News in Felixstowe

Just two weeks away from being able to meet friends and family outdoors, Suffolk County Council is encouraging residents to explore more of the beautiful countryside on their doorstep through its Quiet Lanes initiative.

As we move into spring, we are all keen to get outside and make the most of the weather. Quiet Lanes is a nationally recognised designation for narrow, rural roads which can be shared with walkers, horse riders, cyclists and other road users. It encourages drivers to take their time when they see the Quiet Lanes sign, so we can all enjoy rural lanes with greater safety.

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Felixstowe schools are today being encouraged to nominate youngsters for the new Suffolk HOPE Awards which are being launched by Suffolk Constabulary, in partnership with Suffolk County Council.

Launched off the back of National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October last year, the aim of the Hope Awards is to recognise and celebrate the positive contributions that young people make within the county.

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A leading Felixstowe will be among the guest speakers at a free online event, which will take place later this month to explore how we can all work together to preserve and enhance biodiversity in East Suffolk.

Dr Adrian Cooper from Felixstowe Community Nature Reserve will add his expertise and knowledge to a panel talking about local and regional initiatives to help nature, as well as provide an opportunity to share what is already being done in local communities to preserve and enhance biodiversity.

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Suffolk police have warned hare coursers operating on the countryside around the Felixstowe peninsula that they face having their vehicles crushed, dogs seized and being hit with £5,000 fines.

Hare coursing is a blood-sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares. It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles until the court hearing. Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831.

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