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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for today and the week.

We'll be back again to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

Until then, here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've been covering:

  • Drug dealer is jailed for life for murdering Norwich man
  • Muslim students express anger over plans to close UEA prayer facility
  • Norwich City confirm five friendlies over the summer

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Essex Live team on Friday.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

These are some of the stories we've covered today:

  • Search for murdered teenager's body called off
  • Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint
  • PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend in between any showers.

That's it folks, we're signing off

The team here is starting the long (for some) journey home, but we hope you've enjoyed reading our news updates during the week as much as we've enjoyed writing them.

If you've been with us all day, you'll know exactly what's been going on across the county.

If you're just joining us, then scroll down and you can be equally well informed.

Enjoy your weekend - whatever you're doing.

We look forward to your company again from 08:00 on Monday.

Vulnerable man took own life after dressing gown cord overlooked

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A vulnerable man who died after hanging himself at a mental health unit in Essex was "failed by the state", an inquest jury has concluded.

Richard Wade, 30, died in May 2015 after being found on the floor of a shower room at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford.

His inquest heard how staff who should have looked after him failed to remove a dressing gown cord that he used to take his own life.

Linden Centre
Google

Essex Police is investigating a number of deaths at the centre since 2000.

The Essex NHS Trust said the history of serious incidents at the Linden Centre was of "great concern". It added it was "improving systems to ensure that investigations are carried out rigorously".

After an inspection of the Linden Centre in August 2015 by the Care Quality Commission, inspectors reported that "one patient attempted to strangle themselves with a ligature". A year later they found safety was still a concern.

"The trust must ensure that action is taken to remove identified ligature risks," a report said.

Communities urged to be vigilant after six burglaries in one day

Six properties in the west of the county were targetted by burglars yesterday, prompting police to remind communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

  • Rede: Resident returned home and disturbed offender, who fled in a dark-coloured hatchback car
  • Rede: Window forced open, not yet known if anything was stolen
  • Mildenhall: Jewellery and cash stolen
  • Barrow: Window forced open and laptop stolen
  • Hargrave: Window forced open and safe and computer stolen
  • West Row: Intruder alarm activated, police arrived to find a silver Land Rover Discovery had been stolen

The first five burglaries took place during daylight hours. Police say they're keeping an "open mind" about whether the crimes are linked.

Victim of Barnham collision named

A woman who died following a crash on the A134 at Barnham earlier this week has been named as 47-year-old Helen Lovegrove, from Thetford.

Ms Lovegrove, of Magdalen Street in the town, was a passenger in a Skoda Octavia that was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa, at about 10:45 on Wednesday.

A woman in her early 20s, from the Dereham area, who was the driver of the Corsa, remains in a serious condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining leg and internal injuries.

A man, in his 50s and from the Thetford area, was driving the Skoda and received treatment at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

ITFC 'aware' of motoring charges against Kevin Bru

A spokesman for Ipswich Town Football Club has told us: "We are aware of the motoring charges against Kevin and, with this being an ongoing court matter, we won't be commenting further at this point."

Mr Bru has been charged with a number of motoring offences, including speeding on the A12 and A14 on three separate occasions last year.

Kevin Bru
Getty Images

Search for murdered teenager's body called off

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A search for the body of Danielle Jones, who was murdered in 2001, has been called off, after nothing was found.

Police have been at a garage area in Stifford Clays, Grays, for five days since new information came to light about the 15-year-old's death.

Danielle Jones
Family photograph

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron said: "We were at this site acting on a credible line of inquiry following the information passed to us in February.

"Forensic searches have been completed along with investigations using ground penetrating radar and lastly searches using a specialist search dog.

"I completely stand by my decision to search this area. Not to search would have meant there would always have been a question mark over whether Danielle's body could have been buried here.

"I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this week has been for Danielle's family. Our activity here has reopened old wounds and thrust them in to the media spotlight again.

"The next steps for us will be to review the case and determine whether there are any other investigative avenues for us to take."

The girl's uncle, Stuart Campbell, was jailed for life for her kidnap and murder in 2002. He failed in an appeal against conviction three years later.

Danielle was last seen at a bus stop near her home in East Tilbury on 18 June 2001.

Fly-tippers are 'scum', deputy council leader says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The deputy leader of Basildon Borough Council, Kevin Blake, has told BBC Essex that fly-tippers are putting lives at risk, after asbestos was found in a large amount of rubbish dumped near to the Wat Tyler Country Park.

Other industrial waste was left along with used nappies and even human waste.

The offenders also knocked over two bee hives, killing more than 250,000 bees according to their keeper.

"These people could put lives at risk," he said. "Action should be taken because they're costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

"I make no apology for saying this but they are scum, the lowest of the low, and should be stopped."

Latest figures show during the 12 months to April 2016, there were more than 4,000 fly-tipping incidents in Basildon, costing over £125,000 to clear up, Mr Blake said.

Space rockers return to Ipswich for first time in 20 years

Veteran rockers Hawkwind return to Ipswich for the first time since 1996 this Sunday - a surprisingly long break considering they played at the town's Regent Theatre almost every year in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Hawkwind giglist shows they came to what was then the Gaumont annually between 1975 to 1986, with only a gap in 1983, which must be some sort of record.

Last time they played here was at Ipswich Corn Exchange in 1996, and that's where they are again this weekend in support of their new album Into The Woods.

Hawkwind
Hawkwind at the Mojo Awards in 2010, with mainstay Dave Brock in the centre

Protest at UEA over Muslim prayer space

A protest has been held at the University of East Anglia today against the closure of a Muslim prayer space.

Non-Muslim students linked arms nearby to show their support.

UEA Muslim prayers
BBC

The move comes just days before Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and religious focus for the Muslim community.

Muslim students at the UEA say they were given no notice of the closure - or offered an alternative area in which to worship.

In a statement, the UEA said it was in ongoing discussions with the Islamic Society to ensure appropriate faith provision on campus.

UEA mayor prayers
BBC

Davis makes weight at third attempt

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The American boxer Gervonta Davis has finally made the weight for his IBF World Super Featherweight title fight with Cromer's Liam Walsh - after three attempts.

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Davis took to the scale in London and weighed-in two ounces above the 130 pounds (59 kg) limit.

A second trip to the scales still showed him one ounce above. The third visit was successful.

There was no such drama for Walsh, who commented that it was "unprofessional" to not make the desired weight on the first attempt.

Illegal bus route drivers to face £60 fines

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Drivers illegally using the buses, bikes and taxis only route under the railway bridge in Duke Street, Chelmsford, will soon face fines of up to £60.

An enforcement camera is set to be installed next week to deter drivers from using the cut through, which has been illegal since October 2011.

Bus gate
Google

Signage and road markings are currently being upgraded to help make drivers more aware of the restrictions.

A section of Duke Street will be closed on 22 May, between 23:30 and 05:00, for 50 metres either side of the railway bridge.

Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Ipswich Town footballer faces motoring charges

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has been charged with a number of motoring offences, including speeding on the A12 and A14 on three separate occasions last year.

Kevin Bru
Getty Images

He's also been accused of refusing to say who was driving the car at the time, and three offences of driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The case has been adjourned until next month, when Mr Bru is due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich.

Ipswich Jazz Festival returns

The three-day Ipswich Jazz Festival, which is being held for the second time after the inaugural event in 2015, takes place next month at venues across the town.

Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band will open the festival at the Manor Ballroom on Friday, 23 June.

The venue for Saturday night is St Peter's by the Waterfront, where artists include John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe (pictured).

Vimala Rowe and John Etheridge
John Etheridge

The Back to Basie orchestra, who have been voted best British Big Band at the British Jazz Awards six times, will close the event on Sunday, 25 June.

There'll also be workshops, music photography, exhibitions and film screenings, as well as a variety of pub gigs.

PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A police officer who used "excessive force and abusive language" when restraining a man has received a final written warning for gross misconduct.

The incident happened in Braintree on 2 May and the officer, PC Grant Snow, was found at a hearing yesterday to have breached Essex Police's standards of professional behaviour.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: "I see police officers and police staff across Essex displaying professionalism, bravery and restraint in dealing with extremely challenging and often dangerous situations every single day.

"However, on this occasion, despite some provocation, the officer's actions fell below the very high standards the public and the force expect."

'Exhausted' racing pigeon lands on off-shore rig

A racing pigeon is recovering after it landed on an off shore oil rig, before it was shipped back to shore on a supply vessel.

The pigeon with one of the crew from the FS Kristiansand
RSPCA

Once the vessel had docked at the harbour yesterday morning, RSPCA Inspector Emily Astillberry met with the crew of the FS Kristiansand to collect the bird, before taking him up to the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital in East Winch, Norfolk.

Ms Astillberry said: "This poorly pigeon has had quite the journey.

"We suspect he had become lost and as he ventured further out to sea, became more and more exhausted.

"The oil rig was probably a welcome pit-stop to rest up, but when the crew found him, he was in a bad way and unable to fly."

She said she hopes the bird will be reunited with its owner soon. The RSPCA did not know the location of the oil rig.

The FS Kristiansand
RSPCA

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather Watchers

Showers will continue to hit different parts of the county throughout the afternoon, before bright intervals develop later.

This morning was characterised by angry skies, as our Weather Watchers' pictures show. Clouds gathered for the deluge which will gradually become lighter towards evening.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

More details from BBC Weather:

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Drug dealing 'ends lives', says judge

A judge sentencing a dealer who stabbed a man six times and left him to die has described the drugs trade as "evil".

As we've been reporting, drug-runner Hassiem Baqir, 20, from Thornton Heath, has been jailed for life for murdering Steve Stannard from Norwich.

Mr Stannard was found dead outside his Bowers Avenue home on 5 November.

Baqir, who was found guilty yesterday, was told he must serve at least 20 years before he is considered for parole.

Sentencing him today at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said Baqir had "showed a callous indifference" to Mr Stannard's fate after he had been stabbed.

He told him: "You left him bleeding to death on the ground and made no attempt then or later to summon help."

The judge said the sale of drugs was "an evil trade that blights and ends live".

Cricket: Woolpit hoping more Suffolk games will follow

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

History will be made on Sunday when Woolpit Cricket Club hosts its first Minor Counties match.

Woolpit Cricket Club
Suffolk Cricket Board

After spending £152,000 revamping their pavilion, the club will stage Suffolk against Bedfordshire in the Unicorns Trophy.

Club captain Tim Parker is hoping it's the first of many such matches at the ground, with the ultimate aim to host a Minor Counties Championship fixture.

"I think the Suffolk board will be measuring things on how it goes on Sunday, but I see no reason, with our facilities now, why we couldn't host a three-day game," he told BBC Suffolk Sport.

Cricket: Suffolk skipper out to repay coach's faith

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

On Sunday Suffolk will be aiming to bounce back from their recent defeat at Buckinghamshire and reach the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Trophy.

They're up against Bedfordshire in their final Group Four fixture at Woolpit, knowing a win could see them progress on run-rate.

"We weren’t good enough against Bucks and deserved to lose," said captain Adam Mansfield (pictured). "There are no excuses from us and we’re hoping to put in a better performance.

"A few of us, myself included, need to take some responsibility and repay the faith coach Andy Northcote has put in us."

Adam Mansfield
Suffolk County Cricket Board

Family 'respects' life sentence for murderer

The family of a man who was murdered have said they "respect" the life prison sentence handed to his drug-dealing killer.

As we've reported, Hassiem Baqir, 20, of Thornton Heath, was found guilty of murdering 38-year-old Steve Stannard, who was found dead outside his home in Norwich on 5 November.

He has been told he must serve at least 20 years before he is considered for parole.

A spokesman for Mr Stannard's family said: "We respect the decision of the court and would like to request privacy at this time to continue to grieve as a family after the sad loss of our much loved Stevie.

"We will try and move on as best we can and hope that our wishes can be respected during this difficult time."

Parents angry that abusive carer received a 'shoplifter's sentence'

The parents of a young mother who was held in an arm lock by Mavis Offei, a carer at a Benfleet nursing home, are angry she received a suspended "shoplifter's" prison sentence.

Offei was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after she held Hollie Turner, who suffered a rare type of cancer that left her with symptoms of dementia, in 2015.

Ms Turner has since died.

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Maggs joins ranks at The Haberden

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Irish international Kevin Maggs has joined the coaching team at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.

Kevin Maggs
bserufc.co.uk

The 42-year-old won 70 caps for Ireland during his playing career, and is now a regional talent coach for the IRFU.

Maggs will continue in that role, as well as becoming Bury's Pro-Am director on a part-time basis.

He will also work alongside new head coach Jon Clarke at the Haberden, providing coaching, game and player analysis, and support with recruitment.

"It's a club with great facilities and huge potential," said Maggs. "I look forward to working with Jon and the team on their continued journey."

Drug runner jailed for life for murder

A drug-runner from London has been jailed for life for murder and must serve 20 years before being considered for parole.

Hassiem Baqir (pictured), 20, from Thornton Heath, was found guilty of murdering 38-year-old Steve Stannard, who was found dead outside his home in Norwich on 5 November.

Hassiem Baqir
Norfolk Constabulary

A post-mortem examination revealed he had been stabbed six times, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Baqir travelled from London to Norwich to deal drugs from Mr Stannard's flat in Bowers Avenue.

Mr Stannard was described to the court as a class A drug user with a chaotic lifestyle. He had become involved in drug dealing from his home - a criminal act called "cuckooing".

Police found a knife in a bin in nearby Gresham Road and tests linked blood on the blade to Mr Stannard, and a DNA profile for Baqir.

Det Ch Insp Marie James said: "We will never know the true events leading up to Steve Stannard's death but this case demonstrates the dangerous consequences drug-related crime can have."

Rail lines remain blocked after freight train break down

After a freight train broke down near Brentwood earlier today, Greater Anglia is saying some lines are still blocked.

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Heart attack patient thanks paramedic who saved his life

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An 81-year-old man who survived a heart attack and 15 defibrillator shocks on the way to hospital has personally thanked one of his life savers.

David Walkden was watching the Formula 1 Grand Prix at home in Thorpe Le Soken in November when he developed severe chest pains.

Sheena and David
EEAST

Paramedic Sheena Bumphrey and emergency care assistant Jason Purvis, from the East of England Ambulance Service, answered the 999 call but David's condition deteriorated en route to Basildon Hospital and the ambulance stopped at the roadside to begin advanced life support.

He was given 15 shocks using a defibrillator as part of the treatment to keep him alive.

Ms Bumphrey said: "This will be a job that will live with me forever; I honestly thought he wouldn't survive. But to see him now is a testament to his strength and the excellent team effort of all involved on that day."

David, who has now been fitted with two stents, said: "Thank you isn't enough; I feel humbled by what they did. Without them, I wouldn't be standing here now."

Ports, bees and poppies

ABP, which operates Lowestoft and Ipswich ports, has signed up to a wildflower initiative from Kew Gardens - pledging to plant wildflower seeds across its network of ports.

Lucy Firman, from the Port of Lowestoft, said: "We are happy to be doing our bit to support the environment.

"We have planted five kits of seeds and even put up several bee homes."

Wild flowers
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Caring builders build bridges

Lynn News

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Lynn News
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Diss reaping the rewards of their fresh approach

Diss Express

Here's the back page of today's Diss Express:

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Abattoir investigated over horse slaughter

Diss Express

Here's the front of today's Diss Express:

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Ipswich Town to face Colchester United this summer

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Wroxham Football Club's name in lights at Wembley

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Wroxham Football Club have been gracing Wembley Stadium, along with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

To mark 10 years since the famous ground was redeveloped, the Wembley arch has been lit up in the colours of every team to have played there since 2007.

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Wroxham made the FA Vase final in 2010. Norwich City's name also features. You can find your favourite team here.

Man airlifted to hospital after collision on B1084

Further to our earlier news of a vehicle colliding with a tree on the B1084 between Sudbourne and Orford, the ambulance service has now told us a man, believed to be in his 30s, has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital following the incident.

The man, who has a serious pelvic injury, was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Norwich City confirm five friendlies

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have announced five pre-season friendlies for the summer.

The Canaries will play Brighton, who are managed by former boss Chris Hughton, at Carrow Road on Saturday 29 July in their final warm-up match ahead of the new Championship season.

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Norwich will visit Lowestoft Town, Stevenage, Charlton Athletic and Cambridge United during July.

Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

A care worker found guilty of neglect at a Benfleet nursing home has been given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Mavis Offei, 64, put 21-year-old Hollie Turner (pictured) in an arm lock to restrain her during a row in 2015. This went against an instruction banning the use of force in the patient's care plan.

Hollie Turner
Family photograph

Ms Turner, a mother, suffered from a rare cancer which left her with symptoms of dementia. She was treated at Parklands Nursing Home in Benfleet and has since died.

Her father, Ray, has said checks on staff need to be tightened to prevent anything similar happening again.

Offei, who told Basildon Crown Court she was unaware of the 'do not use force' requirement in the care plan, has also been told to do 300 hours unpaid work and to pay £300 in costs.