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Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Our live coverage has now come to an end for the day - and for the week.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've brought you today which you can scroll down for:

  • Murderer given 28-year jail term
  • Norfolk hospital hit by cyber attack
  • More than 1,600 drivers caught speeding

Have a good weekend, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Our live coverage across the day - and the week

That's it for another week from the Suffolk Live team.

It's been a day of light and shade - we began the day with the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of Hollesley teenager Luke Durbin, reported the rescue of a bird of prey from netting on a building in Ipswich, and shared a photograph of the woman expecting Corrie Mckeague's baby.

The day has ended with GP surgeries having to shut down their computers because of a cyber-attack affecting the NHS, and major delays for rail travellers between Ipswich and Norwich.

Scroll down to read more on these and other stories.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, we hope you have a relaxing time.

See you on Monday from 08:00, when we should have pictures of the Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree which takes place on Saturday afternoon at Chelmondiston on the south bank of the River Orwell.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for another week from the BBC Local Live: Essex team.

Scroll down for today's news, highlights of which include:

  • Pedestrian in his 70s killed after a car leaves the road in St Osyth
  • Man appears in court to plead not guilty to murdering a Bulgarian teenager in Rettendon
  • Cyber attacks affect Essex hospitals

Our regular updates resume on Monday at 08:00. Have a great weekend.

Man dies in car crash on Canvey

Essex Police say a 69-year old man has died after his car crashed into a wooden fence on Canvey Island.

His orange Daewoo Matiz went off Central Wall Road at about 14:30 on Thursday.

The man was taken to Basildon Hospital, but couldn't be saved.

Police said no other vehicles were involved, but they're appealing for witnesses on 01245 240590.

Bird of prey free again...

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The bird of prey, which got caught up in netting (twice) in Ipswich town centre was freed again...

Fire crews were called to the Lloyds Bank building on the Cornhill and first released it at about 13:00.

It flew around a bit, but then managed to get snared up in the anti-pigeon netting soon after.

Stall-holders told me the bird was last spotted on the roof of the building... but I couldn't see it from ground level.

Cornhill, Ipswich with market in the foreground

The bird had bells on it, so we believe it has a keeper who is hired to scare other birds away from property.

We'd love to talk to you, so please use the "Get involved" button at the top of this page to get in touch with us....

General election 2017 nomination papers in

With all the general election 2017 candidates' nominations papers in, we've collected together links to where you can find full information from the returning officers in the 18 Essex constituencies:

The election takes place on Thursday, 8 June.

From the archives: Children watch the races for free

Back on 13 May 1955, this group of children were snapped watching the horse racing through a fence at Newmarket:

Children watch horseracing through gaps in the fence
Getty Images

Plea for foodbank donations

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A foodbank says it's in need of more supplies and is too dependent on the same people making donations.

Demand for parcels from the Great Yarmouth Foodbank has soared - in April it gave out more than 1,700 packs, compared to 800 in January.

The Salvation Army Citadel is one of the groups involved in the town's foodbank, and its community manager Alan Smith tells me they've had so many people coming in for parcels, that supplies have run very low.

"There's a whole range of stuff we're after - anything in tins - meat and vegetables, packets of food, baked beans... stuff that can be stored for a long time."

Alan Smith, standing at the open boot of a car, with boxes of milk cartons and a shopping bag

They get some of their supplies from local supermarkets, and Alan says they also rely on the generosity of the community.  

People think about giving food at harvest festival time and Christmas time, but there's a long time between Christmas and summer time... we're always grateful for food to come in."

Alan SmithSalvation Army

Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map

It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

Bikers invited to take part in funeral

An appeal is being made for bikers to take part in a funeral escort for an Ipswich man who died in a motorbike crash last month. 

Rob Stewart, 26, from Maudslay Road in the Whitehouse area, died on 29 April after being involved in a collision on Henley Road in Akenham. 

His partner Julia Day, who made the appeal, is expecting their daughter at the end of July and Rob was stepfather to her two other children.

Murder victim's family 'forever... broken'

The brother of Brian Heed, found murdered at his Dereham home earlier this year, says the family's life has been "sadly changed forever".

In a personal victim statement, Leslie Heed said: "The day will never leave me and will haunt me always. 

"This barbaric act is indescribable and inexcusable. To die for so little gain just doesn't make sense to any of us. Our family is now forever... broken."

Mr Heed was found in the hallway of his Boyd Avenue home on Sunday, 5 February. A post mortem examination showed that the 69-year-old had been subjected to a significant sustained knife attack.

At Norwich Crown Court today, Richard Alan Beane (pictured), 49, of Brunswick Close in Dereham, was jailed for 28 years.

Police custody image of Richard Beane
Norfolk Police

Some of the dead man's personal belongings were found dumped in the countryside.

GP practices told to shut down computer systems

GP practices across Suffolk have been told to shut down their computer systems as a precaution, following what's thought to be a cyber-attack affecting NHS services across England.

The advice has come from the clinical commissioning groups in both east and west Suffolk, a spokesman said.

We've checked with both Ipswich Hospital and the West Suffolk Hospital, and neither is affected by the attack.

NHS cyber attack hits Paget

The James Paget University Hospital is among those affected by a major cyber attack, which is disabling IT systems at hospitals across the UK.

The Gorleston hospital has confirmed it has implemented a paper system instead of computers, and is following a well-trodden emergency plan.

In the other two A&E hospitals serving Suffolk, both Ipswich and West Suffolk believe they are unaffected. 

Cyber attack hits Norfolk hospital

The James Paget University Hospital is among those affected by a major cyber attack, which is affecting IT systems at hospitals across the UK.

The Gorleston hospital has confirmed it has implemented a paper system instead of computers, and is following a well-trodden emergency plan.

Sign for james Paget University Hospital

Both the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have reported that they are so far unaffected.

Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the link between GPs and other healthcare providers - says while it's not been affected, it has followed national NHS advice to turn off its computers and use paper instead, as have other CCG's in north and south Norfolk.

NHS cyber attacks affecting Essex hospitals

NHS hospitals across the UK have been hit by cyber attacks affecting their IT systems.

Among those affected elsewhere are the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and hospitals in Blackburn, Blackpool, Nottingham and Carlisle.

In Essex, Colchester General and Broomfield in Chelmsford has confirmed they are affected. Southend said it was not directly affected, while other hospitals were still checking.

Trust re-launching ahead of new season

Ipswich Town 1st, the independent supporters trust, is looking for more fans to get involved as it plans a re-launch ahead of the start of next season.

Portman Road

'A cold and callous' murder

Brian Heed, who'd just turned 69, had been the victim of a sustained, brutal attack at the hands of Richard Beane.

Det Ch Insp Marie James, who led the investigation into the murder, says the crime was "cold and callous" and officers who went to his Boyd Avenue home were met by a "horrific scene".

Police vehicle at Mr Boyd's home

Mr Heed was well-known and well-liked, an active member of his community in Dereham.

At Norwich Crown Court, Judge Stephen Holt handed down a 28-year jail term to 49-year-old Beane, a sentence which Ms James says is "pleasing", but will not make things better for Mr Heed's family.

It will take some time for them to come to terms with what has happened, but 28 years is a significant time and I hope that that will provide them with some form of closure, that justice will be served... Mr Beane is going to be an incredibly older man before he's entitled to be given any sort of parole."

Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk Police

Darts: Wright looking forward rather than back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has put last night's disappointment in Aberdeen immediately behind him.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 47-year-old from Mendham was pipped to the Premier League Winner's Bonus as Michael van Gerwen finished top of the table at the end of the regular season.

Wright is now focusing on next Thursday's Finals Night at London's O2 Arena, where he'll come up against Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen.

"I've qualified for the top four for the first time and I'm happy with that.

"I'm pinching myself thinking that I'm in that top four - it's crazy. My form's coming and I've got another week to get it right for the O2."

Lifeguards return to beaches

RNLI lifeguards will be returning to beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk to keep visitors safe.

Following intensive training, they'll return to duty this weekend at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Gorleston and Sea Palling. 

A fortnight later, on 27 May, they'll be on patrol at Lowestoft South and Southwold North.

By 8 July, the charity will have lifeguards - in their distintive red and yellow uniforms - at 17 beaches across the two counties, from 10:00-18:00, seven days a week. 

Lifeguards lined up with their surf boards on a beach

Murderer given minimum 28-year jail term for stabbing man, 69

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 years for the murder of a pensioner in Dereham.

Brian Heed, 69, was found dead at his home on Boyd Avenue in February, Norwich Crown Court heard.

He'd been the victim of a sustained violent attack, with more than 100 separate injuries from a kitchen knife.

He was known to his attacker - Richard Beane - through Toftwood Social Club, the court heard. Days before the murder, Beane had gone to Mr Heed's home and attempted to steal money.

Police vehicle outside bungalows

Beane, 49, of Brunswick Close, was captured on CCTV on Friday, 3 February walking on foot with a plastic bag towards Mr Heed's home.

The bag was believed to have contained a kitchen knife taken from his home.

On Sunday, 5 February, discarded clothes along with personal belongings of Mr Heed were found dumped in the countryside.

Police officers went to Mr Heed's home where they discovered his body in the hallway. Later that evening, Beane was arrested at the social club.

Police tape at scene of crime

Speedway: Witches director delighted with debutant

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches new boy Nathan Greaves certainly caught the eye in last night's 59-32 victory over Scunthorpe Scorpions at Foxhall.

Nathan Greaves

The 19-year-old Yorkshireman scored eight points, including one heat win, and was even handed a ride in heat 15.

"I think it was good for Nathan [to get heat 15], it gave him another four laps," said Chris Louis, Witches' director of speedway. 

"For a first time out this year, in this league, on this track it was a great performance.

"Nathan was the best rider that we could've picked, with the points that we had, to replace Danyon [Hume] and he's proved tonight that I think we made the right choice."

Man arrested after van collides with parked vehicles

A man in his 20s has been arrested after a collision involving a van and a number of stationary vehicles in Newmarket.

Police received a number of calls from members of the public at about 01:40 reporting the collision in Churchill Court.

Officers arrived shortly afterwards, and discovered a silver Ford Transit van had collided with five parked vehicles - three cars and two vans.

A 27-year-old from the Cambridge area was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol. 

He was initially taken to hospital for a check-up and then brought to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, where he currently remains for questioning. 

Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre

Skating rink to reopen after sudden closure

The roller skating rink at Great Yarmouth's Marina Centre is to re-open to the public tomorrow.

Retroskate closed suddenly last month, with landlords Sentinel Leisure Trust citing legal issues as a reason to terminate the tenancy.

Gaynor Read, a director of the skate club, says they've now entered a new lease with the landlords, and it's business as usual.

The Retroskate site at Marine Centre

Both sides say they're pleased at how well negotiations have been conducted, and at the outcome achieved.

Stuart Everett, of Sentinel Leisure Trust, says they're pleased they were able to support the club in training at the venue in preparation for the British Championships during the period of talks, and wish them every success.

A red sky at night can mean rain too

I don't know how delighted shepherds would be with overnight rain, but these photographs taken by some of our BBC Weather Watchers last night might have led some people to expect a brighter start to the day than we had:

Red sky at Felixstowe docks
Sunset in Ipswich
Colourful sky in Sudbury

From the archives: New domes market unveiled at Pitsea 1969

Some 48 years ago this month, the new futuristic market at Pitsea, near Basildon - which comprises of four plastic-covered domes made of steel-pipe, each dome housing 52 stalls - was photographed.

Pitsea domes
Getty Images

The temporary new market place was constructed, with domes built in Sweden, when a flyover took the place of the old one.   

The domes were taken down towards the end of the 1970s after the market moved to a new site.

Corrie's girlfriend posts emotional message on Facebook

Kate Scotter

BBC News

The girlfriend of missing RAF Honington airman Corrie Mckeague, who revealed in January she is expecting his baby, has posted a message on Facebook saying how much she "loves and misses" him.

April Oliver's message on Facebook

She also shared a photograph of herself in the latter stages of pregnancy.

Ms Oliver, who had met Mr Mckeague via a dating site months before he went missing, is due to give birth in late spring/early summer.

April Oliver
April Oliver

House destroyed by fire in Downham

A house has been destroyed by a fire in the village of Downham near Chelmsford. Crews were called to School Road just after 11:00.

An investigation's started to try and work out what caused it. There are no reports of any injuries. 

The moon's a balloon

You can expect a full moon in Norwich tonight.

Two days ago there was a real one in the sky... but now there's another giant inflatable version hovering at The Forum.

Inflatable moon

It's there for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

A line-up of lunar-inspired music, dance and performance will take place beneath the moon from 18:00, ending with a mixed choir marking the ending of the day as night falls.

Inflatable moon

If you can't get there tonight, there's more tomorrow... including moon-themed workshops at 13:30, and performing arts students presenting a theatre piece on the history of the moon.

Inflatable moon

The arts festival begins today and continues until 28 May. Events are taking place at locations across the city.

Teenager given suspended sentence after armed robbery

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Stowmarket teenager who admitted threatening shop staff with an axe has been told he will be jailed if he misbehaves again.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Connor Higgins, 19, from Kent Road, had been dealing cannabis and had got himself into debt with his suppliers.

One Sunday morning in March, he went into the One Stop shop on Ipswich Road and asked for cash back. He was refused and was heard to say "if I don't get this money, I'm going to die". 

One Stop shop in Stowmarket

He returned a couple of minutes later, wearing a different top, his face partly covered, an axe in his hand, and asked staff for "all the cash in the tills".

Despite being told it "wasn't worth it' he asked again and was handed less than £100 in total. 

Higgins was recognised by shop staff, and police arrested him within an hour. 

He was sentenced to two years in prison for the robbery, and eight months for dealing cannabis, both suspended for two years. 

Six other offences were taken into consideration. 

Judge Rupert Overbury told him he must also do 200 hours of community work to pay back the community he stole from.

Sentencing him he said Higgins had no relevent previous convictions and he had "said sorry right from the start".

Mr Overbury said he had "acted through panic and stupidity" and that it was "in the public interest to suspend the sentence, so that he could demonstrate he could lead a useful life and behave himself".

He told him if he put another foot wrong, he would be jailed and it would be his own fault.

Fatal crash in St Osyth

Here is a picture of the crash in St Osyth yesterday afternoon, which killed a man who was on the pavement outside The Hoy pub.

Floral tributes to the victim, who was in his 70s and has been named locally as Ron Ramsey, have been left outside the pub today.

St Osyth pub crash

A 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital with what Essex Police called "serious, but not life-changing, injuries".

She was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is in police custody.

Forklift truck raiders rip out cash machine in Manningtree

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Raiders have ripped a cash machine out of a bank in Manningtree using a forklift truck.

Damage caused by theft of cash machine in Manningtree

Officers are investigating the theft at NatWest, at the junction of High Street and Brook Street, which happened at about 02:10 today.

A number of suspects wearing balaclavas were reported to have been seen to use a forklift truck to create a hole in the wall.

The cash machine was then pulled from the building.

Police chased three vehicles, which were seen travelling along Clacton Road into Dead Lane, Lawford.

These vehicles - a Toyota pick-up truck, a blue Audi and a black Ford Fiesta – were believed to be driven by the suspects.

Following this pursuit the Toyota pick-up truck and Fiesta were recovered, however the suspects made off in the blue Audi.

Site of theft

An Audi was later discovered in Wyncolls Road, Colchester and had been set alight.

The forklift was found in School Lane, Lawford, while the cash machine was found near to the Toyota, which had been abandoned.

Witnesses reported descriptions of two suspects, however due to the number of vehicles involved in the pursuit, it is believed there were more. 

One man was described as white, and was wearing a plain hoodie and jeans. 

The other man was described as stocky, and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms. 

Remains of machine

Fastest inshore lifeboat joins Norfolk RNLI

Happisburgh RNLI has taken delivery of the fastest inshore lifeboat in the search and rescue charity's fleet - the Atlantic 85.

  • It can reach a top speed of 35 knots (about 40mph)
  • Is powered by two 115hp 4-stroke engines
  • Can handle challenging open sea conditions - force 7 winds in daylight, force 6 at night
  • Ideal for rescues close to shore, near cliffs and rocks... and even inside caves
  • Can be beached in an emergency, without sustaining damage to engines

The Atlantic B was introduced into the fleet in 2005, and is gradually replacing the Atlantic 75.  

The Atlantic 85 at sea

The Atlantic 85 has room for more kit and for four crew members, compared to three on the Atlantic 75. 

But both have space for a high number of survivors.

Should the boat capsize, her engines are inversion-proofed and can be restarted once she's been righted.

The Happisburgh boat will be named Howard Bell, who was part of the RNLI in Harwich and is the main benefactor of the boat. 

Joan Mary, an Atlantic 75, is the current boat at Happisburgh - once she leaves, she will join the RNLI's relief fleet.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Cloud will clear this afternoon, to allow bright or sunny spells, followed by scattered showers.

These could turn heavy and thundery in places.

Feeling warm, with temperatures peaking at 19C (66F).

Storm clouds

Bird of prey stuck in netting again...

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The bird of prey, as yet unidentified, was released from the Lloyds Avenue building by fire crews at about 13:00.

This shows the bird when it was stuck above Lloyds Bank: 

Bird stuck in netting in Ipswich town centre
Fire crews on Ipswich's Cornhill

Crowds gathered to watch the unfolding drama:

Crowds watch bird of prey rescue on Ipswich's Cornhill

Once freed by the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the bird flew across the Cornhill and landed on the roof of the Old Post Office building.

Bird of prey on the Old Post Office, Ipswich

However, the bird then flew back across the square to the Lloyds Avenue building and got caught in the netting again, but higher up this time (circled):

Bird of prey on Lloyds Avenue building, Ipswich town centre

 Fire crews had left the scene by then, so the story continues.... 

Symptoms 'not picked up' at Harlow hospital

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been reporting the story of the Essex teenager who was left with irreversible brain damage caused by negligence at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital when she was 13 months old...

The girl's frantic mother told the Civil Appeal Court in London that her daughter's eyes were rolling as she was rushed to hospital by ambulance in September 2003.

Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital

But, after she arrived in A&E, the doctor failed to ask an "obvious question" - why the child had been brought to hospital in the early hours of the morning - and so did not learn of the symptoms of the eyes rolling.

The girl's damages claim was rejected by a judge in 2015, but the Court of Appeal today reversed that decision and ruled the trust liable.

Lady Justice Thirlwall, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Mrs Justice King, said: "The conclusion that the history-taking was not carried out to the standard to be expected of a competent senior house officer is inevitable."

Lord Justice Jackson said: "History-taking is a basic skill which hospital doctors at all levels are expected to possess.

"The fact that the girl's eyes had been rolling and unco-ordinated was the event that precipitated the hospital visit. The ambulance staff picked this up."

"I must acknowledge that junior hospital doctors work long hours under considerable pressure. 

"They are often involved in life and death decisions. "

BreakingFree as a bird....

The bird of prey which has been stuck in netting in Ipswich town centre has been freed.

More to follow.... we hope to find out for definite what species it is and where it's come from...

Three fire engines attend bird rescue

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

I'm at the Cornhill in Ipswich, where a big bird of prey is caught in the netting on the side of the Lloyds building.

For the last 10 minutes it's been eating a pigeon that's also caught up in the netting.

It's got some bells attached to its feet, I can see a tag on the back of it. We think it's a kite.

Down below there's quite a big crowd. A cordon has been put in place and we've got three fire engines, including one with a turntable ladder.

Bird rescue on Cornhill