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Our live coverage has come to an end...

But do scroll back and take a look at how the general election panned out.

The political map for Suffolk remained mainly unchanged except for the Ipswich result. Conservative's Ben Gummer lost his seat by a slim margin to Labour's Sandy Martin.

We'll be back at our keyboards at 08:00 on Monday, but this feed will be updated over the weekend with major Suffolk stories.

Have a great weekend.

That's it from a 'true blue' Essex after shock general election results

That's it from our election special after a 20-hour stint.

We're now off to rest our weary heads on a day when the county has turned true blue - with the Conservatives winning all 18 seats.

The Tories retained all of its MPs in Essex and gained a new one in Clacton: former sitcom star Giles Watling.

We'll be back at our keyboards at 08:00 on Monday, but this feed will be updated over the weekend with major Essex stories.

Have a good weekend.

Our live coverage has come to an end...

But do scroll back and take a look at how the general election panned out.

All the county's former MPs managed to retain their seats; Chloe Smith just winning by the skin of her teeth while Norwich South's Clive Lewis saw his majority increase by a stonking 12,000 votes.

We've also got videos too of young people on how they voted and reaction from early morning cafe customers mulling over breakfast.

You may be happy, you maybe sad about the result, but hopefully you won't be indifferent about our coverage.

It's certainly interesting times ahead....have a good evening.

Sandy Martin: 'We will be a strong opposition'

The newly-elected MP for Ipswich has said without an overall majority, Theresa May "is going to have to listen".

Sandy Martin

Labour's Sandy Martin won the Ipswich seat with a slim majority of about 800 votes over the Conservatives' Ben Gummer.

He said he first started to believe he would win after the Tory manifesto came out.

"It was a massive shot in their own foot and annoyed a number of their own supporters," he said.

Mr Martin said becoming a MP was a "sudden change" and he will be "learning on the job".

He said he will also be sure to hold the Tories to account.

"We will be a strong opposition. Without an overall majority Theresa May is going to have to listen," he said.

He said his number one challenge for the town was economic development and helping to make Ipswich thrive.

Students react to election results

What do young people think about last night's election results?

University of Suffolk students have been giving their reaction to BBC Look East reporter Leigh Milner.

They'll be on the programme on BBC One at 18:30.

University of Suffolk students

Weather Watchers soak up views from around the county

BBC Weather Watchers

While the nation soaks up the news following last night's election, our Weather Watchers have been soaking up the views from around our fine county.

Here is a selection of photos taken by our keen snappers.


Photos show devastating extent of A120 coach and lorry crash

A woman in her 70s has sustained a potentially life-changing injury following a crash between a coach and lorry near Great Dunmow yesterday.

Damaged lorry
Steve Lee'os

These photos of the scene have emerged after the crash closed the A120 in both directions yesterday afternoon. The westbound carriageway was reopened in the early hours of this morning.

A total of five patients were taken to hospital, including two victims with serious injuries - with two air ambulances sent to treat patients.

Damaged lorry
Steve Lee'os
Reflection in mirror of damaged coach
Steve Lee'os

Cloud makes way for dry weather and warm temperatures

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Once the last of any showers have cleared it’ll be a largely dry night, although we could have some thicker cloud in to the west of the region by morning and possibly some outbreaks of rain too.

The winds overnight will turn form a light south-westerly to the south and temperatures falling to around 12C (54F).

The greatest risk of some rain will be in the west of the region on Saturday morning but for many of us it’ll be a dry day with some long sunny spells developing.

The winds will pick up to a moderate south to south-westerly and temperatures reaching around 23C (73F). However, there is the potential for highs of 26C (79F) in some spots.

Weather map for Saturday, 10 July

UKIP councillor who backed Lamb says Tories to blame for Labour gains

Lucy Lightfoot

A senior UKIP figure who urged voters in North Norfolk to back the Liberal Democrats and Norman Lamb instead of his party says he did so after many predicted that UKIP voters would switch to the Conservatives, giving them the mandate they wanted for Brexit negotiations.

Norman Lamb
Getty Images

"People were turned off by Theresa May and not by Brexit.

"You lose site of just what happens. It was the Conservative domestic manifesto that people voted against and that's what put people like me off.

"When they start talking about dementia tax, when they start talking about cutting free school meals, when they start not being clear whether they're going to put up income tax, that's when UKIP voters across the country started voting Labour," he said.

People evacuated after explosives found at Shoeburyness home

People have been evacuated from houses in Shoeburyness after the discovery of an artillery shell and other old explosives.

The devices were found at a home in Watson Close just before 14:00 and a police cordon has been set up.

A bomb disposal unit was on its way to the scene, Essex Police has said.

The road has been closed and people evacuated to "ensure residents' safety".

Ducks and ducklings 'living dangerously'

One of our BBC Radio Suffolk listeners has sent us this photo.

This duck and her ducklings were spotted "living dangerously" and crossing Bell Lane in Kesgrave.

Clive Tricker, from Kesgrave, wrote, said: "She crossed in front of us without as much as a quack, living very dangerously.

"Hope she and all her little ones make it."

Ducks crossing Bell Lane
Clive Tricker

Watch: Norwich young reveal more about who they voted for

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

So the upset in the general election result was possibly partly down to the youth vote, according to some pundits.

Indeed towns and cities with universities and a large proportion of graduates showed a bigger swing to Labour.

Here's a few thoughts from a handful of young people out shopping in Norwich this afternoon:

Boy, 15, shot with airgun in park attack

A boy, 15, has suffered leg injuries after being shot with an air rifle in Chelmsford, police have said.

The park off Beardsley Drive

Th victim was fired at in a park in Beardsley Drive between 18.30 and 20:00 yesterday and was taken to hospital with "non-threatening" injuries.

It was the latest in a recent spate of attacks involving weapons in the city, but police believed the victims had been specifically targeted and members of the public were not under threat.

Ch Insp Ronnie Egan said: "We have already made a number of arrests in relation to some of these incidents, but I recognise the concern these attacks have caused.

"These have been targeted attacks and I do not believe there is a risk to the wider public."

Police release CCTV images in violent nightclub attack probe

CCTV images have been released of two women police wanted to speak to after a clubber was punched in the face on a night out.

CCTV of two women
Essex Police

The victim, in her 20s, needed hospital treatment for facial injuries after being attacked in the smokers' area at Revolutions in Southend just after midnight on 20 May.

Anyone who recognised either woman should contact Essex Police.

Hewett makes two Grand Slam Finals

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

After making it through to the final of the French Open Wheelchair Tennis singles this morning, Cantley's Alfie Hewett has now reached the final in the doubles too.

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He and fellow Brit Gordeon Reid, beat Gustavo Fernandez and Maikel Scheffers in three sets to make the final.

Earlier, Hewett saw off Japan's Shingo Kunieda in the singles semi-final.

It's Hewett's best result in a Grand Slam.

Thieves steal thousands of pounds of jackets

Police are searching for burglars who broke in to a shop in East Runton, stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods.

They got into The Kit Bag on the High Street sometime between closing on Wednesday and opening-up time yesterday.

More than 100 Regata jackets and fleeces were taken.

Arrest following man's death

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A woman has been arrested following the death of a man in Hingham near Wymondham last night.

He was in his 70s and lived in Fleeters Hill.

He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

Police are treating the death as unexplained and say a post mortem examination will be carried out.

A woman in her fifties will be questioned today.

Election analysis: Labour gains from UKIP collapse

Politics professor Paul Whiteley has been further analysing the shock general election results.

Professor Paul Whiteley

Mr Whiteley, who lectures at the University of Essex, told the BBC it was thought almost the whole of UKIP vote would shift to Conservatives, but it didn't happen.

"A good third of it, especially up in the north, actually went to Labour. The Liberal Democrats really didn't get off the ground in terms of a national campaign and that meant the Conservatives weren't challenged by them," said Prof Whiteley.

"The Conservative vote went up just over 5%, but it didn't do them any good because Labour's went up nearly twice as much and what counts in our electoral system is the seats and not the vote shares."

Police officer hospitalised after being rammed in stolen car chase

Away from the election, a police officer is being treated in hospital after the driver of a stolen BMW rammed a police car in Basildon.

The officer was hit during the police chase this morning in Cranes Farm Road and suffered "minor" injuries.

'Youth vote mobilised', says student

"Young people are not as apathetic about politics as has been assumed," says one Essex student.

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Woman threatened with a knife

A woman was threatened with a knife and told to handover cash.

The incident took place between 23:15 and 23:20 on Wednesday at the pathway known as the Yellow Brick Road in Newmarket.

Suffolk Police said the woman in her 20s was approached by another woman who had a small knife and threatened to hurt her if she did not handover money.

When she said she did not have any, another woman arrived and the two culprits started walking the victim towards a cash machine on Fred Archer Way. Two men then followed at a distance.

The victim managed to get away and call the police from a nearby business.

Fred Archer Way, Newmarket

James Cartlidge: 'We need a government to put a hand on the tiller'

The re-elected Conservative Suffolk South MP James Cartlidge has issued a statement after regaining the seat with a majority of 17,749.

"I cannot tell you how truly honoured I am, to receive over 60% of the vote is something I would never have dreamed of when I was first selected to stand here.

"In terms of the national vote, it goes without saying that this is not the result we had hoped for.

James Cartlidge

"The election was a voluntary choice, and we will be judged by that, but once you take the decision to call the election the final choice rests with the public and we have to now listen to how they have judged us at the ballot box.

"As far as the immediate future is concerned, our priority must be the national interest. That means ensuring that a stable government.

"We are a nation facing a very dark but all too real terrorist threat. We face imminent Brexit negotiations and all the usual decisions to be made in government, day in day out.

"We simply need a government in place to put a hand on the tiller."

Clacton's new MP thanks voters

Jo Churchill: 'I will continue to fight for this wonderful constituency'

Conservative's Jo Churchill, who has retained her Bury St Edmunds seat, has taken to social media to thank her voters for putting their "faith" in her.

She won 36,794 votes compared to Labour candidate Bill Edwards's 18,363.

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New Brentwood MP calls former incumbent a 'political colossus'

Brentwood's new MP has praised Sir Eric Pickles, who stepped down at this general election, as he takes on his role.

Tory Alex Burghart told BBC Essex: "What a political colossus of our time - 25 years in parliament, a great servant of his country, party and constituency. What a figure to follow."

Sir Eric Pickles and Alex Burghart

West Suffolk MP says Theresa May 'will provide a stable government'

Tory Matthew Hancock, who's been re-elected as the MP for West Suffolk, has said Theresa May can provide a "stable government".

His party's leader has been to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace and will try to form a government with an alliance with the Democratic Unionists of Northern Ireland.

She said the Conservatives and DUP will "provide certainty" and work to keep the country "safe and secure".

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Election results 2017: Reaction from voters at Norwich cafe

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

So what do you make of the result then? Surprised? Excited? Confused?

Here's what these good people of Norwich thought over breakfast at Harty's Cafe.

New Clacton MP was asked to be James Bond

While new Conservative MP Giles Watling is celebrating after securing Clacton's seat, film fans might be impressed to discover he was once asked if he wanted to play James Bond.

Giles Watling
Conservative Party

Mr Watling, 64, who played Oswald in the 1980s hit comedy Bread, told the BBC he was once called by director Lewis Gilbert to ask if he'd be interested in taking over the 007 role from Timothy Dalton.

Giles Watling as Oswald in Bread

The former actor, who has been a district councillor for 10 years, clinched 27,031 votes on his third attempt to become an MP.

He said his "huge" majority was "very humbling".

Kemi Badenoch: 'Theresa May the only serious person in the room'

The new Conservative MP for Saffron Walden has told BBC Essex that Mrs May must continue as prime minister in a period of uncertainty.

Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch said: "She's still the only serious person in the room and this time last year, we had a prime minister resigning who I really liked and felt should have stayed and just got us through it.

"Having another person going now is not going to be good for the country."

UKIP member 'shocked' by leader's resignation

UKIP's Brentwood and Ongar candidate - and national executive committee member - Mick McGough tells BBC Essex he's "totally shocked" by Paul Nuttall's resignation but that past leader Nigel Farage leaves big shoes to fill.

"Paul Nuttall is good, but Nigel was seen as UKIP and is the most incredible character," said Mr McGough.

"We are all worried now - I've only been in politics to achieve Brexit and we haven't achieved it yet."

'I underestimated Jeremy Corbyn,' says Pickles

The Labour leader has made a "considerable achievement" in winning new seats, Sir Eric Pickles conceded.

Sir Eric, 65, stood down at this election.

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Labour takes Ipswich

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star - a big story for the town as Conservatives lose out to Labour:

Ipswich Star on 9/6/17

To summarise ....

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

If you're just catching up with how the electoral picture is looking in Norfolk here's a summary.

All of Norfolk's former MPs have retained their seats although some saw a fall in their majorities, like Chloe Smith for Norwich North.

She only polled 507 more votes than the Labour candidate, Chris Jones.

Other Conservatives, like Brandon Lewis, Henry Bellingham and Liz Truss, increased their majorities.

But of all our MPs it was Labour's Clive Lewis in Norwich South who increased his standing the most, doubling his votes to a whopping 15,000 majority.

Norman Lamb fought hard to retain his North Norfolk seat - which was a major target for the Tories.

His win has been put down to a personal endorsement for his track record:


Watch: Sandy Martin says the Tories 'don't get it'

The newly-elected MP for Ipswich has said the Conservatives "don't understand ordinary people".

Labour's Sandy Martin gained the seat from the Tories' Ben Gummer with a majority of 831.

He said the manifesto put forward by the Conservatives was "bizarre".

Election results 2017: Tories don't 'understand ordinary people'

Brandon Lewis is still up....

...and tweeting.

The MP for Great Yarmouth who won his seat back resoundingly reminds his Twitter followers that the election has actually been won by the Tories, despite commentators describing the night as effectively a 'political loss' for his leader, Theresa May:

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Essex elects: What the papers are reporting

As the Conservatives win all 18 seats in the county, this is how Essex's papers are reporting events:

  • Southend West MP Sir David Amess holds his seat for the sixth election in a row with the most votes he's ever received, reports the Echo
  • It's third time lucky for Giles Watling as the Conservative sweeps UKIP aside to win the Clacton seat with an "extraordinary" 15,828-vote majority, says the Clacton and Frinton Gazette
  • Priti Patel gains an increased majority to hold her position as Witham MP, reports the Braintree and Witham Times

Tory aides push BBC cameraman

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

Aides for the Conservative candidate James Wild were involved in a scuffle as emotions ran high on election night.

General election 2017: Tory aides involved in scuffle

Mr Wild had hoped to beat Liberal Democrat incumbent Norman Lamb to one of the most keenly contested seats of the election, but he lost by about 3,500 votes.

A BBC reporter tried to speak to Mr Wild as he left the count but was ignored. Aides pushed a cameraman out of the way as they exited the venue.

Mr Wild has been contacted for a comment.

South Suffolk constituency voting graphic

Here's a reminder of the South Suffolk results:

  • Lib Dem - Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne
  • Labour - Emma Bishton
  • Conservative - James Cartlidge (Elected)
  • Green Party - Robert Lindsay
  • UKIP - Aidan Powlesland
South Suffolk voting graphic

Clacton 'needs stability', says new Tory MP

As UKIP leader Paul Nuttall announces he will resign immediately, Clacton's new Conservative MP Giles Watling says the town wanted "stability" - leading him to take UKIP's former seat.

"In Clacton people got the message that we did need some stability and power behind a prime minister to negotiate with the 27 countries of Europe," said Mr Watling.

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New Ipswich MP: 'People are fed up with austerity'

One of the biggest shocks of the night came in Ipswich where Ben Gummer, the Conservative cabinet minister, lost his seat to Labour's Sandy Martin.

Mr Martin has been taking part in a Look East election special on BBC One.

Asked if he was surprised by his victory, he said: "Over the six weeks I found more and more people were looking at the issues and the Conservative manifesto and they just didn’t like it.

Sandy Martin

"People were enthusiastic about the Labour Party and the policies have been clear, we haven't been hedging around.

"We said we would abolish tuition fees but it was also the pledge to abolish bedroom tax, raise the minimum wage and build new houses.

"People are fed up with austerity, they can see it's not working, it's not enabling our economy to grow."