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Our live coverage from across the day

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Farewell from the BBC Essex Local Live team for this week. 

We'll be back again on Monday with all your news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've covered today:

  • A Leigh food blogger wins £24,000 in libel case against a Daily Mail columnist
  • Motorist's car was crushed in an "act of God", insurers say
  • Money kept from a WW2 air disaster fund is to be spent 77 years on

Scroll down for more... and have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Well, it's goodnight from the team at BBC Norfolk Local Live for this week. We hope you'll join us again on Monday at 08:00, for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Before we go, here's a recap of some of the stories making the news in Norfolk today:

  • A family farm business was fined £50,000 after a 21-year-old died in a grain silo
  • The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is to step down
  • And a firm was ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned

Scroll down for more... and have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Katy Prickett

BBC News

That's it for the BBC Suffolk Local Live for this week. We'll be back on Monday morning for 08:00 - join us then for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Before we go, here's a selection of some of the stories making the news in our county: 

  • Norman Foster to design waterfront crossings project in Ipswich, while Lowestoft's third crossing moves a step closer
  • Good Samaritans in Newmarket intervene to prevent an attempted mugging of a 77-year-olld
  • Traffic lights will be installed at the  A11 Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall

Scroll down for more... and have a great weekend.

Acid attack lifer in court bid to clear his name

The man, jailed for life for arranging an acid attack on his ex-girlfriend in Lowestoft, has won the first stage of his legal attempt to clear his name.

Adele Bellis

Anthony Riley, 27, of Raglan Road in the town was convicted of planning the assault on Adele Bellis, 24, which  left her with life-changing burns on her face and head  in 2014.

His co-defendant Jason Harrison, 29, of Princes Road, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for carrying out the actual attack at a bus stop on London Road South.

Riley's lawyers have been at the Court of Appeal in London arguing that Harrison made a deal with prosecutors and was never cross-examined by them during the trial at Ipswich Crown Court in 2015.

Judges agreed that Riley should have the chance to appeal against his conviction, but they said he faced an "uphill struggle" to convince them it should be overturned.

Anthony Riley
Suffolk Police

A120 campaign wins support from The U's

A football club has given its backing a campaign to build a new A120 dual carriageway.

The proposed options
Essex County Council

The  consultation  on the route options for the A120 between Braintree and the A12 closes on Tuesday.

There are five proposed options.

The campaign has won support from  Colchester United 's head coach John McGreal and current captain Chris Porter. 

Matt Hudson, the club's media manager, said: "We were pleased to be able to back the campaign. 

"The club has a great location adjacent to the A12, which has helped us build a strong business over the last nine years, and efforts to improve other parts of the road infrastructure can only be of benefit to the stadium, our business visitors and match-day supporters."

Ladies take on league leaders

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Harleston Magpies put their unbeaten home record on the line in hockey's Conference East this weekend. 

The south Norfolk women play league leaders Wimbledon at Weybread. They're fourth in the table with three matches left to play. 

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"You always want to play the best teams and at home we are undefeated. They've shown they're not unbeatable." said Magpies coach Rob Sorrell.

Sea defence work starts between Snettisham and Hunstanton

Work begins today on sea defences between Snettisham and Hunstanton.

It's annual work, but this year they're also dealing with the fall-out of Storm Doris which caused about £8,000 worth of damage.

This is the first year the work is being funded locally instead of being paid for by the Environment Agency.

Orwell crossing will be a 'globally recognised bridge of beauty'

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer was on the panel which helped select Foster + Partners to design the £77m Upper Orwell Crossings Project bridge.

He said: "This is one of the most important moments for Ipswich for many decades.

"The fact that we will have what will be a globally recognised bridge of beauty will say something powerful about our town’s ambition and our place not just in our county, or our region, or our country, but in the world."

Its aim is to improve east to west connections across the River Orwell in Ipswich, and ease congestion on the Star Lane/Key Street/College Street one-way gyratory system to the north of the waterfront.

Artist's impression of Upper Orwell Crossings
Foster + Partners

Norman Foster's company chosen to design new Ipswich bridge

A competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Suffolk County Council has selected Foster + Partners to design a new bridge for Ipswich.

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Its aim is to improve east to west connections across the River Orwell and the Department of Transport has agreed to provide about £77m to help fund it. 

Foster + Partners  was selected from a shortlist of five architectural practices.

The company was founded by Lord Foster and has designed buildings all over the world - as well as the black glass-clad Willis Building in Ipswich town centre.

Artist's impressions to complement video

Here's a look at the artist's impressions of what the new crossing could look like across Lake Lothing:

Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council

Video gives you an idea what crossing could look like

Suffolk County Council has released a video showing "indicative alignment and design" of the long-awaited third crossing proposed for Lowestoft. 

However, the council issues the caveat that plans still requires a lot of work to refine exactly where it will be and how the estimated £100m construction will look.

Design advisors Design Council Cabe have been selected to help with the process.  

Lowestoft third crossing: Fly past impression of new bridge

Man in 80s dies in two-vehicle crash

A man in his 80s has died after two cars crashed in Little Easton near Stansted Airport.

The collision between a Ford Fiesta and a stationary Volkswagen Golf happened just before 10:50 on the B184, near Woodside Way. 

Essex Police, ambulance crews and an air ambulance attended. 

The driver of the Fiesta, from Thaxted, was treated by paramedics, but died at the scene.

The road was closed while forensic examinations took place but it is due to re-open this afternoon. 

Helpers sought to protect terns nesting on Norfolk beaches

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The RSPB is looking for people to help protect rare birds nesting on the coast. Little terns have for years colonised the beaches of Great Yarmouth, Winterton and Sea Palling.

Norfolk beach
Zorba the Geek/Geograph

But in recent years their numbers have declined even further, and the bird protection charity says, even though it's spent 30 years working on little tern habitats, it needs more help from the public.

Daniel Hercock, from the RSPB, said: "We have a pretty good blueprint on how to protect them, but we need people on the ground to help protect them as the project goes forward.

"The terns do nest on open beaches, and beaches are popular with people, so they are susceptible to disturbance.

"They are also susceptible to predation from, for example, foxes."

Rugby union: Bury looking to build on Exmouth success

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds will be trying to win consecutive matches for the first time since November when they go to Barnes in National League Two South tomorrow.

Bury St Edmunds rugby team
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Last week's much-needed victory at Exmouth ended a run of six straight defeats and increased the Wolf Pack's cushion above the bottom two to seven points.

Struggling Barnes are currently third from bottom, having lost their last six in a row.

Mother pays tribute to son who died in Fincham grain silo accident

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The mother of a 21-year-old student who died after sinking into a grain silo on his father's farm and suffocating has paid paid tribute to a song who was "larger than life, fun loving".

Arthur Mason was working for his father Hugh Mason, at the family firm Maurice Mason in Fincham, near Downham Market, in July 2014  

Hall Farm, Fincham Norfolk

The firm was fined £50,000 today after admitting breaches of health and safety law.

Arthur Mason's mother Kay Mason Billig said his son's "death has affected so many people, his family, his friends and his colleagues".

"Farming accidents and accidents of this type involving enclosed spaces are alarmingly common," she said.

"I urge farmers to take note of this verdict today and look hard at their safety procedures.

"No one should have to lose their life in such a preventable accident."

Leiston prepare to face Ryman League leaders

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The biggest game in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow is sixth-placed  Leiston  (pictured) at home to table-toppers Bognor Regis Town.

Leiston squad
Leiston FC

Glenn Driver's side will be buoyed by Tuesday's much-needed victory over Tonbridge Angels which ended a run of five successive defeats.

Relegation-threatened AFC Sudbury head to high-flying Havant & Waterlooville, Needham Market entertain Enfield Town and Lowestoft Town face Kingstonian.

Bury Town host Tilbury in the Ryman Division North.

Bridges 'not fit' for heaviest lorries

Essex County Council has 160 bridges which are not suitable for heavy vehicles, a study has found.

Bridge at Walton on the Naze

The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges in the UK  are not suitable for 44 tonne vehicles .

Essex has the third highest number  of sub-standard bridges behind Devon County Council (249) and Somerset (210).

Councils currently have plans to repair just 416 of them nationally, blaming a shortage of funds and a lack of skills. 

RAC Foundation director, Steve Gooding, said: "In the face of growing traffic volumes and ageing infrastructure the danger is that without an adequate long-term funding settlement we will see more rather than fewer bridges with weight restrictions, with the backlog bill getting bigger all the time."  

Our picture shows the bridge over the railway between Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

One from the archives: Church trial of Stiffkey rector Harold Davidson

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Some 85 years ago this month "prostitutes' padre" Harold Davidson (1875-1937), Rector of Stiffkey in Norfolk, with his daughter Patricia, were photographed after a church disciplinary trial at Church House, Westminster, London.

          Harold Davidson (1875-1937), Rector of Stiffkey in Norfolk, with his daughter Patricia
Getty Images

Davidson was charged with immoral conduct in connection with his work with prostitutes and the case resulted in Davidson being defrocked later that year.   

But in  2004 BBC Inside Out  presented evidence that cast doubt on his conviction, including letters between Davidson and the star prosecution witness Gwendoline Harris (known as Barbara Harris), pictured arriving at Church House, which suggest the relationship was not improper.

Gwendoline Harris (known as Barbara Harris
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Blogger's joy at libel case win

A blogger has taken to social media to express her joy at winning a long-fought libel case.

Jack Monroe, from Leigh-on-Sea, has  won £24,000 in damages against Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins  after a row on Twitter. 

Jack Monroe

After the High Court ruling, Ms Monroe said on Twitter: "It's taken 21 months but today the High Court ruled that Hopkins statements to/about me were defamatory.

"I sued her for libel, and I won."

The case arose after Twitter users highlighted the daubing of a London memorial to the women of World War Two with profanities directed at the Conservative Party during an anti-austerity demonstration.  

Ms Monroe said two tweets posted by Hopkins "defamed" her.

Jonathan Price, for Hopkins, said Ms Monroe's Twitter handle had been used "mistakenly". 

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Blogger wins £24k damages over Apprentice star's Twitter libel

A food blogger has won £24,000 damages in a libel case against Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins.

Katie Hopkins

As we reported earlier, Jack Monroe, from Leigh-on-Sea, sued Hopkins over two war memorial tweets she said caused "serious harm" to her reputation.

Hopkins, who rose to prominence as a contestant on the BBC's The Apprentice show, posted a message in May 2015 asking if Ms Monroe had "scrawled on any memorials recently".

Ms Monroe said that meant she had either vandalised a war memorial or "condoned or approved" of it.

The case arose after Twitter users highlighted the daubing of a London memorial to the women of World War Two with profanities directed at the Conservative Party during an anti-austerity demonstration.  

Jonathan Price, for Hopkins, told the High Court judge her case was "this relatively trivial dispute arose and was resolved on Twitter in a period of several hours".  

MP on third crossing: Design work "will not delay" outcome

Meanwhile Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney, says the appointment of Design Council Cabe will in no way hinder the delivery of Lowestoft's third water crossing at Lake Lothing.

Peter Aldous, pictured with David Cameron, in 2015

He said: "This design work will not delay delivery of the third crossing as it is integral to the other necessary preparatory work is taking place. 

"It is important that once Design Council Cabe have carried out their initial work, they set out their ideas, so that local people can share their views and important input on all aspects of the Third Crossing in the upcoming public consultation."

Mr Aldous is pictured showing former Prime Minister David Cameron the Lowestoft harbour area during a visit in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

Grain silo death farm fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A firm has been fined £50,000 after admitting breaches of health and safety law when a man died by sinking into a grain silo at his father's farm and suffocating.

Scales of justice

Arthur Mason, 21, was working for his father Hugh Mason, at the family firm Maurice Mason in Fincham, near Downham Market, in July 2014.

He was cleaning the silo when he fell in.

Hugh Mason's lawyer Mark Ballysz, told Norwich Crown Court no level of sentence could add to the punishment he has already suffered. 

The Health and Safety Executive told the court how silo cleaning had been behind schedule at Hall Farm.

Arthur Mason was wearing a safety lanyard designed to break a fall from height as he worked inside the grain-filled drum.

But as he stood on the grain, a valve was released and he sank into the grain, with the lanyard extended to twice its original length, failing to stop his descent. 

Norwich Crown Court heard how grain acts like quicksand when a silo is emptied from below and once trapped it's impossible to self-rescue.

Another worker climbed in to try and rescue him, but was unsuccessful and a hammer was used to break an access panel in the silo in an attempt to help the 21-year-old.

But when emergency services, who were on the scene within 10 minutes, freed him, attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead. 

The firm Maurice Mason was also ordered to pay costs of £22,000.

Time to end our mobile not-spots

East Anglian Daily Times

Here's today's front page of the East Anglian Daily Times:

East Anglian Daily Times front page
East Anglian Daily Times

Air disaster fund to be spent 77 years on

Returning to our story about a disaster fund, set up following the first World War Two civilian deaths on the British mainland, finally being spent ...

Crash site in Clacton on 30 April
Tendring District Council

The money was collected after a German Heinkel aircraft crashed in Victoria Road, Clacton, on 30 April, 1940.

The fund continued to help residents affected by enemy raids, but was banked and forgotten about following the war.

Tendring District Council  has now decided to use the remaining £1,700 on improvements to a memorial site.

Michael Talbot, the council's cabinet member for environment, said: "It is our aim to have something ready for the 77th anniversary of the Heinkel coming down on 30 April, although we may have to add the memorial stone at a later date."

A bench currently at the memorial site
Tendring District Council

Designers want to make Lowestoft folk "proud"

Design Council Cabe, enlisted to help Suffolk County Council and its team through the process of planning the Lake Lothing crossing, says it wants to make Lowestoft people proud.

Aerial view of Lowestoft harbour and Lake Lothing
Mike Page

Clare Devine, executive director of architecture, built environment and design, said: "Through our extensive experience on major infrastructure projects across the country, we can help to ensure that the design of the bridge and the surrounding landscape provides safer and more pleasant connections, encourages walking and cycling, and creates a new bridge which people in Lowestoft can be proud of."

Former Prime Minister David Cameron announced that  the government would provide £70m to the project , which is estimated will cost about £100m, during a visit to Suffolk in March 2016.

It all started so brightly, but clouds are moving in

Cloud will increase this afternoon. Most places will stay dry in Essex, but there may be a spot of drizzle over the hills.

Brighter spells are possible in the west later, but it'll be cloudy in the east. Maximum temperature 11C (52F). For more precise details for where you are, go to BBC Weather

Colchester sunrise

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher  North Essex Hammer for sending this photo of the sunrise over Colchester this morning. 

Design help enlisted for long-awaiting £100m third water crossing

Suffolk County Council has enlisted the support of design experts, Design Council Cabe , to help in the creation of the long-awaited Third Crossing at Lake Lothing in Lowestoft , which is estimated to cost in the region of £100m.

The organisation will play an integral part in leading design workshops and reviews with the project design team, using an independent design advice panel drawn from their network of experts. 

That panel will include architects, landscape architects, urban planners and designers and engineers.

Artists' impression of crossing
Kier and Mouchel

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council 's lead on the crossing, said engaging the experts was an "important step" and the crossing would bring "significant transport benefits" to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

"Design is a really important element of the scheme," he said.

"Their scrutiny will ensure we meet the key objectives of the project, while also delivering the scheme on time and on budget."

Location, Location, Location: Police station to be sold

Waltham Abbey police station is to be put up for sale as Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex  cut costs.The front counter of the station on Sun Street was closed to the public in November 2011. The police station itself later closed in September 2016.It is one of several to be sold as the force's estate is reduced from 80 to 30 buildings.

The estate costs £10m a year in running costs, but the force said the buildings would require £30m of maintenance work to bring them up to standard. 

Acting Ch Insp Lewis Basford, district commander for Brentwood and Epping Forest, said: "Whilst I understand people are attached to their police stations, as they are an important part of the community, effective policing is not reliant on buildings as it is my officers that catch criminals, prevent and detect crime and support victims."

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital appeal after A&E spike in demand

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has called for people to first contact a health advice line after a spike in the numbers attending its accident and emergency department.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The hospital's chief operating officer Karen Croker said: "In recent days, the hospital has seen a significant number of very frail and seriously ill patients requiring acute medical treatment.

"We are working closely with our partners in the health and social care system to ensure we proactively manage this spike in demand.

"While we would never deter anyone from seeking medical treatment, we would ask the public to help our staff during this busy period by first contacting NHS 111 for advice before setting out for A&E."

Advice can also be found on the internet by visiting  or the Choose Me, Not A&E website .

Ms Croker added: “We also ask that people who have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours refrain from visiting the hospital unless it is a medical emergency to help prevent norovirus."

Suffolk makes top-10 shortlist for number of sub-standard bridges

Research by the RAC Foundation shows Suffolk has made the top ten of councils with the highest number of sub-standard road bridges .

Damaged bridge at Great Bealings

Suffolk came sixth with 121 sub-standard bridges. 

Topping the list is Devon with 249, but more locally Essex came in third place with 160. 

Last December, a report to Suffolk County Council showed that 350 bridges were in very poor condition and 147 were in a "severe state", which means they'll need attention within the next 12 months.

The picture above shows the damaged bridge at Great Bealings near Ipswich.

It was hit by a vehicle in September, but cannot be fixed during the winter months due to the nature of the repairs required.

Canaries press call: 'Crazy' position ahead of Rovers' visit

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City are holding their regular Friday press conference ahead of tomorrow's visit of Blackburn Rovers .

The visitors are two points above the relegation zone, while the Canaries are nine points outside the Championship's play-off places.

Ivo Pinto said: "If you said we would be in this position before the season started, I would say you were crazy."

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It all started so well, but getting cloudier later

Cloud will increase this afternoon, with most places staying dry in Suffolk, but with a spot of drizzle over the hills. 

The west might benefit from brighter spells, but it'll be cloudy in the east. Maximum temperature 10C (50C). For more precise detail where you are, visit BBC Weather .

Scene from Snape

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Iken Canoe Man for sending in this picture of the sunrise at Snape this morning - we want to know if the black labrador dog (I'm told, called Wigeon) at the front of the shot appreciated the scene as much as we did...

Canaries duo in Northern Ireland squad

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Michael McGovern and Kyle Lafferty have both been selected by Northern Ireland for their next World Cup qualifier. 

Goalkeeper McGovern returned to the Canaries first team for the 1-1 draw at Bristol City on Tuesday ,while striker Lafferty hasn't started a league game all season. 

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Phil Daley will be tweeting  from the Canaries' regular Friday lunchtime press conference.

Burglar, who brandished a meat cleaver and assaulted officer, is jailed

A 23-year-old burglar who brandished a meat cleaver and assaulted a police officer has been jailed for 10 years. 

James Preston, from Bardfield Road, Colchester was appearing at Ipswich Crown Court where he had already admitted a number of burglary offences and possession of bladed weapon, after incidents just up the A12 in Suffolk.

James Preston
Suffolk Police

Preston admitted a burglary in East Mill Green, Bentley, and an attempted burglary at a property in Capel Road, Bentley, all during a crime spree on 1 February.

It was whilst the Capel Road burglary was in progress that officers were called, and they managed to detain him after he "fled the scene on foot" towards the A12.

The defendant also admitted an aggravated burglary with intent at an address in Pound Lane, Capel St Mary, possessing a meat cleaver, and assaulting a police officer.

Chief executive praises hospitals for tobacco-free policy

Two hospitals in East Anglia have been praised for becoming smoke-free.

No smoking sign at Ipswich Hospital

In his  blog , Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England , said lessons are to be learned from Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

The two trusts officially became tobacco-free on Wednesday.

Mr Selbie said: "They are based in two of the largest towns in East Anglia, making them the main port of call for thousands of people, both as a workplace and for treatment.

"The decision to take the final step and go tobacco-free has not been taken lightly but with joint chief executive Nick Hulme keen to improve the health of his staff, patients and anyone who visits the sites, this was an important step forward in combating the detrimental effect of smoking on the population, community and the NHS."

What is Ipswich's MP getting excited about?

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Hopefully he and I are on the same page, and we'll reveal all this afternoon...

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director's 'brilliant adventure'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival , who has announced he is to step down, has spoken of how running the event has been a "brilliant adventure".

William Galinsky
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The board of Norfolk and Norwich Festival has thanked William Galinsky (pictured) for helping "to establish the festival as a world class event". 

Mr Galinsky said: "After seven festivals, 60 world premieres, 124 new commissions, 40 festival co-productions and 2,143 individual performances I have decided it's time to catch my breath and 2017 will be my Norfolk and Norwich Festival swan song.

"Being artistic director has been the most brilliant adventure - at times, it has made me feel like Willy Wonka.

"From Wildwork's Wolf's Child in the forests of Felbrigg Hall, to a cardboard St Peter Mancroft built by thousands of volunteers, the festival has given me the opportunity to bring the audiences experiences beyond an artistic director's wildest dreams.

"Seven festivals have gone in a flash and none of it would have been possible without the amazing festival team, our army of wonderful volunteers, the wisdom and support of the NNF board, the faith of Arts Council England and Norwich City Council, and all of our friends, supporters and sponsors and, perhaps most importantly of all, the enthusiasm of our audiences."

Biker seriously injured in Bury St Edmunds crash

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash in Bury St Edmunds yesterday evening. 

The biker - a man in his 50s - collided with a blue Volvo on Oakes Road during the rush hour. 

The motorcyclist is at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge being treated for a life-changing injury. The road was shut for nearly four hours for police investigations.