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That's it from the Local Live team for this week, so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

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

From the archives: Children's Regatta at Thorpeness 1938

Some 79 years ago this month boatsman Allen Thurston was photographed at Thorpeness Mere in the Suffolk coastal resort, rowing hard with refreshments for the judges during the Children's Regatta.

August 1938: Allen Thurston, boatsman with The Mere, Thorpeness, Suffolk, rowing hard with refreshments to the judges during the Children's Regatta
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From the archives: Speedboating at Great Yarmouth 1934

Some 83 years ago this month a party of holidaymakers were caught on camera enjoying a thrilling trip in a speedboat at Great Yarmouth.

Speedboat off Great Yarmouth in 1934
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Listen: Sudbury's most-famous son

BBC Radio 4 has been serialising the life of painter Thomas Gainsborough in its Book Of The Week programme.

The book Gainsborough by James Hamilton looks at the landscape and portrait artist who lived 1727-88.

A legacy from his uncle gives 13-year-old Thomas the means to go to London to study art.

Sudbury has Gainsborough's House museum, while many of the artist's pictures are on display at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, where he also lived and worked. Here's a selection of our archive features:

Headteacher pays tribute to teenagers killed in Great Waldingfield crash

The head teacher at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard has paid tribute to the two teenagers who died in a crash in Great Waldingfield on Wednesday.

Wayne Lloyd said: "Both Zac and Kye are fondly remembered by staff and students at the school.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to their family and friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."

Driver Zachariah "Zac" Smith, of North Rise, Great Cornard, and his passenger Kye Mclean, of Rockhall Road, Polstead, were travelling on the B1115 when their silver Vauxhall Corsa veered off the road and hit a tree.

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Big comeback for Long Melford Country Fair after ten-year break

Suffolk Free Press

More than 2,000 people attended the first Country Fair to be held at Melford Hall in Long Melford for ten years.

Children in a fire engine at Long Melford Country Fair
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Pressure is off leaders Diss in promotion race

Diss Express

This is the back page of the Diss Express:

Back page of Diss Express
Diss Express

Ipswich Town: McCarthy faces selection dilemma

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has a big decision to make over his strikers ahead of tomorrow's Championship match at Barnsley.

Mick McCarthy
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After starting with match-winner Joe Garner and Freddie Sears against Birmingham last weekend, David McGoldrick got both goals in Tuesday's Carabao Cup win at Luton, while new signing Martyn Waghorn impressed from the bench.

"I think they're all intelligent enough football-wise that they can go on and play together [as a pair]," McCarthy told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"Certainly Waggy showed his versatility when he took Tristan Nydam's spot [in midfield at Luton and played very well there."

The Blues will be aiming for a third straight win of the season at Oakwell - something they didn't manage in the whole of the 2016-17 campaign.

CCTV released after sex attack on woman

Essex Police has published a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted following a night out in Chelmsford.

Suspect caught on CCTV
Essex Police

Police said she had become "poorly" and was accosted while sitting on a bench in Moulsham Street in the early hours of 10 July.

The suspect left the scene after being challenged by the victim's friend.

Community of Banham supports family of murdered dog walker

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Vicar of Banham says the community wants to support the family of a man killed in a frenzied knife attack.

83-year-old Peter Wrighton (pictured) from the village was murdered while walking his dogs last Saturday morning near East Harling on the edge of Thetford Forest.

Peter Wrighton
Norfolk Police

CCTV shows him at Kenninghall Post Office at 10:10 - just half an hour before his body was found at Harling Woods.

The Reverend Canon Stephen Wright says people would like to hold a special service for him, but it's up to his family if it goes ahead.

"People are shaken. There is so much unknown at the moment," he said.

"We don't want to intrude on their grief, but if there is anything we can do to help, we will help."

Families pay tribute after Great Waldingfield double fatal

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A families of two 18-year-old men who died in a car crash near Great Waldingfield have paid tribute to them in statements issued via Suffolk Police.

Zac Smith
Suffolk Police

Driver Zachariah "Zac" Smith (pictured above), of North Rise, Great Cornard, and his passenger Kye Mclean (pictured below), of Rockhall Road, Polstead, were travelling on the B1115 when their silver Vauxhall Corsa veered off the road and hit a tree on Wednesday.

The two were treated by ambulance staff but died at the scene.

The family of Zac Smith said they were "devastated at the loss of their beloved son and brother".

Kye Mclean
Suffolk Police

"Zac was never without a smile or a kind word for anyone who came his way," the family said.

"He was never far from those he loved. Zac has grown into an extraordinarily kind and handsome young man.

"He was the biggest giver of hugs and kisses, a mechanic, a sportsman, a son, a brother - a someone to everyone."

The family of Kye Mclean said: "Kye was loved by everyone who knew him, not only by his family, but by so many friends too.

"He would do anything to make people happy and his smile always lit up the room.

"As well as his family and friends, Kye loved his motorbike, football, tracksuits and roses."

Spur of the moment decision led former soldier to play for Ipswich Town

Ken Parker, who has let us see the £3-a-week contract his father Stanley signed with Ipswich Town back in 1947, says after he was demobbed from the army, Stanley met up with a friend called Bernard Sharp.

"I think they were probably having a drink at a pub in town, and dad said 'they're taking on players for trials tomorrow, do you want to come down?'.

"I guess dad being dad scored a couple of goals and that was it."

Years after he stopped playing, Stanley Parker told his son the secret of his success: "Every time I put on that Ipswich Town shirt there was an England shirt underneath it."

Stanley Parker's contract
Ken Parker

Attleborough residents urged to give views on plans for centre of town

Nic Rigby

BBC News

More residents of Attleborough are being urged to give their views on major improvements in the town centre.

Barely 100 people so far have made their voices heard on the £4.5m proposals.

Attleborough
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Norfolk County Council won the funding for road and transport improvements and earlier in the year initial proposals were published showing how the money would be spent in Attleborough.

It includes making Surrogate Street open to two-way traffic and making other roads in the town safer for pedestrians to cross.

Councillors say only 95 responses have been received so far.

They want to be sure the plans are fine-tuned to meet everyone's needs.

The deadline for responses to the county council is midnight on Sunday.

Man, 83, killed in brutal stabbing

Diss Express

Here's a look at the front page of the Diss Express:

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

Chip shop allowed back on Southend Pier

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A chip hut's opened on Southend Pier - it's the first time since the 2005 fire that deep fat frying the potato delicacy has been allowed on the pier.

Southend Pier
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Borough Councillor Ann Holland's told the BBC why it is now safe to do.

"Safety precautions were put in place after the fire including a £2m sprinkler and we've co-ordinated with the emergency services," she said.

"It will be nice to have a chip shop back on the pier."

The council said cooking and smoking on the pier has been tightly regulated since 2005, and, although cooking does take place at the end of the pier, chips have been off the menu.

No-one could remember whether Jamie Oliver cooked chips during his Channel 4 show Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, which was set in a pop-up cafe at the end of the pier.

How many goals does it take to be a top scorer?

Earlier this week we shared some photographs of Stanley Parker, who signed a contract with Ipswich Town in 1947 and became their top goal scorer in the 1949/50 season.

It got us wondering how many goals he'd had to score to be remembered in this way, so we checked with Pat Godbold, who is the club's archivist and was secretary to several managers from Scott Duncan to George Burley (1937-2002).

Stanley Parker
Ken Parker

She checked the records, and said his tally was 13 in Division Three South, as well as two FA Cup goals.

Pat also remembered watching Parker play.

She said: "I was only about 11 when I started to watch the Town play in 1946, and I knew him.

"We have ex-players' reunions and he came along several times."

She described him as a "lovely man, very smart, good looking, with nice wavy hair".

Pygmy hedgehog found wandering in Chelmsford

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The RSPCA is appealing for help in finding the owner of an African pygmy hedgehog, which was found wandering along a road in Chelmsford.

The hedgehog
RSPCA

The animal was discovered in Baddow Road last week and is now being cared for by the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

The hedgehog is said to be in good health, although overweight.

Two week inquest into offshore death of Lowestoft man

There's to be a two-week inquest into the death of a man from Lowestoft - after an accident on a platform in the North Sea.

Tyron Jones, 43, died in December last year at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital after being flown from the Indefatigable 23A gas platform about 70 miles (110km) off the coast.

The full inquest will begin on 6 December - a day after the anniversary of his death.

Custody improvements by Essex Police, report says

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A new report has found that Essex Police is making progress in dealing with problems in handling people in custody.

However, it says issues are still being seen in the number of children who are being held overnight.

Essex Polcie HQ
Google

The Inspectorate of Prisons and the Inspectorate of Constabulary have published a joint report which has been looking into police custody.

It's found that "progress was evident" after a critical study in 2013.

The latest findings highlight several newer custody suites in the county, although the older sites "remain poor".

It's also found that staff are continuing to treat detainees well and with sensitivity.

However, concerns were raised about the force's IT system and that too many children were being held overnight when alternative accommodation should have been provided.

Ex-Ipswich player Titus Bramble joins non-league club

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Ipswich Town defender Titus Bramble has signed a one-year deal with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Stowmarket Town.

Titus Bramble
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The 36-year-old, who played Premier League football for Newcastle, Sunderland and Wigan, will take on a player-coach role while carrying on with his coaching duties at Ipswich Town's Academy.

Bramble could make his debut in tomorrow's game at Felixstowe & Walton United.

Norfolk-based Lotus back in black

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Norfolk-based sports car maker Lotus is back in the black after years of heavy losses..

The new Lotus Evora 400
Lotus

The company, which was recently bought by a Chinese firm, made a profit of £2m last year after a rise in exports to Europe and America.

Lotus, based in Hethel, near Wymondham, said it was now on a sustainable path, for the first time in years.

Southend United including Wordsworth in squad

BBC Sport

Southend United will include Anthony Wordsworth in their squad to travel north ahead of the League One match at Rotherham tomorrow.

Colchester United will check on the fitness of Tom Eastman before confirming their squad to face Stevenage in League Two tomorrow.

Norwich City draw Charlton at home in Carabao Cup

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have been drawn to play against Charlton at Carrow Road in the second round of the Carabao Cup (aka the League Cup).

That wasn't after confusion however - a mix up with the balls during the draw meant that initially the game was announced to be played at The Valley.

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However, it was changed to be played at Carrow Road soon after.

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The Canaries progressed into this round of the cup after beating League Two side Swindon Town on Tuesday.

The game will be played on the week commencing Mon, 21 August.

Ipswich Town land Premier League opposition in cup draw

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a bit of confusion Ipswich Town have been drawn away to Crystal Palace in round two of the Carabao Cup (aka League Cup).

Damien Delaney
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After a mix-up with the balls in the bag during the draw, initially the game was announced as being at Portman Road, before it was switched to Selhurst Park.

The tie will be played the week commencing Monday, 21 August.

Former Blues players Damien Delaney (pictured), Connor Wickham, Andros Townsend and Jonny Williams all play for the Eagles.

Town reached the second round after Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Luton.

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BBC News

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We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for your area.

The full weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's another grey start to the day.

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The full weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's another grey start to the day.

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New anti-social behaviour order for Clacton after garden shears attack

A dispersal order has been put in place in Clacton for an area which includes the street where a woman police officer was attacked with garden shears this week.

Essex Police now has enhanced powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in an area covering:

  • Jackson Road
  • Rosemary Road
  • The Grove
  • Alexandra Road
  • Station Road
  • Carnarvon Road
  • Marine Parade East
  • Marine Parade West
  • Edith Road
  • all other roads within the area bordered by these roads

It means officers can ask people to leave the area for 48 hours, they can confiscate any item they believe could be used to commit crime or anti-social behaviour and they can remove under-16s from the area or take them home.

Insp Pete Gerard said it was a "proportionate response" following concerns from residents.

"I am confident the order and increased policing over the next two days will quell some of the anti-social behaviour and we can build on the activity with some longer term action against identified offenders."

Chelmsford murder inquiry: Victim's mother makes plea to wanted teen

The mother of a man who was shot dead at a petrol station has urged a teenager, who is wanted by poilce, to come forward.

As we've reported, Essex Police want to trace Bradley Blundell, 17, in connection with the inquiry into the murder of John Pordage.

Mr Pordage, 34, was shot outside a BP garage on Baddow Road, Chelmsford, on Saturday, just after 02:00.

A £5,000 reward has been offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of the teenager.

Mr Pordage's mother Sue Wilson said: "Bradley, if you are listening to me, please do the right thing and hand yourself in."

Bradley is known to have links in Chelmsford, Great Baddow, Thurrock and Norwich in Norfolk.

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McCarthy praises Ipswich youngsters

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The performances of teenage midfielder Flynn Downes have been a highlight of an encouraging opening week of the season for Ipswich Town.

Flynn Downes
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The academy graduate came off the bench to play an important part in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Birmingham City, and then played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday, as the Blues progressed in the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win at Luton.

Manager Mick McCarthy has been telling us that the 18-year-old was always going to feature in his plans for the first team this campaign.

"I instantly took a liking to both Flynn and Tristan Nydam," he said.

"When they first came in and trained with the first team they did so as if it was normal for them.

"They didn't stand out because they couldn't cope with it, they stood out because they could.

"They weren't going to get in the team last year, but this year it was always going to be the case that they would travel.

"They've handled it really well."

Father runs half marathon as a 'thank you'

A Haverhill man, whose baby daughter was born with three holes in her heart, is raising money for the charity which provided support during her treatment.

Daisy Darvill
The Sick Children's Trust

The Sick Children's Trust helped Luke Darvill, 24, and his partner Robyn, 21, when baby Daisy was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital as she was struggling to breathe a couple of weeks after she was born in 2015.

They provided free "Home from Home" accommodation just minutes away from their daughter's bedside.

"To know we had somewhere to stay, completely free of charge, right next to our baby was such a comfort when it felt like our whole world was falling apart," said her father.

Daisy Darvill holding mum's hand
The Sick Children's Trust

Two months later Daisy's condition deteriorated, and she was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she had open heart surgery, and the charity provided accommodation for the couple once more.

Until Daisy was born, the couple had no idea Robyn was pregnant, mistaking her labour pains for appendicitis.

She's now doing "really well" says the family, and she's started nursery.

Mr Darvill is raising money for the Trust by taking part in the Bedford Half Marathon in September.

Reward offered in Chelmsford murder suspect hunt

A £5,000 reward has been offered for information about the whereabouts of a teenage boy wanted in connection with a murder inquiry.

Bradley Blundell
Essex Police

John Pordage was shot outside a BP garage near the Army & Navy roundabout in Chelmsford on Saturday just after 02:00.

The 34-year-old, of Galleywood, was taken to hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound.

The charity Crimestoppers is offering the reward for information that leads to the arrest of Bradley Blundell.

Essex Police want to trace the 17-year-old who was last known to be living in Chelmsford and has links to Great Baddow and the Thurrock area. He also has links to Norwich.

Liam Duffy, regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: "It’s believed he is a danger to the public and must be found.

"Someone will either know where he is or is maybe giving him shelter.

"The public's safety is important to us, which is why we guarantee that anyone who contacts our charity with information stays 100% anonymous.

"Bradley should not be approached directly by members of the public."

Five arrests have made in connection with the murder investigation.

Official opening of children's clinic at James Paget Hospital

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A NHS hospital's clinic for children has celebrated its first year of operation with a formal opening ceremony.

Eight-year-old patient Drew Bye and former staff member Rachel Short cutting the string of paper boats
James Paget University Hospital

An area of the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston was refurbished last year to create The Cove - aiming to provide a brighter and more colourful place for young patients.

It was created following feedback from Care Quality Commission inspectors, who gave the hospital an overall rating of "good", but recommended the hospital enhanced its children’s outpatient facilities.

On average, The Cove has seen more than 200 extra patients per month than the previous children's unit.

Its official launch saw a string of paper boats cut by eight-year-old patient Drew Bye and former staff member Rachel Short, who was responsible for the old children’s outpatient department.

Senior sister Jo Scott said: "It may seem a little strange to be holding an opening ceremony a year on, but we needed to learn how to work in the facility and to settle in."

Blues defender out for a month

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Adam Webster (pictured) will miss at least five games for Ipswich Town in the coming weeks.

Adam Webster
BBC

Manager Mick McCarthy confirmed at his press conference this afternoon that the centre back will not return until after the first international break of the season.

The 22-year-old suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's Carabao Cup win at Luton, and was substituted at half time.

"Adam went to see a specialist today and is in a boot today," McCarthy said.

"I've got versatile players though to compensate.

"Jonas Knudsen can play left-sided centre back and Tommy Smith can play central.

"Luke Chambers and Jordan Spence can both play on the right."

"I don't really want to be shifting players about, but at the same time there'll be no new faces coming in before Saturday's match with Barnsley."

Hospital still 'requires improvement'

Health inspectors have said the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital still "requires improvement".

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
PA

The hospital was given the rating by the Care Quality Commission last year.

Its inspectors' latest report has given the hospital the same status.

It said medicines were not always stored safely in line with policy, most wards had vacancies for nurses and health care assistants and some staff felt there was "unnesccessary pressure" on them.

The report does acknowledge, however, staff adhered to risk assessment and hygiene protocols, the attitude of staff was "excellent" and that there were some examples of "excellent" leadership.

The hospital was rated as "good" for its care.

Chief executive Mark Davies said: "Our staff are amazing and the good progress we are making on our journey of improvement is because of their dedication and professionalism.

“Nothing is more important to us than providing the best care possible for our patients and we welcome the CQC’s findings that the attitude of staff remains excellent, that all staff were helpful, open and caring with excellent examples of leadership.

"Of course we recognise that there are areas that still require improvement and we are committed to working together with teams to make this happen."

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BBC Radio Suffolk sport

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Heavy rainfall brings floods and fallen trees

Yesterday's heavy rainfall has brought headaches for road users.

These photos show flooding under the rail bridge at Brundall near Norwich and a fallen tree at Mill Lane in Strumpshaw.

Flooding under the rail bridge in Brundall
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Tree at Strumpshaw
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Those living in the area said the flooding is about 2ft (60cm) to 3ft (90cm), and a cyclist fell attempting to get through it.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office for heavy rain in the south-east was in place until 23:00 last night.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is warning people not to attempt to drive through the flood water as it was called out to a number of vehicles getting stuck across the county.

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