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A weekly roundup of the top news stories in Suffolk

A weekly roundup of the top news stories in Suffolk


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A weekly roundup of the top news stories in Suffolk




Podcast: Villagers unhappy as plans submitted for KFC and Starbucks to join soon-to-be-built McDonalds

On today's podcast, hear what villagers think about plans for a KFC and Starbucks next to a soon-to-be build McDonalds on the Suffolk border. We've got details you need to know about roadworks if you're due to use the A14 from next week. A trader's been in court following a complaint about a mouldy cheese scone. There's congratulations for an independent book store and a Tesco worker's blog goes viral. Plus we hear from the new manager of Ipswich Town.


Podcast: Former Suffolk hotel to get new lease of life

A former hotel in Bury St Edmunds that has been closed for 25 years is set to get a new lease of life. We get reaction to the Prime Minister's plan to ease lockdown. Hear about a major housing development that's been given the go ahead. Plus a Mildenhall woman is celebrating after scooping a whopping £30,000 on the Postcode Lottery. And, for the final time, we catch up with Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler ahead of their game this weekend.


Podcast: Police to take no action after hundreds break Covid restrictions to attend funeral

Police will not take action on the hundreds of people who attended a funeral and broke Covid-19 rules. Also in the podcast, hear about the ex-farmer raising awareness of poor mental health in the agricultural industry. And, the Game of Thrones stars trying to keep people from snooping around their home.


Podcast: End of an era for Topshop staff, snow covers Suffolk and Ed Sheeran's art to raise money for charity

In today's podcast hear from the manager of a Topshop store that's closed its doors for the final time. The man in charge of public health in Suffolk is urging workers who can't do their job from home to have Covid tests every few days. Snow has been causing disruption across the county this week. And, Ed Sheeran is helping a local charity raise money. He's donated one of his artworks to a prize draw. Plus, we catch up with Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler.


Podcast: Hundreds attend Newmarket burial despite Covid restrictions

Hundreds of people have turned up for a burial in Newmarket despite Covid restrictions. While just 30 attended the funeral in the week, police have confirmed they are now investigating after many more went along to a cemetery. Also in today's podcast, we speak about the huge rise in dog thefts in Suffolk, find out how much Ed Sheeran's paid in tax and the shortlists of names for two pubs. Plus, Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler shares his thoughts ahead of this weekend's game.


Podcast: Suffolk schools won't reopen until at least March 8

It's been confirmed this week schools in Suffolk won't reopen until at least March 8, but one academy boss thinks it could be much later. We reflect on sad news that two major Debenhams stores will be closing, but the future of one Suffolk town centre is sounding positive despite lockdown. We've got details of a new Pony Academy setting up in Newmarket and a restaurant getting a Michelin star. And, Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler joins us to share his latest thoughts on the club.


Podcast: Critical worker bubbles at Bury St Edmunds school forced to close

Two critical worker bubbles at a school in Bury St Edmunds have had to close after pupils continued to attend despite living with someone who'd tested positive for Covid-19. West Suffolk MP and health secretary Matt Hancock is working from home after being 'pinged' by the NHS test and trace app. Suffolk's going to get a starring role on Netflix - we chat about new film The Dig. And Joey Sadler looks ahead to Ipswich Town's game this weekend.


Podcast: Covid deaths in Suffolk reach 1,000 as residents are reminded to act as if they have the virus

A grim milestone has been reached this week as it's revealed 1,000 people have now died in Suffolk after contracting Covid-19. Hear from the county's public health boss. As the vaccine rollout continues, help is being made available so the elderly and vulnerable can get to appointments. We hear about the Suffolk pubs changing their names and pay tribute to an amazing lady who's died aged 103. Plus Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler has the latest ahead of this weekend's game.


Podcast: Covid vaccine rollout under way in Suffolk

Facilities have been made available across Suffolk to administer the Covid vaccine. In today's podcast, hear about the hospitals giving out the jab and the vaccination hubs that have been set up. Also, West Suffolk MP and health secretary Matt Hancock talks about the timing of Lockdown 3. Plus we catch up with Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler as they look to return to action after almost a month without a game.


Podcast: Suffolk to remain in Tier 2 as vaccine roll out begins across the county

Suffolk will remain in Tier 2 over Christmas and New Year. West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has been speaking in the commons this week - hear what he had to say. The roll out of the coronavirus vaccine has also been taking place in the county. Also in today's podcast, find out why changes to parking arrangements have left a war veteran furious. We've got details of a restaurant moving into a former Newmarket cinema and fan Joey Sadler has the latest on Ipswich Town.


Podcast: Hospital site revealed, work by mystery artist goes up for auction and the latest on Ipswich Town

Hear a round up of this week's top stories from the team at, including... The site of the new West Suffolk Hospital has been revealed. A Newmarket restaurant has been plagued with abuse and vandalism. Work by a mystery artist is going under the hammer to raise much needed funds for zoos. A bit of Hollywood has come to the county. And, Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler looks ahead to this weekend's game.


Podcast: Suffolk hit by unexpected snow

In today's podcast, hear about the disruption caused by unexpected snow that fell in Suffolk in the early hours. Shoppers have been out in force after lockdown - much to the delight of local traders. The NSPCC have released some stark figures on child cruelty in the county as they launch their Christmas campaign. Endurance athlete Ben sets off on an epic challenge to run a marathon every day in December. Plus we hear from Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler who's not too happy.


Podcast: Suffolk will be in Tier 2 after lockdown

In today's podcast, hear from West Suffolk MP and health secretary Matt Hancock as it's confirmed the county will be in Tier 2 after lockdown. Holiday park owners speak of their devastation after a break-in. Griff Rhys Jones gets ready to auction off his own coffin for charity. And, are Paul Lambert's days at Ipswich Town numbered? Fan Joey Sadler has his say.


Podcast: Pub row, MPs branded 'children' and a new face in The Crown

A row has broken out about the future of a Suffolk pub - the owners want to turn it into a house but regulars aren't happy. Also in the podcast, why a Travelodge in Bury St Edmunds will soon be a Premier Inn. Mildenhall Hub starts to take shape, why Jo Churchill branded other MPs 'children' in the commons and the Haverhill actor taking on the role of Prince Andrew in The Crown.


Podcast: Systemic failures and neglect in hospital care led to anorexic teenager Averil Hart's death

An inquest has concluded that systemic failures and neglect in hospital care led to the death of teenager from Sudbury who was suffering from anorexia. Rhoda Morrison has been speaking to Averil Hart's dad following the inquest. Also, how Bury St Edmund's Christmas tree was brought crashing down, a happy ending for Ernie and the show goes on for Haverhill students.


Podcast: Lockdown 2 gets underway and woman's incredible swimming challenge during breast cancer battle

The second national lockdown to try and reduce the spread of coronavirus is underway - find out what Suffolk MPs, the police, bar owners and business bosses have had to say about it. You can also hear from an incredible lady from Woodbridge who has raised thousands for charity while waiting for cancer treatment. Plus we look ahead to a big weekend in the FA Cup for Ipswich Town.


Podcast: The renovation uncovering a surprising history and the businesses feeding children this half term

Hear about the fascinating history unearthed by builders during a town house renovation, and the former teacher inspired by her students to open an eco-friendly shop. Also in the podcast, a local coronavirus alert has been issued for a Bury St Edmunds estate, which has recorded the highest number of new cases out of all Suffolk neighbourhoods.


Podcast: Tributes paid to Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin who has died five years after being attacked following a game in Essex

Tributes have been paid to Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall who's died five years after being attacked following a football game. Rebekah Chilvers joins Nicola Everett on the podcast and reveals what police have said about their investigation. Also in today's episode, new data shows how many children have had to isolate because of coronavirus cases in Suffolk schools. Ed Sheeran's mum and dad support major fundraiser and the TikTok video or a US airwoman that's gone viral.


Podcast: Health secretary Matt Hancock on Covid situation in Suffolk as three-tier lockdown strategy is introduced

Health secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has been speaking to the SuffolkNews Podcast about the current Covid situation in the county. It comes as the new three-tier strategy, designed to reduce the spread of infection, comes into force. Also in the podcast, an update on what could happen to the old Palmers department store in Bury St Edmunds and Joey Sadler has the latest ahead of Ipswich Town's game this weekend.


Podcast: Anger from bar bosses over 10pm curfew and Suffolk is put on 'covid watch list'

Pub and bar bosses in part of Suffolk have been reacting angrily to the 10pm curfew put in place to try and stop a rise in coronavirus cases. We've been speaking to some in Bury St Edmunds who say it's damaging their businesses and they've even had to lay off staff. However, it comes as the county is placed on a 'watch list' by Public Health England following a rise in cases of Covid-19.