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Ipswich Town: Huws keen on Blues move

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy's revealed Emyr Huws (pictured right) is interested in turning his loan deal into a permanent one at Portman Road.

Cameron Jerome and Emyr Huws
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The Cardiff City midfielder scored his second Blues goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Brentford .

"I don't think Emyr fits, in terms of Neil [Warnock, Cardiff manager]," said McCarthy. 

"I've asked him and he said he'd be delighted to join us, so that's for another day.

"We can't do anything about it now anyway, but at least for my planning I'd like to know if he's enjoying it... would he like to join if they want to release him?

"But he's enjoying himself and says he'd love to come."

Ryman League: Needham come back to edge seven-goal thriller

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Saturday's match of the day in the Ryman Premier Division came at Tonbridge, where Needham Market came from 3-1 down to win 4-3, and move up to third place in the table.

Ryman League football
Ryman League

Leiston's miserable run continued as they suffered a fifth straight defeat, losing 2-1 at Hendon.

Lowestoft Town and AFC Sudbury both enjoyed 3-1 wins against Burgess Hill and Folkestone respectively. 

In the Ryman North Division, Bury Town lost 3-0 at Haringey Borough.

Rugby union: Bury stop the rot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds secured a much-needed 33-28 win at home to Exmouth on Saturday.

Sam Sterling
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

It was the Wolf Pack's first victory in seven matches and only their second since November.

The result leaves them 11th in National League Two South , ahead of this weekend's trip to fellow strugglers Barnes.

McCarthy disappointed by 'worst performance for six games'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy was as honest as ever with his post-match assessment of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Brentford at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy
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"Not good," McCarthy told me. 

"We haven't played well today, we weren't particularly good with the ball.

"That's probably the worst we've been for the last six games which is a shame that's happened when we're at home, our fans would like to see us play better. 

"If there's one positive to come out of it, it's that we didn't lose."

Ipswich Town: Benyu staying with Aldershot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's Kundai Benyu is extending his loan spell in Hampshire, which began in December.

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Darts: Wright secures first major title

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright is the 2017 UK Open champion.

Peter Wright
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The 46-year-old from Mendham, who's been runner-up the last two years, beat Welshman Gerwyn Price 11-6 in yesterday's final in Minehead.

"Obviously I feel great to win my first one," said Wright. 

"I don't want to put a downer on it, but we had no Michael (van Gerwen) or Phil (Taylor) here, but I still had the pressure of being favourite."

That's a wrap from Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day and for the week, we've hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

Here's a recap of some of the stories we've brought you today:

Whatever you're doing, we hope you have a good weekend. 

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Our live updates throughout the day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

That's it for another week of live updates from across the county.

Whatever plans you have for the weekend, we hope you have a good one, and if you support a sporting team, that they're successful.

Scroll down and find out what's been happening during the day, and put a note in your diaries to join us from 08:00 on Monday.

It wouldn't be the same without you.

Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

BBC Local Live: Essex is signing off for the week, but you can carry on monitoring this page for football reports and other breaking news across the weekend.

Here are the headlines across the county on Friday:

Have a great weekend and we'll see you again with regular updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday
BBC

A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

Latest on Ipswich rape investigation: Victim's 'exceptional braveness'

Police say the woman who was raped in Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday morning is making a good recovery: "She has shown exceptional braveness... she's worked brilliantly with our officers to provide us with the evidence we need."

Rope Walk scene of rape
BBC

Det Supt Eamonn Bridger said they have increased patrols in the area, and have visited excess of 200 residential and business premises speaking to potential witnesses.

He urged people to look at the CCTV footage  of two men in the town centre saying: "It's absolutely imperative and urgent that we locate them and speak to them [the two men] very soon."

Appealing for any images or video that people may have taken last Friday night into Saturday morning, he added: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have suitable material that we could use in our inquiry and that may capture these guys."

CCTV images of men sought in connection with rape
Suffolk Police

Drug addict arsonist's actions 'disgusting and unforgiveable'

Lisa Connelly, 42, also of Rochdale Way, Colchester, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter and eight years for arson, to run concurrently.

Lisa Connelly
Essex Police

Det Ch Insp Steve Jennings said: "Fred Payne was an elderly, vulnerable man with no traceable relatives.

"Lisa Connelly exploited of him, inserting herself in his life, taking over his house, and stealing money on a daily basis to feed her drug addiction.

"She left Mr Payne unwell and took no action which may have saved his life. If it were not for her actions and her negligence Mr Payne would still be alive.

"Lisa Connelly’s actions were disgusting and unforgiveable. 

"While today’s sentence will give her ample opportunity to reflect on what she has done, it will not bring Fred back.”   

Clive Lewis: Leadership reports "utter rubbish"

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Labour MP for Norwich South says reports that he's plotting to stand against Jeremy Corbyn in a leadership battle are "complete rubbish". 

Clive Lewis, Norwich South MP
PA

In his first broadcast interview since resigning from the shadow cabinet he's told the BBC Sunday Politics East show: "I'm not ready and to be frank I don't want to do it.

"It's very flattering to come into politics and be told by people that you should become leader but I'm not ready .....and I don't want to do it because Jeremy Corbyn was elected twice to become our leader and he's the person who leads our party."

Mr Lewis said he would never rule out standing for leader at some stage in the future. 

He said "there is a lot of mischief going on at the moment".

You can see his interview on the  Sunday Politics East at 11:00 on Sunday on BBC1 .

Lifetime ban on owning animals after ponies were kept in the dark

A man has been banned from keeping animals for life after admitting neglecting a mare and foal and keeping them in the dark for more than 18 months.

A dog walker, who'd accidentally strayed from a footpath, discovered the two ponies in an isolated barn in the middle of a 20-acre field.

Until its rescue, the foal had spent his entire life inside and had never been out in the sun.


          Charlie, a black foal, with mare Bella in the background - both standing inside a barn
RSPCA

The animal welfare charity said the two ponies were in a very poor condition, emaciated, with overgrown feet and covered in lice. The mare, Bella, was terrified of people.

Frederick Charles Stannard, 64, of the High Street, Methwold near Thetford appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to four offences.

He was given a lifetime ban on owning all animals, and a 12-week prison sentence for each offence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay £150 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. 

Bella, and her foal Charlie, have been rehabilitated at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which will now be their permanent home.

Crack-addict arsonist jailed after 78-year-old Good Samaritan dies in house fire

A drug addict has been jailed for 12 years after she admitted the manslaughter of an elderly man who had taken her into his home in Colchester.

Fred Payne, 78, died after a fire at his home on Rochdale Way on 4 September.

Rochdale Way
BBC

Lisa Connelly, 42, who lived there, claimed at first to be his granddaughter, but the subsequent police investigation revealed this to be a lie.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard prosecutors say Mr Payne, who was in ill health, took her in and gave her a home.

She took money from him to fund her crack cocaine habit, which she had had since she was 30 years old.

She was charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life, but admitted the lesser charge of manslaughter today and was jailed this afternoon.

Final fund-raising gig for Superglu's trip to the US

The second fundraising gig to help SuperGlu , who are based in Ipswich and Manningtree, get to the SXSW Festival in the USA, is taking place at The Swan in Ipswich tonight.

Superglu
Chris Driver Photography

The first gig, at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds last weekend, brought in £925 and should have been followed by a gig in Hackney last night, but the venue closed.

Drummer Ben Ward said: "We have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of the Bury St Edmunds music scene.

"We have always enjoyed an incredible reception from fans at shows there, but this was something else. 

"The money raised has helped so much, we can never thank everyone enough." 

Travel costs for the band, which has been picked to play three showcase gigs at the Texas festival, are in the region of £2,000.  

'Destination' pub in Lowestoft gets the thumbs up from Camra

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Let's return to the Lowestoft hostelry that's narrowly missed out in a national competition to find the best pub in the country.

Stanford Arms
BBC

The Stanford Arms  on Stanford Street was one of three runners-up in the Pub of the Year contest run by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Samantha Burd, who runs it with her husband David, said: "We were just very very pleased to be a little pub in Lowestoft and come as far as we've got."

David added: "We regard this as a destination pub as you would a countryside pub, where people make a special effort to go to."

James Blunt tries to steal the limelight from our Ed

Police officer disciplined for insulting special need students

A Norfolk police officer who verbally insulted students during a visit to a special needs school is to receive management action following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The matter was referred to the IPCC following a complaint by a parent to Norfolk Constabulary about the incident, which occured on 3 December 2015.

Investigators found the officer had made offensive comments about one student's appearance, and abused another for wearing braces and having curly hair.

The investigation concluded the language used was not discriminatory, and that during a subsequent arrest the officer's conduct was appropriate to the situation.

A second officer who was present during the school visit had no case to answer.

Associate commissioner Tom Milsom said the officer's language "fell well short" of that expected from the police, "who are trained to deal with confrontational situations".

Dog re-homing centre has influx of border collies

An Essex rehoming centre is appealing for help as they try to find new homes for 11 border collies, following an influx of the breed.

Staff at the Wickford-based Dogs Trust Basildon  say they are baffled as to why the eleven dogs are being overlooked by visitors.

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Filmed above is one of the 11 dogs, three-year-old Colleen, who is said to need a patient owner who can help her flourish. She needs to be the only pet, and can live with teens of 14 years and up.

Lisa Cooper, centre manager, said: "Sadly, we are seeing many of these types of dogs being handed in when they become too much for their owners who have not considered the implications of owning a breed that requires a lot of mental and physical stimulation. 

"They need regular exercise so it is important that we find owners who understand the demands of this breed and are in a position to offer a life-long commitment."

Ryman League: Lacklustre Leiston lacking leaders

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston will be trying to get their season back on track when they head to Hendon in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow afternoon.

Glenn Driver
Leiston FC

The Victory Road side has lost five of their last six games, falling out of the play-off places in the process.

"We've got to go to Hendon and stop this rot," said boss Glenn Driver. 

"I look at us at this moment in time and we haven't got enough leaders on the pitch."

AFC Sudbury host Folkestone Invicta, Needham Market are at Tonbridge Angels,  Lowestoft Town head to Burgess Hill while  Bury Town  travel to Haringey Borough in the North Division.

Ipswich Town: Beware the Bees - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says there's no way he and his players will be underestimating tomorrow's opponents Brentford .

Mick McCarthy
BBC

After taking points of promotion chasing Reading, Brighton, Leeds and Norwich last month, many Blues fans will be expecting a comfortable win over their mid-table visitors.

McCarthy isn't thinking like that: "They've scored a lot of goals, a bit like Norwich, but conceded a lot.

"They play pretty expansive, wide football and they can open you up as we saw when we went down there. They've got some good players and are very capable."

Darts: Webster spearheads Norfolk challenge at UK Open

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk has three players in what's known as "the FA Cup of darts" this weekend. 

The UK Open in Minehead features an unseeded draw so the sport's top names could meet each other at any stage. Norwich's Darren Webster is in good form going into the tournament. 

Darren Webster
BBC

North Walsham's Steve Beaton and Bradwell's Mervyn King are also in the competition entering at the third round stage. 

The draw for that is made after rounds one and two have been completed. 

Video: Maths 'failure' Sheeran takes a new test

Framlingham superstar Ed Sheeran says he failed maths at Thomas Mills High, so he's been set some mental arithmetic on the day his "÷" album is released. 

Ed Sheeran takes a maths test

Big night ahead for Norwich boxer

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich's Zaiphan Morris is the headline act in his home city for the first time tonight. 

The 32-year-old continues his rapid rise when he tops the bill in a title fight against Latvia's Aleksandrs Birkenbergs at The Halls in Norwich

Boxing poster
Shamrock promotions

Among the other fighters on the bill is Norwich's Nathan Dale who is making a comeback after suffering a defeat in his last fight. 

Defender Taylor making progress

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town manager, Mick McCarthy, has been praising Steven Taylor for the attitude he’s shown while he’s been out with injury.  

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

It’s almost three weeks since the defender pulled a hamstring in the away game against Aston Villa, but he’s now on the mend, according to McCarthy. 

“He's progressing nicely. I think he's quite positive about it. 

"It was a real shame for him because I think he probably played a couple of weeks too soon.   

"Having come here he could have done with a bit more training, but he's been a real good influence around the place, very positive. 

"I brought him to the away games with us and I think he's good to have around for the lads.”

Stabilisation project is 'keeping promise' says councillor

The work beginning to stabilise cliffs on the Clacton to Holland-on-Sea coastline is part of a much larger project ahead, says the councillor in charge at Tendring District Council.

Nick Turner, cabinet member for commercialisation, seafronts and parking, said: "The team will be reviewing the existing cliff drainage systems and undertaking a number of surveys. 

Cllr Nick Turner
Tendring District Council

"This early work will help us to shape the various options we need to consider and eventually use to stabilise the cliffs.

"When we announced this programme would be taking place we promised that we would keep residents informed all the way along – as we did with the major £36m Coastal Protection project – and we are keeping that promise.”

Ipswich Town 'a better place' after an unbeaten February

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says his side's current run of five games without defeat has boosted morale at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

"We weren't too down in the dumps [at the start of February], but we weren't feeling great about ourselves either," said McCarthy. 

"It's a job that's viewed by a lot of people and that gets a lot of opinions and comments. So it's a much better place this weekend than it was five weeks ago."

Town are at home to Brentford on Saturday .

MP 'never intended to cause offence' by his comments

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has told us he never intended, and deeply regrets, that the words he used on the radio about the need to prioritise Disability Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) for those with the most serious physical disabilities inadvertently caused any offence to those suffering from mental illness.

He said: "The PIPs are designed to provide those with disabilities a more personal, flexible and specific fund to cover the costs of coping with living at home with their disability - for example the blind who need housing adaptations or those on home dialysis - than the old Disability Support Allowance. 

"This government is absolutely committed to making sure we get this PIP part of our £50bn per annum disability budget to those with specific extra reimbursable costs of chronic disability. 

"In explaining this focus of PIPs on last Sunday's Radio 5 live talk show I was not in any way intending to suggest mental illness isn’t very "real" or debilitating. It is. 

"As I know from my own direct personal experience in my own family of the trauma caused by depression, anxiety and the often-connected alcoholism and, as MPs of all parties have paid tribute to, I have a track record through my work as a local MP and minister helping those affected by disability, dementia and childhood depression and anxiety."

Mr Freeman added that he would have liked to explain this to the campaigners at his office today, but was out in his constituency on prior commitments.

Rugby union: A make or break month for Bury St Edmunds

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Relegation-threatened  Bury St Edmunds  return to action after a two-week break tomorrow afternoon.

Bury St Edmunds rugby team
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolf Pack - who've lost their last six matches in National League Two South - host bottom club Exmouth. 

It's the first of three successive fixtures for Bury against sides currently below them in the table.

What will happen during the cliff stabilisation project?

The initial work on the cliff stabilisation project along the Clacton to Holland-on-Sea coastline will involve eight sample boreholes being sunk on the Greensward. 

The holes, on the grassy area at the top of the cliffs, will go 10m down, or at least two metres into the London Clay.  

A further eight holes will be made on the slope itself and water samples will be sent off for laboratory testing and water levels monitored throughout the process.

Tendring District Council says the benefits of the project include "cost-effective maintenance of the cliffs, an improved public realm and experience for residents and visitors" and an opportunity to restore beach huts.

Darts: A warning for Wright's rivals

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Despite throwing the second highest televised average in history last night, Suffolk darts player Peter Wright believes there's more to come from him.

Peter Wright
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The Mendham thrower averaged 119.50 on his way to a 7-2 Premier League win over Adrian Lewis in Exeter.

"I'm so happy just to get the two points, but to play so well is brilliant," said Wright. 

"That first leg set the pace and I got control of the match, but it felt like a magnet was pulling the darts into the treble."I saw my average at 117 on the big screen and I wanted to get it higher, but I think there's loads of improvement to come."

MP's comments 'belong in last century'

Campaigners say the Mid Norfolk's MP apology over comments he's made about mental health will not repair the damage he's done.

Today disability rights campaigners marched through Wymondham town centre to his office.

Protestors with banners march through Wymondham
BBC

They say his comments about mental health reveal an ignorance about disability, and belong in the last century.


          Protestors set off from Wymondham market cross on their march
BBC

Wymondham Access Group  says it works to make the town accessible. Its chair, Neil Seach, says "invisible disabilities are sometimes the hardest for people to understand... however they shouldn't be discounted or glossed over."

Protestors outside the office of George Freeman MP
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It's hard to believe, whatever the true sentiments behind the words, that the MP of Wymondham could support changes that will result in cuts to some of the most disabled members of his constituency."

Neil SeachWymondham Access Group

BreakingLocation of avian flu outbreak confirmed

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Gressingham Foods has confirmed the outbreak of avian flu is at Grange Farm, Redgrave in Suffolk, close to the border with Norfolk.

None of the 55,000 ducks has avian flu, but it has been detected in the environment.

The birds will still be killed.

Grange Farm
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Protest at MP's comments about mental health

Disability rights campaigners have been protesting against comments about mental health, made by the Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman. 

Earlier this week the MP said that disability benefits should only go to those who "really disabled people" and not those who were "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety". 

His words were branded as "crass and ignorant", by campaigners who protested at his office in Wymondham this lunchtime.


          Protestors with banners outside the door of George Freeman's office in Wymondham
BBC

They say the government's plans to make new cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will leave disabled people and those with serious mental health conditions prisoners in their own homes.

Joy Batley is the vice-chair of Wymondham Access Group which helps people with disabilities. She's a wheelchair user, and explains why Mr Freeman's words have angered her:


          Disability campaigners holding banners as they march through Wymondham town centre
BBC

I can say something to somebody and be really rude about them banging into my wheelchair but then if I say I'm sorry I've taken it back, that's already said and that's already been harmful to a lot of people - and I just feel we should be helping disabled people not discriminating against them."

Joy BatleyWymondham Access Group

Work to begin on £5m project to stabilise Essex cliffs

Initial work on a £5m project to stabilise the cliffs along the Clacton to Holland-on-Sea coastline is due to get under way later this month.

The coastline between Clacton and Holland-on-Sea
Tendring District Council

A ground investigation programme will begin on 13 March with the aim of providing valuable information towards forming the design of the scheme.

Much of the investigation will revolve around the features and properties of the London clay in the slopes as well as the thickness and composition of superficial deposits.

Andrews slams FA over lights

Bury Free Press

Stowmarket Town FC features in the sports pages of the Bury Free Press :

Bury Free Press sport
Bury Free Press

Defra: No risk to public health from bird flu outbreak

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has moved to re-assure people following another outbreak of bird flu near Redgrave in Suffolk.

A statement from Defra said: "Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low. 

"The Food Standards Agency is also clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk."

The precautionary cull of 55,000 birds could get under way later today. 

Defra says that after that the premises, which are not being publically identified by Defra, will be cleansed and disinfected. 

Head teacher threatens to quit in funding cuts row

Chris Bond

BBC Sunday Politics East

An Essex school head has threatened to resign if government plans to cut his school budget by £765,000 go ahead. 

Vic Goddard, principal of Passmores Academy in Harlow, which featured in Channel 4's Educating Essex, said proposed changes to the funding formula could mean larger class sizes and the loss of 20 teachers. 

But he's vowed not to implement such a plan. 

"There will be a difficult choice at some point," said Mr Goddard. 

"I am not prepared to come into this profession which I love so much and ruin children's lives. It's not fair on the kids." 

Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy
BBC
Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show 149 Essex schools could be worse off under the proposed funding formula while 383 would get more cash in the shake up. 

A statement from the DfE said the current way of calculating school budgets was "unfair, opaque and outdated" and consultations were under way to fix this. 

"In Essex school funding would go up by 2.6% (by over £20m) if the proposed new funding formula were implemented," the statement said. 

"We know it is important that we get the formulae and system right so that every pound of the investment we make in education has the greatest impact."  

But the teaching unions say that DfE figures do not tell the whole story and, when adjusted for inflation and rising costs, around 500 Essex schools will be worse off. 

Jerry Glazier, from the NUT in Essex, said the formula would not even fund current levels of teaching and resources. 

"That is what is wrong with this formula - it is not giving enough money to schools," he said.

Jerry Glazier, National Union of Teachers
BBC
Jerry Glazier, National Union of Teachers

There will be more on this story on the BBC Sunday Politics East on BBC1 on Sunday, 5 March at 11:00.