PUBLISHED: 17:56 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 05 April 2018 Stowmarket Recreation Ground. Picture: MATT REASON Archant A second person has been arrested following an alleged rape in Stowmarket at the weekend. A 45-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of rape and taken to Bury St Edmunds Investigation Centre for questioning. The victim – a 19-year-old woman – reported to officers that she was raped around 2am on Easter Sunday in the vicinity of the Recreation Ground. She is currently being supported by specialist officers as detectives continue their investigation, including forensic and CCTV work. A 26-year-old man, who was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of rape, has been released under investigation. Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of the Recreation Ground between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday morning, and who may have any information relating to this incident, to contact them. Calls should be made … [Read more...] about Ipswich man is second person arrested following alleged Stowmarket rape
PUBLISHED: 11:04 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 05 April 2018 Paul Geater A model of The Hold that is due to open at the end of next year. Picture: SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL Archant Suffolk is to get a new £20m records office and heritage centre after winning more than £10m from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project. Artist's impression of The Hold, the new Suffolk Records' Office for Ipswich. Picture: SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL The Hold will be built in Ipswich on part of the University of Suffolk campus near the Waterfront area – and the lottery grant of £10.3m has now been confirmed. However the scheme is not without its critics – the Ipswich Society described the proposed development as “a mundane series of boxes” when the county council gave planning permission earlier this year. The county council says The Hold will offer a bespoke home for the majority of Suffolk’s unique archival collections, as well as public facilities and … [Read more...] about National Lottery grants £10m to build The Hold heritage centre in Ipswich
Opinion PUBLISHED: 06:00 05 April 2018 Paul Geater Lord Kennedy (centre) campaigning with Labour Party members on a very wet Bank Holiday Monday. Picture: IPSWICH LABOUR PARTY Archant Easter has come and gone and suddenly we are caught up in the election season (well, those of us lucky enough to live in Ipswich or Colchester are). Politicians will be back at Ipswich Corn Exchange for the election count next month. Picture : RICHARD MARSHAM RMG PHOTOGRAPHY And for the first time in four years we actually have a fairly low-key election season. There are only the two boroughs in this area where there are elections – and there are no distractions from general elections, an EU referendum, or a police and crime commissioner election. That doesn’t make it boring – although it does mean that few people will be paying much attention to elections in this part of the world. The battles will be concentrated on the London boroughs where Labour thinks it will do well and … [Read more...] about Will national politics intrude on the elections in Ipswich and Colchester?
PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 April 2018 Stuart Watson Tony Mowbray has Blackburn Rovers in the thick of a League One promotion push. Photo: PA PA Archive/PA Images Ipswich Town legend George Burley believes the club should do everything they can to appoint Tony Mowbray as the next manager and balks at the suggestion a limited budget should mean limited ambition. Mowbray's Blackburn are in the thick of the League One promotion race. Picture: PA The Blues announced last week that Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor would be leaving the club when their contracts expire this summer, ending a five-and-a-half year era. Mowbray is currently in charge of a Blackburn Rovers side battling for automatic promotion in League One. The 54-year-old has previously been in the hot seat at Hibernian, West Brom, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry, with fellow ex-Town defender Mark Venus having been his right-hand man throughout. “If you asking me who I would say, I would say go and get Tony … [Read more...] about ‘Go and get Mowbray’ – Burley’s message to Ipswich Town
Opinion PUBLISHED: 06:14 15 February 2018 Paul Geater Part of Ipswich market has relocated to Queens Street. Picture - but the customers have not followed it: GREGG BROWN In case you’ve missed my columns of the last few weeks, I’m in favour of the changes that are currently under way at the Cornhill in Ipswich – and I feel many of the critics are misinformed and should have raised their objections years ago. Ipswich market has moved to Princes Street as work begins on Cornhill. Picture: GREGG BROWN But I do understand the concern felt by some of the market traders about falling trade – especially the food stalls in Queen Street – and it is clear that the borough council needs to look long and hard at what it can do to ease the problems. The problem with Queen Street is difficult to solve – but there must be more thought given to making it more accessible to shoppers. The key issue is that there is not room to have stalls at the top of Queen … [Read more...] about Market traders’ concerns need to be taken seriously by Ipswich Council