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SuffolkNews Podcast: Hengrave family 'starting again from scratch' after devastating thatched cottage fire

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First on the podcast today and a family who lost their home in a devastating fire have described people’s kindness as ‘incredible’ as they start again from scratch.

More than £4,000 has so far been raised for Claire and Sean Pickering and their 11-year-old son Spyke whose Hengrave home was largely destroyed in a huge blaze at the historic thatched cottage last month.

Relatives have launched a crowdfunding page to help them replace their belongings as they have lost everything, bar a few special items, in the fire.

Next and there’s been a huge emergency response to a fire in Ipswich today.

At least 16 fire crews responded to the blaze in a flat on Carr Street just after midday.

Surrounding shops were closed and some nearby streets were blocked off while the emergency response was ongoing.

The fire has since been put out and the operation is set to be scaled down throughout this afternoon.

That’s not the only incident that’s kept our blue light services busy today, as emergency crews were sent to a premises in Haverhill this morning, where three people were trapped under a cherry picker.

Firefighters were called to help the ambulance service in Iceni Way after reports that three individuals were trapped underneath a scissor lift that fell on its side at about 9.40am.

A spokesperson for the ambulance service said the three people had been injured in the incident and were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

Elsewhere and Labour enjoyed a good night at the local elections for Ipswich Borough Council, taking two seats from the Conservatives.

And finally, several Suffolk holiday homes have been named amongst the winners of a national award.

The Visit England Rose awards recognise establishments that deliver ‘outstanding experiences’ to their customers regardless of star-rating.

Also on the site, check out our photos from a decade ago when servicemen and women received a warm welcome at RAF Honington as they returned home from a tour of Afghanistan.