Work has officially started at ‘The Ness’ - the most easterly park in the UK.
The site of the park, next to Birds Eye on Whapload Road in Lowestoft, will be regenerated with £1m that was secured from the Coastal Community Fund.
‘The Ness’ is being delivered through a working partnership between Lowestoft Town Council, East Suffolk Council and Concertus Design and Property Consultants.
Celebrating Lowestoft’s maritime heritage - ‘The Ness’ will feature a picnic and play area, a bespoke bridge to the sea wall, as well as interactive and educational information.
The Suffolk site, which will be sensitively landscaped to protect the area’s unique flora and fauna, also includes the seafront walkway and the most easterly point in the UK - Ness Point.
An official ‘sod-turning’ event has been held to mark the beginning of the works and are expected to be complete by early summer.
‘The Ness’ sits within the boundary of the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone, which will bring further funding to the area to uplift North Lowestoft - through heritage led regeneration.
Police have charged two people in connection with drug offences in Leiston.
Officers arrested two men in the Arnhem Road area of the Suffolk town on Friday 24 January, which followed an incident where a Toyota Yarris failed to stop for police.
The suspects decamped from the car and made off on foot but were arrested by police shortly afterwards.
Following a search, police recovered around 120 wraps of suspected class A drugs believed to be heroin and cocaine. This is estimated to have a street value of around £1200. Around £1500 in cash and a four mobile phones were also recovered.
A 21 year old was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and on suspicion of dangerous driving. Meanwhile, a 26 year old was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. Both were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Both have appeared before Ipswich magistrates’ court and were both remanded to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on Monday 24 February.
A new trial is underway to help people living in rented properties in East Suffolk, who may be struggling with hoarding.
East Suffolk Council has been awarded Government funding to trial an innovative approach for housing tenants - who may be hoarding items in their homes and neglecting their health and wellbeing.
Working in partnership with Lofty Heights, Access Community Trust and Flagship Housing, the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team will work with tenants and landlords to address poor housing standards in properties, where the tenant is showing signs of hoarding and self-neglect.
It is estimated that between 2 and 5% of the UK population has a hoarding disorder - and that up to 1,000 rented homes in East Suffolk could be affected.
As well as supporting vulnerable residents, Access Community Trust will also operate a fortnightly ‘Tenant Tuesday Café’, providing a safe space for tenants in need of further support. Training will also be available in Lowestoft and Saxmundham for landlords who want to learn more about supporting vulnerable tenants, such as those leaving care.
A 59-year-old man has been jailed for over 13 years - after attempting to murder his wife at their home in Lowestoft last year.
Stephen Crush, of Victoria Road, has appeared before Ipswich Crown Court, where he was sentenced to 13 and a half years’ imprisonment.
Police were called by Crush himself late in the evening on Monday 9th September, when he informed the call taker that he had hit his wife with a hammer at their home in Victoria Road and he thought she may have died.
On arrival at the premises, officers discovered 39-year-old Sarah Crush inside the kitchen with a serious head injury. She was transported to Addenbrooke’s Hospital via air ambulance where she remained for several weeks, before subsequently being transferred to another hospital where she continues to receive treatment for her injuries.
Stephen Crush was arrested at the scene and charged the following day. The medical reports showed that the victim had sustained at least three blows to the head with a lump hammer.
The court also heard that Crush had a previous conviction for assaulting his wife in 2007.
Anyone with concerns regarding domestic violence - for example involving a friend or loved one - and who needs any help or advice, can contact Suffolk police by dialling 101, or calling the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247.
However, if you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or a crime is in progress, always call the police on 999.
A 49 year old man has been sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to a firearms incident in Bungay.
Matthew Prettyman from Halesworth appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 28 January, after pleading guilty to the possession of an imitation firearm - with intent to cause fear or violence at an earlier hearing in October.
It follows an incident in Bungay last summer, when police officers searched for Pettyman’s vehicle and officers were deployed to Mountbatten Road in Bungay
After making attempts to negotiate with him, officers noticed he was holding a firearm which was pointed out of the car window towards officers - which Prettyman went on to throw out of the driver’s door onto the pavement.
Officers then approached Prettyman’s vehicle with a ballistic shield and arrested him on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.
DC Andrew Thawley of Lowestoft CID added that another officer at the scene, said that during this incident, it was the closest he had come to discharging his firearm in 10 years of service as an armed officer.
Following on from last year's highly successful and 45th Grand Henham Steam Rally last September - a very impressive total £60,000 has been raised - and presented to local charities.
Helen Walker presented cheques to the three beneficiaries, those being: Wangford & District Community Council, Southwold Lions Club and the Church Councils of Sotherton, Wangford cum Henham and Uggeshall.
Meanwhile, other recipients were the Rally’s three chosen charities for 2019: Lowestoft Samaritans, the National Trust Dunwich Heath and Beccles and District Guides.
This month’s presentation event, was also an opportunity for the organising committee to say thank you to the many volunteers who make Henham Steam Rally possible.
Dates for the 2020 and 46th Henham Steam Rally have been confirmed as the 19th and 20th September - so make a note in the diary.
Parking patrols in Suffolk will soon be managed by district and borough councils, in a bid to improve parking locally and drive down nuisance and unlawful parking in towns and villages across Suffolk.
Traditionally, roadside parking offences were a matter for the police. However, Suffolk County Council says that parking has become a lower priority for them, so they are transferring this responsibility to local district and borough councils - under a process known as civil parking enforcement, or CPE.
Councils already manage public car parks in many of our towns and villages and Suffolk Constabulary is supportive of the move, and they say the transfer of responsibilities will enable the Police to spend additional time on keeping communities safe and arresting and bringing offenders to justice.
The change of these parking responsibilities is due to take place from the 6th April 2020.
he 2020 World Indoor Bowls Championships are now underway here in the Suffolk area - at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Hopton.
From now until the 26th, the tournament will continue and feature the world's top players, as they battle for the sport's major honours.
The event is the highlight of the indoor bowls calendar - and this is the 22nd year that the very best players from around the world, along with up and coming bowls stars - will descend on the east coast - and appear at the eleven hundred seat International Area at Potter’s.
You can keep up to date with the latest action from this year’s World Indoor Bowls Championships online by going to: pottersholidays.com/worldbowls
Beales, one of the countries oldest department store chains, has gone into administration, putting jobs here in east Suffolk at risk.
The company has a store in Beccles - and is also the owner of Palmers in Lowestoft and has had specialists appointed from KPMG, to oversee the administration process.
The news follows weeks of speculation and also comes after what has been described as a "disappointing" period of Christmas trading.
This combined with the difficult retail environment - with high rents, has also blamed for the downfall of the department store.
Bournemouth based Beales said that gift vouchers, customers deposits, refunds and returns, will continue to be honoured.
it has been reported that a slimmed-down version of Beales could yet emerge from the administration process.
Planning permission for the construction of flood defences, which will reduce the risk of tidal flooding for people and properties in Lowestoft, has been granted.
Earlier this month, East Suffolk Council's north planning committee, approved two applications; one for tidal flood walls around the Outer Harbour and another for Listed Building Consent - this relating to alterations required to the site of the Grade II listed Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club as part of the works.
The flood walls will run around the Yacht Club and South Pier, with glass tops to allow unrestricted views across the yacht basin and from the Yacht Club building. Solid walls will be built around the north of the harbour, north of the Hamilton Dock basin and to the south of Hamilton Road.
The flood walls are part of the wider Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, which will also see construction of flood walls and a pumping station to reduce the risk of flooding from the river and from extreme rainfall.