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Our live coverage today:

Our scheduled live coverage has now ended for the day - and for the week - but if there's a breaking story you'll still find the details here.

Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of our stories today:

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher caravanjo for this snap of Brancaster beach - it looks so peaceful, doesn't it, the perfect place for a weekend walk?

Have a great weekend, we'll be back on Monday.

Dog on deserted sandy beach at low tide
BBC

Our live coverage across the day

That's another week of live updates from the Suffolk Live team done and dusted. We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday.

Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of the stories making our headlines today:

  • The family of a blind man who died after he was given the wrong prescription speak out
  • Mother fears missing teenage girl met someone on the internet
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan cancels gig at Ipswich's Corn Exchange

Scroll down for the full details... and have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Goodbye from the Essex Live team for another week. We'll be back with all your live news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 on Monday.

Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories making our headlines today:

  • A man who assaulted a police officer and hijacked a patrol car is jailed
  • Shortage of GPs prompts recruitment drive in schools
  • Police release images after shooting at a boxing event.

Scroll down for the full details... and have a great weekend.

Game of cat and mouse captured underground

A real-life underground game of cat and "mouse" was captured on CCTV as road workers repaired a drainage tunnel.

Rat in drainage system
Highways England
Cat in drainage system
Highways England

Highways England was working on the drainage off the A120 at Wix, near Manningtree.

Workers ran a camera down to check for any problems and to ensure everything had gone smoothly.

The camera picked up a large rat heading down one of the drains - with a cat in hot pursuit.

Site supervisor Jason Appleton said: "Sometimes we see rats going down the drains, but it’s the first time we’ve ever seen an intrepid moggy in hot pursuit.

"It was like an episode of Tom and Jerry live."

The cat was later spotted leaving the drainage system, apparently foiled, much like the real Tom & Jerry.

The drainage system
Highways England

Golf club is 'England's Most Welcoming'

Suffolk has England's Most Welcoming golf club, according to the judges at an awards ceremony last night .

England Golf gave the honour to Fynn Valley GC - in Witnesham, just north of Ipswich.

Jenny Holmes, company secretary, said: “We felt when we opened the club the most important part was to really welcome everybody, regardless of what they did for a living, how old they were or what gender they were. We had the same welcome for everyone and that’s the foundation on which the club is built.”  

Fynn Valley Golf Club
Google Earth

A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

Weather graphic for Saturday morning
BBC

It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Shortage of GPs prompts recruitment drive in schools

The national shortage of GPs has prompted a NHS commissioning group to think long-term about encouraging students into working in medicine. 

Local doctors across south east Essex have been touring schools in a bid to encourage students to consider a career as a GP. 

Tricia D’Orsi, chief nurse at NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are keen to encourage students to consider careers in general practice – this includes GPs and nurses. 

"We hope that students may be inspired by real-life stories of local GPs and nurses to become the GPs and nurses of the future."

Students at the GP talk
NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG

Last night over 100 students attended an event headed up by Dr Mike Saad, who works at Wakering Medical Centre, who gave a talk on his role. 

He said: "It’s fair to say the work can be hard, the hours may be long, but knowing that you can change and improve people's lives is very rewarding.

"Every day is different. You simply never know what you will be dealing with next. It could be a headache that won’t go away, a chest infection, a schizophrenic breakdown, a pregnancy or a child with breathing difficulties.  

"It’s time to raise the profile of primary care and the vital role that it plays as part of our community.

"Many GPs are approaching retirement and we are looking for a new generation of doctors to take the reins.”

PC sacked for 'misleading' investigation into racially-aggravated assault

A police officer has been sacked for misleading an investigation after a woman was punched and knocked unconscious.

Chelmsford Police Station
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An independently-chaired misconduct panel heard PC Alan Conran, of Essex Police, had been called to reports of two women being racially abused by a group of men in Bond Street, Chelmsford, on 14 December 2014.

The panel was told PC Conran failed to "adequately investigate" the allegation and "deliberately misled" colleagues during the investigation.

As a result, an offender was convicted for assault, but "the true impact of the racial abuse which may have aggravated the assault was not brought before the court".

PC Conran, who is based at Chelmsford police station, was dismissed for gross misconduct. 

Essex Police  Ch Supt Luke Collison said: "Public trust in policing depends on the honesty and integrity of police officers being beyond reproach. 

"Officers make mistakes and we must always ensure that they and the force learn from them. 

"However, PC Conran’s conduct fell well below the standard the public expects and amounts to gross misconduct. In such cases dismissal is a regrettably a necessary sanction."

Shedding light on the darkness

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

But today's the Spring Equilux.

Confused? This tweet explains:

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Gilbert 'extremely sorry' for postponement

Having postponed Saturday's concert in Ipswich with one day's notice, singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan has he is "extremely sorry".

He said: "I have been pushing myself and singing with a cold the last few nights, and because of this I now have a chest infection and am unable to sing.

"I apologise for any inconvenience caused as the last thing I want to do is let you all down. 

"I hope with some rest I will be back on my feet in time for York."

Gilbert O'Sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan

The Corn Exchange gig has been re-scheduled for 10 September.

You've heard of leaves on the line? How about a wheelbarrow on the road?

Three weeks of weekday closures of A149

The A149 at Holme-next-the-Sea will be closed during weekdays for the next three weeks to allow a new drainage system to be installed.

The work, which begins on Monday and will cost Norfolk County Council £30,000, is being carried out because of surface water flooding in the area. 

It means the A149 Thornham Road will be shut to through traffic from 08:30 on Mondays to 15:00 on Fridays, but will be fully open at the weekends.

The A149 through Holme, showing bus stops, and speed sign
Google

During the work, the Coast Hopper bus service won't serve Titchwell and Thornham. 

In Holme, it'll serve the junction of the A149 and Peddars Way.

The Lynx 36 service will make a short diversion and operate as normal.

Details of a shuttle bus service operated by Norfolk County Council on weekdays for the duration of the work are below: 

Shuttle bus timetable
Norfolk County Council

Misspelt sign removed

Many sharp-eyed people will have noticed that BBC reports from the inquest into the death of Douglas Lamond featured a misspelt sign outside the Coroner's Court .

Coroner's Court sign in Ipswich
BBC

We understand the sign, at the offices on Egerton Road, in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich, has been removed.

NDR promise 'not a surprise' says Green councillor

The Conservatives' pledge to complete the missing link of the NDR if they win this year's county council elections is a "cynical move".

That's according to Green Party councillor Andrew Boswell, who says he's not surprised at the news.

This is what the Conservatives have always wanted since the year 2000 when they broke the thing of having a northern ring road around Norwich... they built the NDR always hoping to go across the Wensum Valley."

Andrew BoswellGreen Party

Man jailed for assaulting police officer and stealing his dog

A man has been jailed for assaulting a police officer whose car was taken with a police dog in the back.

Pudding Lane, Chigwell
Google

The attack happened in Chigwell, Essex, on 31 October when the officer  tried to breathalyse a driver

Tony Turner, 36, of Vincent Road, Dagenham, was charged with a number of offences including assault and aggravated vehicle-taking. 

He was imprisoned for 30 months at Chelmsford Crown Court. 

Turner was given 18 months in prison for occasioning actual bodily harm plus 12 months for possessing identity documents with intent. 

The judge sentenced him to 15 months' imprisonment for aggravated vehicle-taking to run concurrently. 

Helping elderly patients regain their independence

You might not have heard of " Deconditioning Syndrome " but it's an important issue facing older patients, who can lose the ability to do everyday tasks after prolonged periods of inactivity.

It can result in falls, incontinence and psychological dependence. Regaining these lost abilities can take twice as long as it took to lose them.

Now nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn are helping patients to take their first steps on the road to recovery.


          Chief executive Doroth Hosein, in black patterned jumper, with patient Beryl Newton - she has grey hair and a pale mauve jumper
QEH

Where appropriate, they're being asked to take their meals in a chair rather than sitting in bed, are being encouraged to wash and dress independently, and to start moving.

Chief executive Dorothy Hosein says it's unacceptable for any older person to lose the ability to do a simple everyday task, and their nursing teams are doing their utmost to ensure this doesn't happen.

But we can’t win this fight alone... we need the support of families and carers to ensure that our patients have a supply of clean clothes while they are in hospital. A simple thing such as getting dressed and sitting in a chair can make a big difference to a patient’s physical and mental well-being.”

Dorothy HoseinQueen Elizabeth Hospital

Highland Fling takes the Fakenham Silver Cup

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The feature race at Fakenham Racecourse today was the Silver Cup at 16:00.

Nine runners went to post and it was won by 7-2 shot Highland Fling with Robert Dunne (pictured) on board.

Pre-race favourite Whispering Storm was unplaced.

Robert Dunne
Getty Images

Top young running talents head for Norfolk

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The country's top young long-distance runners will be competing at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey on Saturday. 

It's been chosen as the venue for the English Schools Cross Country Championship, an event that Olympians like Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe competed in during their development. 

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Paul Allison from the English Schools Athletics Association says some fast times could be set. 

"The organisers have made the course as difficult as possible so there are going to be ploughed fields, but most of it is flat because that is Norfolk." 

Essex football team news

Southend United said they will check on the fitness of Jason Demetriou at training today. The full-back missed Tuesday's win at Coventry.

Jason Demetriou
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But Adam Thompson and Simon Cox are both expected to be available for the League One match with Walsall on Saturday. 

Colchester United are waiting to see if they can include Richard Brindley in their squad to travel to Crewe in League Two. The defender has been out for two weeks with a calf muscle injury.

Two elderly patients taken to hospital after A1151 collision

Two people were taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision to the north of Norwich just before midday.

Road and air ambulance crews treated three people on the A1151 Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

One elderly patient was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and another elderly person, who had a rib and arm injury, was flown there.

The third person was discharged at the scene uninjured.

Mother fears missing girl 'met someone from the internet'

The mother of missing girl Kennedy Palmer says after conversations with her daughter's friends, she fears she may have met someone online.

Nicola Palmer said: "I asked her friends and they think she'd been talking to a boy on the internet. It really scares me that she might have gone off and met somebody.

Kennedy Palmer
Nicola Palmer

She revealed she was beside herself with worry and had been driving around the estates of Ipswich and Woodbridge looking for her until the early hours of this morning. 

She also said her disappearance was out-of-character and that there had been no row or argument. 

Kennedy is white, around 5ft 3ins tall (1.6m), of slim build and has a distinctive hairstyle, with long hair on one side and shaved on the other side. 

Police say her hair is now brown all over, so slightly different from some of the photographs of her. She was wearing a light blue T-shirt, navy jumper and dark trousers when she was last seen.

Meanwhile police say work is being carried out to locate her, but ask that anyone who might have seen her or with any information call them on 101.

Canaries' boss 'firmly in the dark'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

BreakingGilbert cancels gig

Gilbert O'Sullivan has cancelled his concert at Ipswich's Corn Exchange on Saturday.

O'Sullivan, 70, who had a string of hits in the 1970s, has a serious cold and chest infection.

It's been rescheduled for Sunday, 10 September.

Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Mother 'just so worried' over daughter's disappearance

The mother of a teenage girl missing from her home in Kesgrave since yesterday morning says she's beside herself with worry. 

Kennedy Palmer, 15, was last seen at 08:00 on Thursday when she left for school, and she didn't arrive there. 

Her mother Nicola says her disappearance is completely out of character.

She said: "She was in a great mood, it's been really strange, we don't even understand why she's gone or what's happened. She's been really good, there wasn't any argument.

Kennedy Palmer
Nicola Palmer

"I've been awake all night - I didn't get home until 01:00 this morning, I've been driving around looking for her.

"I've been around Martlesham and Woodbridge, I've asked all the friends, and all the boys she hangs around with, and the police know.

"I'm just so worried."

A47 'crucial to Norfolk' says Transport Secretary

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The launch of the Conservatives manifesto for the forthcoming county council elections at County Hall earlier was attended by the transport secretary Chris Grayling.

He heard how the party is promising the complete the NDR, to join up with the A47 to the west of Norwich.

Mr Grayling described the A47 as "a crucial link for Norfolk" and hinted at further improvements on top of those which have already been announced. 


          Chris Grayling standing in front of a map of Norfolk, inside County Hall
BBC

"This is a project that will have to happen in stages, but as that programme rolls forward it will build into a modern road which Norfolk needs.

"The A47 is crucial to the county... it's the link from Great Yarmouth and Norwich to the rest of the country, that's why it needs to be improved."

The other main parties in Norfolk support upgrading the A47 and other road improvements, but the Conservatives are the first to promise to complete the NDR.   

Pledge to complete missing link of NDR

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Conservatives have launched their manifesto for this year's county council elections in Norfolk with a promise that they'll complete the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich if they retain power.

Council leader Cliff Jordan said: "We must complete the western link to ensure that traffic is taken off the busy roads in Norwich and is able to run more smoothly and quickly".

The new road, which is due to open later this year will run from the A47 at Postwick to the east of Norwich, round to the A1067 north of Taverham. The final link, through the Wensum Valley, to join the A47 at Easton was scrapped following concerns from environmental groups and local residents.

Route of NDR from Postwick to Taverham
Norfolk County Council/Crown copyright

In their manifesto, the Conservatives are also promising to protect front line services, keep down costs and invest in repairing and upgrading the county's roads.  

Southend Pier extension plans submitted

Proposals to expand the entrance to Southend Pier have been submitted to local planners.

Southend Pier
Google

Southend Council , which owns the pier, has earmarked £300,000 in its budget for the scheme which would see the pier entrance re-modelled to provide space for exhibitions, refreshments and ice creams.

If approved it is hoped the re-design will take place later this year. 

The council has said it would offer a much more attractive, modern and larger entrance to the pier, helping to attract more visitors to the seafront and the iconic landmark.

Councillor Ann Holland said: "By proposing these improvements, which would be part of a continued and multi-million pound investment in the pier, we hope to make the entrance more attractive and appealing to visitors, and help develop a sustainable income for years to come."

'Turf war leading to rise in knife crime'

A surge in knife crime in Ipswich is down to a "turf war", according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tim Passmore made the comments to the county council's full meeting. He'd been questioned on the recent high profile crimes in the town.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
BBC

Mr Passmore told councillors he shared their concerns, and admitted there'd been a surge in knife crime in Ipswich. He said some of it was a turf war between different groups and linked to drugs.

He went on to say the police with working with the National Crime Agency and police forces in London, as well as the Transport Police to understand what was going on.

Update on A1151 closure

Earlier we told you of the two-vehicle collision which led to the closure of the Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

A short while ago, Norfolk Police tweeted that traffic will soon be allowed through.

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'Fabulous' to be Canaries boss, but 'I won't apply'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Alan Irvine has been answering questions about his future at Norwich City at the regular Friday press conference.

He's been caretaker manager since Alex Neil's sacking last Friday .

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Silver Cup day at Fakenham races

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Fakenham Racecourse hosts its annual Silver Cup this afternoon. 

The Neil Mulholland-trained Whispering Storm is the favourite to win the race which is due off at 16:00. 

Fakenham racecourse
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The first race is at 14:00 - part of a six race card which traditionally takes place on the same day as the Cheltenham Gold Cup

All the action from Cheltenham will be shown on big screen at Fakenham. 

Ipswich Town: Bru and Moore doubtful

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Midfielder Kevin Bru (pictured) and striker Kieffer Moore could miss Ipswich Town's trip to Cardiff City tomorrow .

Kevin Bru
Getty Images

The pair haven't trained this week with Bru suffering from a knee injury and Moore a groin problem.

David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence both returned to training on Wednesday and should be ok.

One definite absentee is Emyr Huws who isn't eligible to play against his parent club, although he's also been struggling with a tight hamstring.

Cardiff's Bruno Manga could be in their team for the first time since January after he injured himself while on African Nations Cup duty for Gabon.

Two charged after M25 Waltham Abbey road death

Two people have been charged in connection with a road crash last year in which a Leicestershire woman died.A Nissan Note car and a HGV were involved in a collision on the M25 at Waltham Abbey on 29 March.

Laura Cooper, 34, who was one of the passengers in the car, died in hospital on 2 April.

Meanwhile another passenger in the Nissan, a 17-year-old girl from London, was injured.A 62-year-old HGV driver from Telford was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.A 32-year old woman from south-east London was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.Both are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 12 April.  

'Some positivity' at Norwich City

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Alan Irvine takes his first managerial media conference

Norwich City face Barnsley at Carrow Road in the Championship on Saturday.

With Alex Neil's sacking last Friday, caretaker manager Alan Irvine is hosting his first Friday lunchtime press call:

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Remaining cloudy with the chance of showers later

That early morning sunshine didn't hang around for long, and it's now a rather dull and cloudy spring day.

It'll remain overcast, with outbreaks of rain expected in a few places by the evening.

Temperatures reaching a maximum of 10C (50F).

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Early morning sunrise over the sea
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White blossom with a few green leaves
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          Woodland, with a small clump of daffodils growing among the trees
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Police release images after shooting at boxing event

Essex Police have released images of people they'd like to speak to who might have information about a shooting in Brentwood. 

There are a lot of them...

Pictures of the public at the match
Essex Police

A 31-year-old was injured after a boxing event at the Brentwood Centre on Doddinghurst Road at about midnight on Saturday, 18 February.

Police want to hear from anyone in the crowd who may have useful information.

Pictures of the public at the match
Essex Police

 A 32-year-old man is currently on police bail having been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Pictures of the public at the match
Essex Police

Investigators have also released photos of specific individuals they would like to talk to:

Brentwood Centre crowd members
Essex Police

Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings said: "Although we have made an arrest... we are releasing a number of photographs of people who were attending a boxing event at the venue that evening, who might have seen what happened or have vital information.

"We would also ask their friends or relatives to let us know who they are so that they can be eliminated from our inquiries."Any piece of information, however small you may think it is, could help our investigation."

A1151 closed north of Norwich

A collision between two vehicles means the A1151 Wroxham Road is closed at Rackheath, to the north of Norwich.

Norfolk Police are advising motorists to avoid the area. Emergency services, including the air ambulance, are at the scene.

The First Bus 12 service is suspended between Sprowston Tesco and Wroxham.

Cheerful 'quackers' tweet from Stowmarket police

Horse retrieved from ditch after being stuck in silt and sludge

Essex Fire Service's animal rescue unit have helped remove a horse from a ditch in Jaywick. 

The horse's hind legs were stuck in silt and sludge and its head was just above the water level in the ditch near Aragon Close.

Horse being rescued by fire fighters
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

A vet was called to sedate the horse and the owner and a farmer held the horse’s head out of the water.

Meanwhile, crews used strops and ropes which they attached to the horse and a tractor and pulled it from the ditch.

When crews left the site, the horse was "comfortable and grazing again".