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SuffolkNews Podcast: Trimley St Martin woman left 'traumatised' following alleged needle spiking incident in Ipswich bar, major diversion route planned on A14 and recovering drug addict who was sleeping rough praises West Suffolk Council service



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In today's podcast, we have the story of a woman who needed medical treatment after allegedly being spiked with a needle in an Ipswich bar speaking out about her fear following the experience.

Chloe Ward, of Trimley St Martin, was on a night out at Revolution bar on Saturday when she became unwell and collapsed. She later found what she believes to be a puncture mark from an injection on her hip.

Now, Chloe wants to spread awareness of how instances of spiking do happen in the county.

The A14 eastbound between Impington and Bury St Edmunds is set to close for around three weeks later this month.

The planned closures will take place between November 8 and December 4 from 9pm to 6am.

A recovering drug addict who was in and out of jail and sleeping rough on the streets says he has turned his life around thanks to a council support service.

Kane, not his real name, started taking drugs aged 15 and his life spiralled into addiction, prison and homelessness, but now in his 40s, he is clean and housed, which he credits to West Suffolk Council's house service.

And finally, after a 'rollercoaster' 33 years of service, a Suffolk fireman has decided to hang up his helmet and retire.

Paul Spearman, of Stansfield, joined the force on his 21st birthday after being persuaded by uncle Keith, a sub-officer at Wickhambrook Fire Station.

The 53-year-old completed his final shift on October 28, and was joined by his family and colleagues in celebrating the landmark.

Paul said his career had been an 'absolutely fantastic experience'.

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