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A140 crane crash: Locals react to Earl Stonham accident

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A man who has had his garden wall smashed in a major lorry crane crash has called for improvements to be made on the A140.

The crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The 55-tonne truck smashed through two garden walls before rolling on its side and hitting a telegraph pole in Earl Stonham shortly after 2.30pm today – sparking hours of closures on the major road between Ipswich and Norwich.

Both occupants inside the truck were unhurt from the crash, which residents said made a “large bang” heard across the area.

Pictures from the scene showed debris spread across the road, while the truck has completely blocked both carriageways.

Two garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTwo garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Local resident Mike Peters, whose garden wall was hit by the truck, said the junction has been “an accident waiting to happen” for years.

Mr Peters said: “It is not the first time my wall has been damaged due to an accident – they have also hit my tree which is now leaning over.

“I had been out cutting my grass two hours earlier so it was a lucky escape.”

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Mr Peters added a speed camera at the junction had been out of action for several years, though the cause of today’s accident is unknown.

The extent of the road’s closure eventually spread from the junction with the A1120 until the junction with Needham Road.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One motorist caught up in the disruption on his drive home from work in Ipswich said he would like to see further safety measures added to the road to help prevent further accidents.

They said: “I think it goes to show how dangerous the A140 is as a road – that junction is known to be a bad junction and a nasty one at that – it isn’t the only one along there.

“Something needs to be done about the road as it is the main road connecting Norwich to Ipswich and it is pretty torrid.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I’m just glad no one was hurt.”

No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The road remains closed.


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New petrol station proposed for busy junction near A14

The proposed garage would be at the jucntion between the A14 and A140 Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The proposed garage would be at the jucntion between the A14 and A140 Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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Plans have been submitted to build a new petrol station, cafe and restaurant off the A14 near Needham Market – opposite a Shell garage that is set for a major revamp.

Documents submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council propose building a petrol filling station and store on Norwich Road on the roundabout at junction 51.

Vacant land near the junction has been earmarked for the proposed petrol station, which would be managed by EG Group through their Euro Garages arm.

As well as the station, there are also proposals to build a drive-thru cafe and a restaurant.

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EG Group say the planned development “will be complimentary to the existing, dated service facilities to the north of the junction”.

If planning permission is received, the complex could lead to the creation of more than 100 jobs, according to EG Group.

The plans come as the Shell garage on the same roundabout propose making significant changes to their site, including planning to halve the number of car filling points to six to make way for another HGV station.

Shell also plan to remove the existing kiosk, canopy, fuel tanks, pumps and jet wash to allow for the construction of a new sales building, forecourts, canopy and underground tanks and car parking spaces.

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Redevelopment of A14 petrol station could half number of fuel pumps

An application to redevelop the Shell petrol station in Needham Market, off the A14 has been submitted. Pictrue: GOOGLE MAPS

An application to redevelop the Shell petrol station in Needham Market, off the A14 has been submitted. Pictrue: GOOGLE MAPS

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A major redevelopment is planned for the Shell petrol station near the A14 and A140 which would see the number of car filling points halved.

According to plans submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning officers, major changes would be made to the filling station on the roundabout at junction 51 of the A14, near Needham Market.

The papers map out plans to remove the existing kiosk, canopy, fuel tanks, pumps and jet wash to allow for the construction of a new sales building, forecourts, canopy and underground tanks as well as more car parking.

As part of the development the number of car filling stations will be halved from 12 to six to accommodate another HGV station, increasing the number from two to three.

Despite the reduction of car fuelling stations, the application says the new arrangement will create a “starter gate” formation which will “allow for better throughput of cars and less congestion and meet the needs of the site”.

The canopy over the top of the petrol station is also due to be reduced to one “significantly smaller in size, bulk and scale”.

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On designs for the new sales unit, Shell say the new building will be “modern in design, with a glazed front elevation, providing a light and spacious internal environment for customers”.

They also say it will create a “valuable source of jobs” which will suitable for local residents – especially those looking for flexible hours.

A14 petrol station to become more HGV-friendly in major revamp

An application to redevelop the Shell petrol station in Needham Market, off the A14 has been submitted. Pictrue: GOOGLE MAPS

An application to redevelop the Shell petrol station in Needham Market, off the A14 has been submitted. Pictrue: GOOGLE MAPS

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A major redevelopment is planned for the Shell petrol station near the A14 and A140 which would see the number of car filling points halved.

According to plans submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning officers, major changes would be made to the filling station on the roundabout at junction 51 of the A14, near Needham Market.

The papers map out plans to remove the existing kiosk, canopy, fuel tanks, pumps and jet wash to allow for the construction of a new sales building, forecourts, canopy and underground tanks as well as more car parking.

As part of the development the number of car filling stations will be halved from 12 to six to accommodate another HGV station, increasing the number from two to three.

Despite the reduction of car fuelling stations, the application says the new arrangement will create a “starter gate” formation which will “allow for better throughput of cars and less congestion and meet the needs of the site”.

The canopy over the top of the petrol station is also due to be reduced to one “significantly smaller in size, bulk and scale”.

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On designs for the new sales unit, Shell say the new building will be “modern in design, with a glazed front elevation, providing a light and spacious internal environment for customers”.

They also say it will create a “valuable source of jobs” which will suitable for local residents – especially those looking for flexible hours.

Traffic chaos on A14 after broken down truck blocks lane

Traffic is building on the A14 due to a broken down truck on the westbound carriageway at Needham Market. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

Traffic is building on the A14 due to a broken down truck on the westbound carriageway at Needham Market. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

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A tow truck carrying a car which broke down on the A14 has now been cleared, but delays remain on the busy road.

Suffolk police were called at 3.34pm today to reports of a truck with a blown out tyre which became stuck on the inside lane on the westbound carriageway of the busy road shortly, before junction 51 at Needham Market.

The vehicle has now been moved onto a slip road however cars are queuing back with delays of more than 15 minutes reported.

A second broken down vehicle is also causing problems at junction 58 between the A14 and the A12.

The articulated lorry became stuck on the roundabout between the two busy roads and Felixstowe Road.

Traffic is now building in the area, especially on Felixstowe Road leaving Ipswich and officers are again warning of delays while they wait for recovery to arrive.

They warn that it may still take some time.

Daniel Saunders' murderer among those jailed in Suffolk this week

Kieran Hayward, who was convicted of murdering Daniel Saunders and jailed for life Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Kieran Hayward, who was convicted of murdering Daniel Saunders and jailed for life Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

A teenage murderer, a man who poured petrol over his neighbour to set her on fire and a pair who brutally attacked a woman outside a pub were jailed in Suffolk this week.

From L-R, Kieran Hayward who was convicted of murdering Daniel Saunders and jailed for life. Benjamin Gosbell, Arjun Jadeja and Kieran Elliott who were all convicted of assisting an offender. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYFrom L-R, Kieran Hayward who was convicted of murdering Daniel Saunders and jailed for life. Benjamin Gosbell, Arjun Jadeja and Kieran Elliott who were all convicted of assisting an offender. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Teenager jailed for murder

Kieran Hayward, 17, of Hasted Close, Bury St Edmunds, will serve at least 19 years of a life sentence for the murder of father-of-two Daniel Saunders.

He appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on October 7, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment, while three others were jailed for assisting him.

Mr Saunders, 32 and originally from Surrey, was attacked in Turin Street, Ipswich, on December 16 and died at the scene of the incident.

Judge Martyn Levett described the fatal stabbing of Mr Saunders as a drug-related “revenge attack” because he was suspected of robbing a drug runner.

He said that following the attack Hayward had been unremorseful and had jokingly re-enacted the stabbing to friends and mimicked Mr Saunders begging for drugs as he killed him.

Four other defendants denied assisting Hayward between December 16 and December 20 by disposing of his clothing and harbouring him at a caravan park but were found guilty.

Arjun Jadeja, 18, of The Nook, Wivenhoe; Benjamin Gosbell, 21, of Gratian Close, Highwoods, Colchester and Kieran Elliott, 17, Stanford Close, Colchester, received custodial sentences.

Raymond Hogg was jailed for 52 months at Ipswich Crown Court Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYRaymond Hogg was jailed for 52 months at Ipswich Crown Court Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Judge Levett said they had acted as a team following the stabbing to protect Hayward as loyal members of a drug syndicate. Jadeja was sentenced to 30 months detention in a young offenders’ institution in his absence, Elliott was sentenced to an 18-month detention and training order and Gosbell was jailed for 30 months. A fourth defendant, Olusola Durojaiye, 34, of Appleton Mews, Colchester, was not jailed. He given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, 250 hours unpaid work and a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Lorry driver jailed for using phone at the wheel before fatal crash

Raymond Hogg, 69, of Bridge Street, Needham Market, was travelling at around 50mph when his lorry collided with queuing traffic near Washbrook, on the approach to the Copdock junction, last April, a court heard this week.

Dash-cam footage showed traffic was visible for 14 seconds from the cab of Hogg’s Volvo lorry before it collided with the back of Amanda Snowling’s red Mazda 6 – setting off a chain of collisions involving three other cars and another lorry.

Investigators found Hogg’s phone was in almost continuous use for more than 20 minutes prior to the collision and no evidence he applied the brakes as his truck approached traffic.

Hogg was sentenced to 52 months’ custody and a five-year ban from driving. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving.

Andrew Hay and Fay Clerkin were jailed for 16 months for attacking a woman, in front of her nine-year-old child, in the beer garden of a Suffolk pub Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYAndrew Hay and Fay Clerkin were jailed for 16 months for attacking a woman, in front of her nine-year-old child, in the beer garden of a Suffolk pub Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Ex-couple jailed for beating a woman unconscious outside Haverhill pub

Andrew Hay and Fay Clerkin were sentenced to 16 months’ custody at Ipswich Crown Court for causing grievous bodily harm in Haverhill last summer.

The court heard how Hay, of Pheasant Close, Thurston, and Clerkin, of Millfields Way, Haverhill, punched, kicked, stamped and spat on their victim in front of her nine-year-old son.

The pair had previously been convicted of battery following a fight at a pub in February 2017.

Judge Martyn Levett said the victim was sitting in the beer garden with her son, “minding her own business; not causing any trouble whatsoever”, when approached by Clerkin, pointing her finger and getting in her personal space.

“They were met with a tirade of abuse about who your family were. I have no idea what that could mean; other than that you are an unpleasant person.

“The time has come for you both to be told a custodial sentence is justified and necessary.”

Alan Day, of Barkstead Road, Colchester, who has been jailed for 30 months after admitting aggravated burglaryAlan Day, of Barkstead Road, Colchester, who has been jailed for 30 months after admitting aggravated burglary

Colchester man jailed for pouring petrol over woman and trying to set her alight

Alan Day, who had been assaulted shortly before, walked into a neighbour’s house in Barkstead Road, Colchester, after getting a can of petrol from his garden shed and poured it over Charlene Collins.

He then tried to spark a lighter but was unsuccessful and Ms Collins had run out into the garden to get away from him, said Charles Kellett, prosecuting.

The police were called after he smashed a door and when officers arrived he was seen holding a lump hammer.

Day, 48, admitted aggravated burglary on July 8 last year.

Jailing him for 30 months at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge David Goodin described the incident as “absolutely terrifying” for Ms Collins but said he accepted the circumstances surrounding it were exceptional.

He said that Day had been the victim of a significant assault on the night in question and no-one had been brought to justice for it.

Shauna Ritchie, for Day, said he had acted totally out of character and had appeared “punch drunk” after a violent assault which had left him unconscious in the street.

She said Day wasn’t a violent man and was sad and remorseful about the incident of which he had no memory.