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We've just worked out after Monday, we're going to have to wait another 91 days until our next bank holiday so we're heading home to start making the most of the long weekend as soon as we can.

If you're just joining us, or you've been dipping in and out of our coverage during the day, the best way of finding out exactly what's been happening across the county is to scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date.

Have an enjoyable weekend, whatever you've got planned, and set yourself a reminder to join us again on Tuesday from 08:00.

Greater Anglia warn of speed restrictions due to faulty level crossing

The four legs of the law...

Fire service urges people to remain vigilant as dry conditions continue

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant in preventing and spotting possible fires as the hot weather continues.

More than 30 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled a blaze in Thetford Forest yesterday afternoon.

Earlier this month crews were on the scene of a gorse fire in Southwold for more than 24 hours.

WWII Pacific War journal sells for £2,500 at auction

A midshipman's diary which includes covers a first-hand account of the last shots fired in the Pacific during World War Two, among other events. reached less than expected when it was auctioned recently.

The journal was expected to reach £3,000-£5,000 at Diss Auction Rooms' Militaria sale on Saturday, but made £2,500.

The diary was kept by John G Pike, who had lied about his age in order to join the war effort aged 16.

Young boy arrested following Stowmarket assault

A 12-year-old boy has been released under investigation, after being arrested in connection with an assault in Stowmarket on 19 May.

A man in his late teens told police he was walking through the recreation ground between 18:30 and 19:15 when he was approached by a boy who, following a brief exchange, threatened him with a knife.

He also said the boy punched him in the face before kicking him to the ground.

The boy was questioned at the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre before being released, pending further inquiries.

Police Investigation Centre
BBC

Two men jailed following armed robbery in Beccles

Jail sentences totalling more than 17 years have been handed down to two men following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beccles in September last year.

Kerron Turner and Aaron Knights
Suffolk Police

Kerron Turner (pictured left), 26, formerly of York Road in Great Yarmouth, and The Greenway in Beccles was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 years and 10 months.

Aaron Knights, 25, of no fixed abode but also formerly of York Road in Great Yarrrmouth, was sent to prison for six years, six months.

Turner was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent at a trial earlier in the year.

Knights had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Det Insp Simon Bridgland said: ""This was a frightening incident for the victim who was working at the jewellers at the time of the attack.

"He has shown great courage throughout and we’d like to thank him and other members of the public who got in touch to pass on information following the incident for their assistance."

New coalition could 'damage' Basildon Council says former deputy leader

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The former Conservative deputy leader of Basildon Council has said the new coalition's failure to appoint a leader could damage the authority.

Last night political leadership of Basildon Council switched from the Conservatives to a loose coalition of Labour, UKIP, Independence from the EU and Wickford independents.

Basildon Town Square
Ron Galliers/Geograph

The coalition has decided not to have a leader and have a committee system rather than a cabinet system.

Former deputy leader Kevin Blake told the BBC that the committee system slowed up the process of administering a council and the coalition of left wing and right wingers would lead to "confusion" in the governing of the council.

He added: "I don't know of any other council without a leader in the whole country. Why have they done this?"

Kerry Smith
PA

Councillor Mr Blake said in May next year the Conservatives hoped to regain control of the council.

Independence from the EU group councillor Kerry Smith (pictured above), a member of the coalition who chairing the housing committee, said the decision to take the key posts from the Conservatives was a rejection of the Tory administration being dominated by Billericay Conservative members.

He said the Conservatives allowed housing developments anywhere but Billericay.

"People put their political differences aside to revolt against the Billericay Conservatives," he said.

Mr Blake rejected the idea that Tories put Blillericay ahead of other parts of the authority area.

He added: "The only thing this coalition is going to give Billericay is more housing."

Water safety message for people visiting the Broads

Police are reminding people who visit the Broads and coastal areas over the Bank Holiday weekend that while a river may be a tempting way to cool off, the water can have hidden dangers.

PC Paul Bassham from Norfolk Constabulary's Broads Beat team said: "We want people to come and enjoy what the Broads has to offer, but to be aware of the risks and stay safe.

"There are many dangers that people may not necessarily see such as the change in depth, sudden decreases in temperature, unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.”

There's also a warning using boats: "We would like to remind those at the helm of a vessel that there are hefty fines for navigating when not in proper control of your boat whether this is due to taking drugs or being intoxicated.”

The lorry driver 'must be devastated'

A woman whose teenage daughter died after being hit by a lorry on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon says: "The lorry driver must be devastated, I can't imagine what he must be going through."

Michelle Whiting
Michelle Whiting

Michelle Whiting, from Beccles, is searching for answers about the mental health treatment 18-year-old Rachel Stoter received prior to her death.

Michelle added: "I think that if she was in such a frame of mind that she wanted to harm herself they should have put her in hospital and they should have kept her safe."

The James Paget Hospital, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

Mother of teenager who died on A47 'searches for answers'

The mother of a Lowestoft teenager, who died following a collision on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, is searching for answers from mental health professionals, about the treatment her daughter received just before the incident.

Rachel Stoter
Michelle Whiting

Rachel Stoter, 18, who'd suffered from mental health problems over the past few years, died at the James Paget Hospital on Monday night after she had been hit by a lorry shortly before 15:00.

It's understood she'd been treated at the hospital the day before the collision.

Her mother Michelle Whiting, who lives in Beccles, said: "As far as I'm aware she was released from hospital on Monday maybe half an hour, 40 minutes before the accident.

"She was walking from James Paget along the A47 away from the hospital.

"Why wasn't she put in hospital? Why weren't we called to go and pick her up? Why just release her on her own?"

Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and the James Paget have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Tories lose leadership of Basildon Council

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The political leadership of Basildon Council has switched from the Conservatives to a loose coalition of Labour, UKIP, Independence from the EU and Wickford independents.

Basildon
Terry Joyce/Geograph

No one party has overall control at Basildon with 19 Conservatives, nine Labour members, nine UKIP members, two Wickford independents and two from the Independence from the EU group.

The Conservatives had run the authority as the largest single party, but at a meeting last night the non-Tory councillors banded together to change the cabinet system to committee system and divide up the committee chairmanships between themselves.

Labour's Gavin Callaghan (pictured) has been elected chairman of the policy and resources committee - traditionally the post held by the leader of the council.

Gavin Callaghan
Labour Party

The other key chairmanships include senior members of Independence from the EU, UKIP and the Wickford independents.

Mr Callaghan said: "All of us need to commit ourselves to listening to what our constituents and our communities are saying and to making sound decisions based on good evidence and careful consideration. We will need to work together and listen to each other too."

The council had been led by Phil Turner of the Conservative group.

Your photos: Sunshine across the county

If you, like me, are stuck in the office with little chance of getting out into the glorious sunshine.... I hope you won't mind me sharing these BBC Weather Watchers' photos to remind you of what you're missing.

The North Sea sparkling in sunshine
BBC
Sunshine through trees
BBC
Norwich Cathedral spire against blue sky
BBC
Calm blue sea and yellow gorse
BBC
The river at Wroxham, with houses and several boats
BBC

How many shades of blue can a Suffolk sky be?

It doesn't really matter - the main thing, as these BBC Weather Watcher pics show us, is that it's not raining.

Blue sky in Stanningfield
BBC
Blue sky in Mendham
BBC
Blue sky in Bramfield
BBC

Essex County Cricket Club takes five wickets

BBC Sport

At lunch Surrey cricket club are 67 for five. The wickets were taken by Matt Quinn and Jamie Porter.

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Speedway: Witches head north in fine fettle

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says "everyone's confidence is really high" ahead of tomorrow night's Championship meeting at Workington.

Ipswich Witches
Stephen Waller

The Suffolk side will be at full strength as they aim for a third successive away win, following recent victories at Berwick and Scunthorpe.

“We are a stronger team than in the last couple of years and last week showed we have mental toughness about us," Hawkins told the club website.

"With the side we have we can win anywhere and we will be going there to get another three points on Saturday. We are not scared of Workington but we have a lot of respect for how they have started the season."

Brentwood woman chosen to chair major cats' charity

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Brentwood GP practice manager and garden designer has been elected as the new chairman of the UK's leading feline welfare charity.

Linda Upson and cat
Cats Protection

Linda Upson is now in charge at Cats Protection. She'll be leading the charity's nine volunteer trustees. It helps almost 200,000 cats each year.

Ms Upson said: “It is an honour to be chairman of Cats Protection and I am looking forward to continuing the projects started by my predecessor, Heather McCann.

"We will be increasing the number of adoption centres, volunteer run branches, and homing and information centres, as well as expanding our education programme to reach as many people as we can."

Cats Protection has a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 adoption centres.

Leiston boss keen to keep in-demand striker

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston manager Glenn Driver says top scorer Matt Blake (pictured) will only leave Victory Road this summer if the deal is right for both the club and the player.

Matt Blake
Leiston FC

There's almost certain to be interest in the 28-year-old after he took the Ryman Premier Division by storm last season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions.

"He's such a level-headed guy and he's signed a contract at Leiston and understands that we've put a transfer fee on his head, which he agrees with," Driver told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"If we're lucky enough to hold onto him I think he would accept that, but also, if we can push him on to a higher level then we'll encourage him to go on and do better things for himself as well."

Red Poll cattle coming to Colchester to control grass growth in country park

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A herd of Red Poll cattle has taken up residency in Colchester’s High Woods Country Park to help control the growth of grass to benefit flowers, and the insects, birds and mammals that depend on them.

Red Poll cattle
Essex County Council

As well as being one of Colchester’s beauty spots, the County Park has a combination of marshy areas, hayfields and scrubland, providing the perfect habitat for thousands of different birds, mammals and plant life.

Colchester Borough Council is working in partnership with Essex County Council, to deliver conservation grazing to benefit the local wildlife and landscape.

High Woods Country Park
Terry Joyce/ Geograph

Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: "We are delighted to be adding High Woods to our growing list of conservation grazing sites.

"We hope visitors will enjoy the sight of the cattle."

For more information on conservation grazing or to enquire about volunteering visit Legacy Grazing's website.

Celebrating women's role in brewing

Norwich is playing host to a beer festival with a difference this bank holiday, in celebration of women in the brewing industry.

For the fourth year, FEM.ALE returns to the city, with a collection of ales, lagers, stouts and porters from female-led breweries across the UK and beyond.

Erica Horton, one of the festival's directors, has done a lot of research into the history of brewing and the fermentation of drinks and says women were always at the heart of the industry.

"There's a stereotype in more contemporary times that beer is a drink for men, brewed by men and consumed by men and we're here to remind people that that's not the real history of beer... it's just a liquid and it's for everyone."

If you fancy a pint, get down to The Plasteres Arms in Cowgate - the event runs from today to 29 May.

The Plasterers Arms in Cowgate
Google

Bringing the safety message to the seafront

Police officers will be joining forces with the RNLI by opening a beach pod on Gorleston seafront to support the message of safety to beach visitors.

Visitors to the seaside town will get the chance to discuss any concerns they may have.

PC Hannah Gardiner says the town has a transient community in the summer months, who may not be aware where the local police station is.

This beach pod will act as visible policing presence for those in the area and will allow us the opportunity to offer reassurance and safety messages to our communities.”

PC Hannah GardinerGreat Yarmouth police

Cyclist taken to hospital after fail-to-stop collision

A man has been taken to the West Suffolk Hospital following a hit-and-run collision involving a car and a bicycle on the B1102 in Worlington this morning just before 06:30.

The cyclist, who's in his 30s, sustained a head injury in the collision.

Police say debris left at the scene indicates damage to a front headlight of what's thought to be a dark-coloured car.

The road was closed for a couple of hours.

Thanks for officers keeping our streets safe

With Britain's terror threat raised to "critical" following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, our armed police continue to patrol the streets.

Their presence has not gone unnoticed in Thetford:

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Dog fouling film led to fine

Have you ever seen something going on, and decided to whip out your phone and film it?

That's what Chris Speed did (pictured), and it helped a council in its fight against dog fouling.

Chris Speed
BBC

Mr Speed posted his video on Facebook, showing a woman leaving her pet's mess behind after it had fouled a footpath in Gorleston one Sunday in July last year.

The woman, Anne Corrigan who lived in Waveney Road, Great Yarmouth, was identified and taken to court by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

White image on road depicting 'no messing'
BBC

The 75-year-old was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

Woman not allowed to trim 'thuggish' tree

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A woman who cut back a tree she considered to be "thuggish" has been told she cannot touch it again.

The sycamore is in a country park at the end of Gillian Lincoln's Brundall home, in Norfolk.

Gillian Lincoln with the sycamore tree
BBC

She said the species was "invasive" and "thuggish in relation to other trees" but the council slapped a tree preservation order (TPO) on the sycamore, believing she wanted to cut it down.

Mrs Lincoln said she had asked a tree surgeon friend to trim the tree because it was not being managed properly and was affecting her garden.

Writing to object to the TPO, she told the council sycamore trees could release "as many as 10,000 winged seeds" which once established "start eliminating the 'competition' through their vast numbers".

The council's tree officer said her description of the sycamore as "thuggish" was "nonsensical" and at a meeting earlier today, Broadland Council upheld the TPO issued by Brundall Parish Council.

LeeStock set to be a sell-out music weekend

Suffolk Free Press

Organisers say LeeStock music festival is due to be a sell-out event this year, with only limited tickets for sale on the door.

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Suffolk Free Press

Remaining hot and sunny

Here's the latest weather forecast, and it's all about the three "S's" - sunscreen, sunshades and sunshine.

Remaining hot, dry and sunny, although a little breezy in coastal areas.

Temperatures hitting 24C (75F).

Contractors in fatal engineering project 'didn't have competency'

The HSE says that since four men from from Suffolk died at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth in 2011, construction design and management regulations have been updated.

Structure after collapse
HSE

HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "Sadly the contractors involved in this [the Claxton Engineering project] were not really able, they didn’t have the competency to take on a large-scale engineering project like this one."

Asked whether she was satisfied with the sentences handed out by a judge at the Old Bailey yesterday, Ms Hall replied: "Sentencing is obviously a matter for the judge.

"I'm pleased to have received the convictions.

"It's been a long-running case, it's been a complex investigation and I'm satisfied that we've got convictions and messages are out there about the importance of planning in future."

Essex take two wickets early on

BBC Sport

Surrey are on 13 for two after wickets from Essex's Matt Quinn and a catch by Dan Lawrence.

Essex vs Surrey
BBC
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Welcome back to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Our regular news updates are starting a little later than usual today, due to our cover of the BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate.

But we're here now, until the end of the day, keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the county.

Don't forget to let us know what's happening where you live - send us an email or click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

Cricketers from Essex County take to the field

BBC Sport

The Essex team coming out to play.

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Essex play Surrey in Championship

The BBC is covering live the cricket match between Essex and Surrey. You can also find a full commentary here.

Surrey won the toss and will bat. But the teams first paused for a minute's silence as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in Manchester on Monday night.

Essex County Cricket Club's grounds
BBC

Man airlifted to hospital after A12 collision

A man from Essex was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining multiple breaks to his leg in a two-vehicle collision southbound on the A12 at Washbrook yesterday.

A woman, also from Essex, who was in the second vehicle, received injuries to her wrists and ankles and was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Diversions were put in place, with the northbound carriageway fully re-opening just after 19:00, and the southbound carriageway at about 23:00.

Police, who are appealing for witnesses, say the collision, which occurred at about 17:35, involved a green VW Golf and a black Ford Kuga.

From the Archives: Dr Fuch's Snowcat arrives in Tilbury 1958

Fifty nine years ago this month "Haywire", one of the snowcats used by Dr Fuch's and his Commonwealth explorers on their journey across the Antarctic continent, arrived at the port of Tilbury from New Zealand, via Antwerp.

One of the snowcats used by Dr Fuch's and his Commonwealth explorers on their journey across the Antarctic continent, arrives at the port of Tilbury in 1958
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Eight year jail term for attempted rape

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man who attempted to rape a woman at Melton railway station last summer has been jailed for eight years.

Sam Duncan
British Transport Police

Sam Duncan, 24, of Alan Road, Ipswich, who had denied the charge, was found guilty of attempted rape and indecent exposure at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court in March.

Yesterday when he appeared at the same court for sentencing, he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

He attacked a 21-year-old woman as she waited for a train on a platform at Melton station near Woodbridge in July 2016.

Illegal cigarettes seized in Southend

Southend Borough Council says thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized from two shops in the town. A joint operation was carried out by the local Trading Standards team and Essex Police. Premises in Southchurch Road and Sutton Road were raided.

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Racing: Big Orange lays down Gold Cup marker

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket-trained Big Orange has to be a serious contender for next month's Ascot Gold Cup after a hugely impressive win at Sandown yesterday.

Big Orange
Getty Images

With Frankie Dettori onboard the pair totally dominated the field in the Henry II Stakes.

"He's a hard horse to ride against if you take him on too soon," said trainer Michael Bell.

"He's such a good horse, if jockeys come and join him five furlongs out they've almost got to hope to play their hand late. He's a high-class stayer."

Ongar teenager at semi of Britain's Got Talent

An Essex teenager is hoping to make it through to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent this weekend.

Harry Gardner
PA/TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES

Harry Gardner (pictured above), from Ongar, wrote the ballad "Not Alone" after his Nan developed dementia.

It raised thousands of pounds for Alzheimer's Research UK last year.

His performance in the first round of the TV show provoked a powerful response from the judge Amanda Holden.

Simon Cowell and Britain's Got Talent
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Sunday is 'my one and only day off'

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

As Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce offers people the chance to give their views on Sunday opening, a businesswoman in the town says seven day trading would cause her problems.

Hadleigh High Street
BBC

Amanda Phillips, co-proprietor of the Old Bakery Emporium, told us: "I'm not open on Sunday.

"We have thought about it, but it means as an independent we'd have to get somebody else in to cover because it is my one and only day off.

"Physically opening on a Sunday is going to create problems for us independent retailers although it would be great to have us all open on Sundays."

Hadleigh residents to debate Sunday opening

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Residents in Hadleigh are being asked if they'd like to see shops in the town open for business on Sundays.

At present, shops on the High Street are closed, although a nearby supermarket is open seven-days-a-week.

Hadleigh High Street
BBC

Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce has posted messages on social media, asking the question.

Chairman Sean Garnham says reaction has been mixed so far: "The general consensus would appear that there's not many people in favour of it as general consumers but everyone's entitled to their own opinion obviously."