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.
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.
Warnings to stay safe as hot weather increases open fire risk
Warnings to stay safe as hot weather increases open fire risk. Temperatures could hit 34C this week in Suffolk as the weather hots up, leading to concerns about the potential risk of grass and field fires. Continue reading.
How hot will it get in Suffolk this week?
How hot will it get in Suffolk this week? After a warm and humid start to the week forecasters are predicting that the only way is up. Continue reading.
The rise and rise of doggy day care
The rise and rise of doggy day care. While the uncertainty over Brexit is hampering business growth in some sectors, there is one industry which is booming in Suffolk - and now pampered pooches are even being offered pilates sessions at the Suffolk Canine Creche. Continue reading.
Warnings of long delays on the A14 after lorry stops in lane
Warnings of long delays on the A14 after lorry stops in lane. Highways England are warning of delays of up to 45 minutes after an incident on the A14 westbound this morning near Bury St Edmunds. Continue reading.
Shop in The Saints going under the hammer
Shop in The Saints going under the hammer. A shop in trendy St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, which was previously Rovian Sports, is being sold at auction this week. Continue reading.
Why do so many Kesgrave children cycle to school?
Why do so many Kesgrave children cycle to school? Kesgrave High School has the highest rate of children who cycle to school in the UK - so why do these pupils see two wheels as better than four? Continue reading.
Breaking news from across Suffolk and north Essex
Breaking news from across Suffolk and north Essex. Keep up to date with all the latest travel, crime and other breaking stories from across the region. Continue reading.
Former Homebase at Warren Heath set to become first B&M garden centre in Ipswich
Former Homebase at Warren Heath set to become first B&M garden centre in Ipswich. The former Homebase store at Warren Heath on the edge of Ipswich is set to become a new B&M – almost certainly replacing the company’s existing store on the Ransomes Euro Retail Park. Continue reading.
Adnams unveils plans to revive fire-hit Ship Inn pub
Adnams unveils plans to revive fire-hit Ship Inn pub. Adnams has submitted detailed plans on how it plans to rebuild the fire-hit Ship Inn pub in Levington. Continue reading.
Campaigners walk round beauty spot targeted for development
Campaigners walk round beauty spot targeted for development. Residents fighting controversial proposals to build more than 100 homes on the edge of Stowmarket have held a protest walk on the eve of a public inquiry. Continue reading.
Ipswich teenage singing sensation Roma’s album goes on sale in hmv
Ipswich teenage singing sensation Roma’s album goes on sale in hmv. A rising teenage popstar from Ipswich has taken another step towards stardom - after her first album went on sale in a major record store. Continue reading.
New life for former park bowls green in Ipswich as a support centre
New life for former park bowls green in Ipswich as a support centre. A former bowling green in Ipswich’s best known park could have a new life as a centre for people with learning difficulties and autism. Continue reading.
Ipswich boy faces being wheelchair-bound by the age of 12 due to rare illness
Ipswich boy faces being wheelchair-bound by the age of 12 due to rare illness. Most young children wouldn’t give the ability to run around freely a moment’s thought. Continue reading.
Cats movie trailer wipes out all ‘Memory’ of the classic stage show
Cats movie trailer wipes out all ‘Memory’ of the classic stage show. The trailer for much anticipated movie version of Cats has landed online and it’s got everyone talking but not necessarily for the right reasons .
Car collides with rubbish as lorry sheds load on A12
Car collides with rubbish as lorry sheds load on A12. A car has crashed with a pile of waste that fell from a lorry onto the A12. Continue reading.
Cancelled: Heavyweight champ Wilder’s trip to Ipswich is scrapped
Cancelled: Heavyweight champ Wilder’s trip to Ipswich is scrapped. The unlikely visit of world heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder to Ipswich for a one-man show at the Regent Theatre has been cancelled. Continue reading.
Stansted strike action suspended as easyJet check-in staff vote on new pay offer
Stansted strike action suspended as easyJet check-in staff vote on new pay offer. Strike action at Stansted airport which could have affected thousands of passengers has been averted while a new pay offer is put to staff. Continue reading.
Can you help find missing Ipswich woman Lesley Edmunds?
Can you help find missing Ipswich woman Lesley Edmunds? A woman from Ipswich has been reported missing after not being seen for more than 24 hours. Continue reading.
Teachers’ pay rise will mean ‘less money to spend on pupils’
Teachers’ pay rise will mean ‘less money to spend on pupils’. Teachers are set to get a £1,000 pay rise – but there are fears the increase could mean less money for Suffolk’s children. Continue reading.
Have you seen missing man Glyn Morritt?
Have you seen missing man Glyn Morritt? Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from his Suffolk home. Continue reading.
Patients could face trip down A12 in hospital treatment shake-up
Patients could face trip down A12 in hospital treatment shake-up. Hospital patients across Suffolk and north Essex could face trips along the A12 for operations under a multi-million pound treatment shake-up, it has emerged. Continue reading.
Help save under threat bus services, transport group urges
Help save under threat bus services, transport group urges. Concerns have been raised over proposed changes to “important” bus services in east Suffolk. Continue reading.
Essex MP Priti Patel gets support to improve both the A12 and A120 roads
Essex MP Priti Patel gets support to improve both the A12 and A120 roads. Two major road projects in Essex should get government backing, a transport minister told Witham MP Priti Patel in an answer to a parliamentary question. Continue reading.
Crime scene sleuths put forensic skills to test
Crime scene sleuths put forensic skills to test. Fourteen future crime scene investigators put their skills under the microscope for the regional heat of a UK contest. Continue reading.
Amazing Chantry Academy students rewarded at celebration night
Amazing Chantry Academy students rewarded at celebration night. For these young Chantry Academy students who have spent a year working hard, this was their just reward. Continue reading.
Revealed – the properties outside of Suffolk two of your councils have bought
Revealed – the properties outside of Suffolk two of your councils have bought. Two Suffolk councils which have controversially invested millions of pounds into out-of-county retail, office and commercial property are set to sign off their investment firm’s business plan for the year this week. Here is what they already own: Continue reading.
Revealed – First look at £25m plans for new Ipswich Hospital A&E
Revealed – First look at £25m plans for new Ipswich Hospital A&E. Health bosses have spelled out their vision to pump nearly £25million into a new A&E and urgent care department at Ipswich Hospital. Continue reading.
Lane closed on A12 after crash
Lane closed on A12 after crash. A fuel spill following a crash on the A12 has led to one lane of the busy route being closed. Continue reading.
Major Suffolk road closed after pair airlifted to hospital
Major Suffolk road closed after pair airlifted to hospital. Two people were freed from a vehicle after a serious crash on a major Suffolk road. Continue reading.
YouTube BMX star meets fans to spread anti-knife message
YouTube BMX star meets fans to spread anti-knife message. BMX social media sensation Ryan Taylor met a large group of teenagers on the Waterfront before joining in with their cycle ride around Ipswich. Continue reading.
Kevin Beattie statue fund is boosted again by Fortuna Dusseldorf fans
Kevin Beattie statue fund is boosted again by Fortuna Dusseldorf fans. The fan friendship between Fortuna Dusseldorf and Ipswich Town continues to deepen – with yet another generous donation to the Kevin Beattie statue fund. Continue reading.
Scam utilities email and rogue fish sellers among latest consumer alerts
Scam utilities email and rogue fish sellers among latest consumer alerts. Be wary of scams, trading standards officers have warned - after a Suffolk resident received a convincing email claiming to be from a utility provider. Continue reading.
Suffolk sizzling! County braced for heatwave as temperatures set to hit 34C
Suffolk sizzling! County braced for heatwave as temperatures set to hit 34C. The school summer holidays are kicking off with a scorcher - with a week of hot weather coming to Suffolk and Essex.
Who can you spot partying in our latest Yates gallery?
Who can you spot partying in our latest Yates gallery? Have we caught you or a friend enjoying a Saturday night at Yates in our latest photo gallery? Continue reading.
Children get a Buzz from space-themed reading challenge party
Children get a Buzz from space-themed reading challenge party. A Suffolk library was buzzing with excitement as it held a Toy Story party to launch the annual summer reading challenge and celebrate its revamped children’s area. Continue reading.
Boxer Fabio Wardley and Town legend Titus Bramble to help ‘miracle’ child missing 20% of his brain
Boxer Fabio Wardley and Town legend Titus Bramble to help ‘miracle’ child missing 20% of his brain. Ipswich Town legend Titus Bramble and superstar boxer Fabio Wardley are backing a campaign to help a boy missing 20% of his brain seek specialist treatment. Continue reading.
New 3G pitch to be opened by Ipswich Town legends Burley and Butcher
New 3G pitch to be opened by Ipswich Town legends Burley and Butcher. A new 3G football pitch brought about by grants of nearly £500,000 will be opened by two of Ipswich Town’s most legendary players. Continue reading.
Suffolk businesses poised to win larger share of county’s £2bn public spend pot
Suffolk businesses poised to win larger share of county’s £2bn public spend pot. Suffolk firms are being given a helping hand to help them win a larger slice of the county’s sizeable £2bn worth of public sector spending. Continue reading.
A12 collision causes three-mile tailbacks
A12 collision causes three-mile tailbacks. A crash on the A12 is causing traffic chaos for commuters. Continue reading.
All the latest news in one place
All the latest news in one place. All the latest news, travel and weather in Suffolk and north Essex posted directly on our live blog. Continue reading.
School bus decisions won’t be made until the 11th hour, say concerned parents
School bus decisions won’t be made until the 11th hour, say concerned parents. Parents have raised fresh questions about controversial changes to school transport, as some families say they will not find out if their child has a solution until just days before school starts. Continue reading.
‘We will need more midwives,’ hospitals told
‘We will need more midwives,’ hospitals told. A midwife is to make an impassioned plea for hospitals to pay for more childbirth assistants in a bid to vastly improve babies’ and parents’ health. Continue reading.

Ipswich Buses: "handheld" buses?

Looking at real time positioning information. was very curious to see Service 12 registration plate "HANDHELD" go for a walkabout. So is this an enquiry office ticket machine? Has someone stole it? Is it a mobile phone or tablet from a member of management?
Investigation launched following serious sexual assault at Latitude
Investigation launched following serious sexual assault at Latitude. Police are investigating a report of a serious sexual assault at the Latitude Festival in Henham. Continue reading.
Did you go to Downing School in Ipswich in the 1970s?
Did you go to Downing School in Ipswich in the 1970s? Today we take a trip down memory lane to Downing School in 1977. Continue reading.
Missing Leiston man spotted on dash cam footage
Missing Leiston man spotted on dash cam footage. A missing man from Leiston has been spotted on dash cam footage after going missing from his family home. Continue reading.
Can you spot yourself at Great Run Local Southwold’s anniversary race?
Can you spot yourself at Great Run Local Southwold’s anniversary race? Amateur athletes laced up their running shoes to take part in a special race to mark the fifth anniversary of the Great Run Local Southwold. Continue reading.
Can you spot your family having fun at KidzFest?
Can you spot your family having fun at KidzFest? Children’s dreams came true at a family festival at Trinity Park in Ipswich over the weekend. Continue reading.
Two-car crash blocks residential road
Two-car crash blocks residential road. Police and ambulance crews are at the scene of a crash in St Andrew’s Road, Felixstowe. Continue reading.
Helicopters and drones fly over Sizewell in hunt for missing man
Helicopters and drones fly over Sizewell in hunt for missing man. Coastguard teams, police helicopters and a fire service drone have joined the search for Brian Nunn from Leiston, who has been missing since Friday. Continue reading.
Road closed over concerns for woman’s safety
Road closed over concerns for woman’s safety. Police have closed Vineyard Street in Colchester over concerns for the welfare of a woman. Continue reading.
Police return to scene of rape 24 hours after ‘horrendous attack’
Police return to scene of rape 24 hours after ‘horrendous attack’. Detectives investigating a rape in Ipswich have spoken to more than 200 people as part of checks carried out 24 hours after the attack. Continue reading.
David Ellesmere: More than 20 HMOs inspected over safety concerns
David Ellesmere: More than 20 HMOs inspected over safety concerns. There is a growing trend in Ipswich to extend standard three-bedroom homes and convert them into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), but the council are working to regulate these and ensure residents are not put in danger. Continue reading.
Breathtaking view of Suffolk coast shown in rare aerial photo
Breathtaking view of Suffolk coast shown in rare aerial photo. This stunning picture gives a jaw-dropping view of one of the most beautiful parts of the country – from thousands of feet in the air. Continue reading.
Police flood busy street after man attacked near library
Police flood busy street after man attacked near library. Emergency services – including police and ambulance crews – are at the scene of an assault in Haverhill. Continue reading.
Drink-drive arrest made after A14 crash
Drink-drive arrest made after A14 crash. Police have arrested a man on suspicion of drink driving in connection with a crash on the A14 near Beyton in Suffolk. Continue reading.
Your complete guide to the best Elmer-themed summer holiday day out ever
Your complete guide to the best Elmer-themed summer holiday day out ever. The summer holidays are right around the corner and many parents will be wracking their brains as to how to keep their little ones occupied during their time away from school. Continue reading.
Driver injured in A12 ‘hit and run’
Driver injured in A12 ‘hit and run’. A motorist was left with neck and back injuries after a suspected hit and run crash on the A12 in Essex. Continue reading.
How this father-of-three is sharing his PTSD recovery via Instagram
How this father-of-three is sharing his PTSD recovery via Instagram. For years Pc John Clarke thought he was invincible, policing the streets of Ipswich and dealing with fatal car crashes, stabbings and intercepting drug dealers. Continue reading.
Revealed – Dash-cams to be used to identify potholes and speed up repairs
Revealed – Dash-cams to be used to identify potholes and speed up repairs. Suffolk Highways has teamed up with a Finnish AI company on a pilot aiming to better assess the state of the county’s roads. Continue reading.
Relief as ‘absolutely essential’ bus service saved from axe
Relief as ‘absolutely essential’ bus service saved from axe. An under-threat bus route popular with schoolchildren and is no longer facing the axe under Suffolk County Council plans, it has emerged. Continue reading.
How animals are helping
How animals are helping. As a teacher and the mum of an autistic son, Georgina Hanser had clear views on how to help young adults with disabilities - and 18 months ago she launched a new project to do just that. Continue reading.

Police to increase patrols after ‘terrifying’ Ipswich rape

Police to increase patrols after ‘terrifying’ Ipswich rape. A ‘terrifying attack’ which saw an 18-year-old woman dragged into a car park and raped in Ipswich town centre has prompted Suffolk police to increase patrols in the area. .
Can you spot yourself at Stowmarket Carnival’s film themed parade?
Can you spot yourself at Stowmarket Carnival’s film themed parade? Some of cinema’s biggest stars have donned their best costumes to go down the red carpet as part of Stowmarket’s annual carnival. Continue reading.
Anger as ‘outrageous’ yellow lines ruin man’s view of countryside
Anger as ‘outrageous’ yellow lines ruin man’s view of countryside. An angry man on the Suffolk and Essex border has hit out at authorities as he says double-yellow lines are ruining the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Continue reading.
How to keep your property safe by using smart security systems this summer
How to keep your property safe by using smart security systems this summer. Holidaymakers with smart home security systems are being offered advice on how to best use the emerging technology to keep their Suffolk property safe. Continue reading.
Fire service to review its response to road traffic collisions
Fire service to review its response to road traffic collisions. Suffolk’s fire service is to review its response to road traffic collisions, it has been confirmed. Continue reading.
Where have all the thrushes gone?
Where have all the thrushes gone? Alarmed residents in Suffolk have voiced their concerns at the worryingly low number of songbirds spotted in the county this summer. Continue reading.
Two trapped in car after crash on busy Suffolk road
Two trapped in car after crash on busy Suffolk road. Two people are trapped in a car on a busy road in Suffolk following a two vehicle crash. Continue reading.
Road closed by police in search for missing Suffolk man
Road closed by police in search for missing Suffolk man. A road has been closed in a Suffolk town as part of the search for a missing man from Leiston. Continue reading.
Massive storm halts Latitude festival performances
Massive storm halts Latitude festival performances. Organisers of the Latitude Festival have paused performances on three of their main stages as a safety precaution, whilst a huge storm cloud hovers over Henham Park. Continue reading.
Can you help police find missing Steven Turner from Ipswich?
Can you help police find missing Steven Turner from Ipswich? Police are appealing for help in finding a missing 27-year-old man from Ipswich. Continue reading.
Two people trapped after A12 crash
Two people trapped after A12 crash. Firefighters and paramedics have helped to free two people who became trapped in their vehicle after a crash on the A12 in Essex. Continue reading.
See the route grandfather took before he was fatally attacked
See the route grandfather took before he was fatally attacked. Detectives investigating the murder of Ipswich grandfather Clive Wyard, who died after being found injured on his driveway, are appealing for information that may help catch his killer. Continue reading.
‘Outstanding’ health commissioners rated among best in country
‘Outstanding’ health commissioners rated among best in country. The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in east and west Suffolk have both been rated ‘outstanding’. Continue reading.
When Ipswich Celebrated like it’s 1919 to mark the end of the Great War
When Ipswich Celebrated like it’s 1919 to mark the end of the Great War. A century ago this weekend the country marked the return of peace. The Armistice which ended the First World War may have been signed on November 11 1918, but it was not until July the following year that peace formally returned.
Property of the week - See around this stunning £1.1m 7-bedroom Victorian home in Ipswich
Property of the week - See around this stunning £1. 1m 7-bedroom Victorian home in Ipswich. This classic seven-bedroom home close to Ipswich town centre could be yours - if you have £1.

Teenager raped by stranger in town centre car park

Teenager raped by stranger in town centre car park. An 18-year-old woman was dragged into a car park and raped in Ipswich town centre overnight, police believe. .
‘The fish are sad’ – Ipswich six-year-old sends letter to Boris and Jeremy over goldfish prizes
‘The fish are sad’ – Ipswich six-year-old sends letter to Boris and Jeremy over goldfish prizes. As Britain’s potential next leaders, they face never-ending demands to champion everything from Brexit, climate change and peace in the Middle East. But a letter from an Ipswich six-year-old calling for better treatment of goldfish appears to have caught the eye of both the UK’s next possible prime ministers.
Illness often leaves me ‘drained from just having breakfast’ – but I won’t let it beat me
Illness often leaves me ‘drained from just having breakfast’ – but I won’t let it beat me. Joanne Mahon, from Haverhill, who has the rare illness sarcoidosis, is urging others to take part in medical research after a clinical trial helped transform her life. Continue reading.
WATCH: Could you re-home Keith, Ron or Martino?
WATCH: Could you re-home Keith, Ron or Martino? Are you looking to brighten up your life with a new bird? The RSPCA in Martlesham are currently looking for homes for six Budgies, three Cockatiels and one Kakariki.
Six figure saving expected if council drops councillor numbers by 12
Six figure saving expected if council drops councillor numbers by 12. As many as 12 councillors could be lost at Suffolk County Council when the next local elections are held in 2021 in a bid to save more than £128,000 a year. Continue reading.
What impact are the millions of pheasants released each year having on native wildlife?
What impact are the millions of pheasants released each year having on native wildlife? Wildlife experts from the region say research into the effects of gamebirds is required. Continue reading.
Emergency services sent to A14 crash
Emergency services sent to A14 crash. One lane of the A14 westbound near Elmswell is shut this morning after a car left the carriageway. Continue reading.
‘Rumble of thunder’ to hit East Anglia today
‘Rumble of thunder’ to hit East Anglia today. Thunder and lightning could strike in Suffolk and north Essex today, weather forecasters are warning. Continue reading.
Wonder kid celebrated after never missing a day of school
Wonder kid celebrated after never missing a day of school. A Whitton Community Primary School pupil has been awarded by his head teacher after amazingly never missing a day at school. Continue reading.
Working to make housing developments places where wildlife can live too
Working to make housing developments places where wildlife can live too. An event held in Suffolk this week sought to encourage house builders and construction firms to factor nature into their plans from the start. Continue reading.

Today’s breaking news as it happens

Today’s breaking news as it happens. Welcome to the live news feed for this weekend, bringing you the latest travel, weather, fire and crime stories from across Suffolk and north Essex. .
Bullying allegation emerges within council Labour group
Bullying allegation emerges within council Labour group. A senior council group leader has publicly apologised to a Labour party colleague who had complained she had been bullied by her. Continue reading.
People banned from Cumberland Tower flat in Ipswich amid anti-social behaviour complaints
People banned from Cumberland Tower flat in Ipswich amid anti-social behaviour complaints. Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard that there had been a series of issues at the property in Cumberland Towers, Ipswich, including loud music being played, people entering the flat in the early hours and abusive behaviour. Continue reading.
Has your town or parish signed up to Suffolk DIY highways scheme?
Has your town or parish signed up to Suffolk DIY highways scheme? A scheme to enable volunteers to carry out low level highways work has already seen towns and parishes start work just weeks after being launched. Continue reading.
Urgent appeal to find missing 82-year-old
Urgent appeal to find missing 82-year-old. Can you help Suffolk police find missing Brian Nunn, from Leiston? Continue reading.
Charity expansion creates new jobs for care workers
Charity expansion creates new jobs for care workers. A Suffolk charity caring for people with brain injuries, strokes and neurological conditions is expanding its services into the Halesworth area. Continue reading.
‘Elmer Armstrong’ contest marks 50th anniversary of moon landing
‘Elmer Armstrong’ contest marks 50th anniversary of moon landing. Children are being encouraged to get creative by making a rocket out of rubbish – as part of a fun competition to mark 50 years since man first walked on the moon. Continue reading.
Ed Sheeran's No. 5 Collaborations Project: The album you might not know about
BBC News: Ed Sheeran's No. 5 Collaborations Project: The album you might not know about Released in 2011, we look back at Ed Sheeran's rap and grime EP the No. 5 Collaborations Project.
Essex council declares climate emergency
Essex council declares climate emergency. Politicians in Colchester have pledged to “jumpstart a revolution” in an effort to tackle climate change on a local level. Continue reading.
‘The crowd’s loving it’ – excitement builds at Latitude opening night
‘The crowd’s loving it’ – excitement builds at Latitude opening night. The atmosphere is “buzzing” at Latitude this evening as headliner George Ezra prepares to take to the main stage in front of thousands. Continue reading.
Your chance to hear an Elmer’s Big Parade song
Your chance to hear an Elmer’s Big Parade song. Tomorrow families in Ipswich have the chance to enjoy a free concert which is supporting the Inside Out charity and promoting Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk. Continue reading.

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