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In today's podcast we have the news about a 67-year-old Lowestoft man who was caught with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine in his car has been jailed for three years.

Peter Bartram, of Gondree, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, and possession of criminal property at an earlier hearing.

It came after an incident on September 14th, when officers searched Bartram's car on the A14 in Newmarket, recovering two blocks of cocaine, totalling two kilograms, with a street value in the region of £160,000 to £200,000.

A 109-year-old company based in Mildenhall is set to close after the devastating impact of the pandemic.

Bussens and Parkin, which specialises in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms and is also a builder’s merchant, has been based in the town since 1912.

The business, which employs 15 people, has been in administration for about a week and, if no buyer is found, it will shut in the next few weeks.

Owner Ken Thompson said they have struggled after being closed for seven months during the pandemic and due to 'bad debts' caused by some customers not paying.

And finally, Tributes have been paid to Peter Rossdale, a giant in the world of equine vetrinary science, who died on Friday.

Dr Rossdale, who was 94, was one of the most respected equine vets in the world, having established his Newmarket practice, Rossdale and Partners, in 1959.

Today it employs more than 50 veterinarians and has a world-acclaimed equine hospital and he has left and ongoing legacy in the town.

As the day before his death the practice opened a new £1.9 million laboratory and staff facilities at its Beaufort Cottage site.