ipswich primary school’s colourful arts festival. Morris dancing, a performance of Romeo and Juliet and passionate poetry readings marked a school’s bright and colourful art festival. Continue reading.
‘Keep it commerical’ - report recommends way forward for Delphi site
‘Keep it commerical’ - report recommends way forward for Delphi site. A report examining potential future options for the Delphi Industries site in Sudbury has recommended it stays in commercial use. Continue reading.
Boris Johnson heads to Downing Street – let the rollercoaster ride begin!
Boris Johnson heads to Downing Street – let the rollercoaster ride begin! Boris Johnson’s confirmation as the new leader of the Conservative Party and from Wednesday lunchtime as Prime Minister may be the end of a political chapter – but it’s unlikely to immediately usher in a new era of stability. Continue reading.
Ipswich haulage firm boss’s fury at lack of police communication over £250k heist
Ipswich haulage firm boss’s fury at lack of police communication over £250k heist. A Suffolk logistics boss says he is ‘fuming’ at the lack of police feedback after thieves broke into his yard and made off with £250k to £300k worth of goods. Continue reading.
Police increasingly concerned about missing Leiston man Brian Nunn
Police increasingly concerned about missing Leiston man Brian Nunn. Suffolk police have renewed appeals to trace 82-year-old Brian Nunn from Leiston who went missing over the weekend. Continue reading.
Scam alert as fake council tax refund texts reported
Scam alert as fake council tax refund texts reported. Fake texts promising refunds for overpaid council tax are being sent to people across Ipswich and Suffolk. Continue reading.
Government plans to make energy customers shoulder Sizewell C costs comes under fire
Government plans to make energy customers shoulder Sizewell C costs comes under fire. Government proposals which would leave electricity customers to foot up-front costs for firing up new nuclear power plants like Sizewell C has been blasted by campaigners. Continue reading.
Fire engine ‘trapped’ for two hours in overgrown road
Fire engine ‘trapped’ for two hours in overgrown road. A fire engine is believed to have been stuck for over two hours in a road in Woodbridge after it was trapped by undergrowth. Continue reading.

Boris Johnson confirmed as new Tory leader – and next Prime Minister

Boris Johnson confirmed as new Tory leader – and next Prime Minister. Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party – and will take over as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Wednesday afternoon. .
See trailer of amazing asthma app which could save lives
See trailer of amazing asthma app which could save lives. If you have a child with asthma, this new app created by a Suffolk-based firm could help to save their life should the worst happen. Continue reading.
Could a new petrol station, fast-food restaurant and coffee shop be built near Bury?
Could a new petrol station, fast-food restaurant and coffee shop be built near Bury? Plans for a petrol station along with a drive-through restaurant and coffee shop near the A14 on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds have been revealed. Continue reading.

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