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  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

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That's all folks

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

That's it from Suffolk Live for today. Hope you have a great evening.

You can join us tomorrow for more news updates throughout the day, from 08:00.

Tonight's weather

BBC Weather

A largely dry night with clear skies, allowing for a grass frost as temperatures in rural spots fall to 2C (36F).

Weather in Suffolk

After a dry and chilly start tomorrow, scattered heavy, thundery showers will develop. Between the showers most places will enjoy lots of sunshine, especially through the course of the afternoon and evening.

Top Temperature: 13C (55F).

Can Sudbury follow Needham's lead?

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

An AFC Sudbury win over Brentwood tonight would move them to within one match of Ryman Premier Division football, something which Needham Market secured at the weekend with a 5-0 win at Chatham.

Mark Morsley

The Marketmen's manager Mark Morsley is already looking forward to competing at a higher level but says he won't be making many changes to his squad over the summer.

"A lot of these lads are already on two or three year contracts and it's about believing in what you've got," he said.

"Myself and my coaching staff know that they can all get better."

Lil' Chris 'anthem' release plans

A producer who was working with singer Chris Hardman, aka Lil'Chris, says he hopes a track recorded before his death will become an "anthem" for people with depression.

Chris Hardman
Getty Images

Guy Barnes helped pen a track called Louder, which has been uploaded to


Mr Barnes said Hardman, who struggled with mental health issues, was "jumping all over the place" with excitement when he first heard the demo.

"I think it would be a good idea for this to be a song that shouts out to... anybody else that's out there who has problems," he told BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster.

"This could be a legacy for them, their own anthem."

Mr Barnes said the track could help raise money for a charity potentially being set up by Hardman's family.

Chris the cuckoo facts

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are some more facts about Chris the cuckoo, who has returned to Suffolk for the fifth year running. Courtesy of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

Chris the Cuckoo with tag
British Trust for Ornithology
  • Tagging by the BTO helps scientists understand why his species is undergoing a catastrophic decline
  • Almost three-quarters of this cuckoo's kind have been lost since the late 1980s
  • Eleven satellite-tagged cuckoos are currently making their way back to the UK
  • Seven are already here, one is in Algeria and the other three are still on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert
  • The BTO satellite-tagged cuckoos can be followed

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are your early evening headlines from our news team:

  • Rock School star Lil' Chris died by hanging, Lowestoft
    inquest hears
  • "Staggering" amount of waste dumped on A134 at Long Melford
  • AFC Sudbury manager praises skipper James Baker for "consistent performances"
  • Chris the cuckoo returns to Suffolk for fifth year running

Sudbury skipper praised

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold has paid tribute to captain James Baker ahead of kick-off in tonight's match with Brentwood.

Victory for the Suffolk side would see them through to the Ryman One North play-off final on Sunday.

Baker's made over 200 appearances for the club, and Godbold's been impressed with the 28-year-old since joining the club in January.

"He's been one of our most consistent performers and looks comfortable at both centre forward and centre half," he said.

Suffolk in pictures

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Today's picture at the top of our Local Live page (we like to call it the hero image) was taken by our very own Stephen Foster.

Ipswich Waterfront

I bet you didn't know he had so many talents! He's

on air at 17:00 this evening.

If you're a keen photographer, we're always pleased to receive your work for use on our site. You can

email your pictures here.

'Staggering' amount of waste dumped

Richard Daniel

Environment Correspondent, BBC East

Today I've been out to the site on the A134 at Long Melford where about 30 tonnes of industrial waste has been fly-tipped.

Pile of fly-tipped waste
Richard Daniel

The waste, which includes plastic carpet shielding, plastic sheeting and paint pots, is thought to have been dumped between 24 and 26 April.

It's a staggering amount to be dumped in one lorry load. I've never seen fly-tipping like it before today.

Police have linked this to another incident at Walsham-le-Willows, on 9 April.

It begs the question, is there more of this waste about to be dumped somewhere else?

You can watch my report on BBC Look East tonight at 18:30, or later on the

BBC iPlayer.

Cyclist takes on Turkish traffic

Ipswich Star

A cyclist who decided to pack up and leave his job in Ipswich to bike around the world has made it to Istanbul,

the Ipswich Star reports.

Gary Taylor said his time in the Turkish city included three collisions with cars in the space of 90 minutes.

Chris Packham cuckoo defies odds

Kate Williams

Suffolk live

A cuckoo has defied the odds and returned to Suffolk for a fifth summer since being tagged.

Chris the cuckoo

In May 2011, Chris - who is named after TV presenter Chris Packham - was fitted with a tag to help scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology understand why his species was in decline.

Since then, Chris has flown over, or visited, 28 different countries, crossed the Sahara eight times and reached speeds of up to 60mph.

Dr Chris Hewson, lead scientist on the project at the BTO, said: "The information this remarkable bird has given us is unparalleled.

"He has helped identify many of the pressures that our cuckoos face once they leave the UK and, more importantly, the routes that they take to get to their winter quarters in the Congo rainforest - a mystery until the first tagged cuckoos went there in 2011."

Man crushed by horse in Newmarket

Katy Prickett

BBC News Online

A man is in hospital with a hip injury after being crushed by a horse in Newmarket.

Bury Road, Newmarket


ambulance crew was called to Bury Road yesterday morning.

Pies prize

The owner of a Suffolk pie company says she "couldn't believe" that her business won a best pie award, five months after starting.

Lynn and Steve Tricker from Truly Traceable with their award
Martin Elliott

Lynn Tricker and her husband Steve picked up the best meat pie award at the 2015 British Pie Awards, on behalf of their Halesworth-based Truly Traceable company.

Mrs Tricker told BBC Radio Suffolk's Lesley Dolphin they were up against some of the industry's "big boys".

"There were multiple award winners who we were up against, and we beat them all!" she said.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk live

Here are the news headlines:

  • Rock School singer Lil' Chris died by hanging, an inquest hears in Lowestoft
  • Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin visits Lowestoft to discuss new bridge
  • Antony Gormley sculpture has "look of defiance" in Aldeburgh
  • Orville duck superfan mourns loss of entertainer Keith Harris
  • Barham motorcyclist named after fatal accident

Suffolk in pictures: 'Last rays of the day'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Please keep your pictures from around the country coming in, we'd love to feature them on the page.

Sunset in Shotley
Andy Cresswell

This is an offering which photographer Andy Cresswell captioned "Last rays of the day", and was taken "from his backyard" last night. Many thanks Andy, we love it.

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Patrick McLoughlin visits Lowestoft

Guy Campbell

Waveney reporter

The transport secretary has been in Lowestoft, reaffirming a

pledge made by the prime minister last week that a third crossing would be built by 2020.

Patrick McCloughlin on his visit to Lowestoft today

Patrick McLoughlin was shown the location of a central option for a lifting bridge across Lake Lothing.

Bob Blizzard, Labour's candidate for Waveney, has pledged a central crossing is key to his campaign.

'What's going on here?'

Sculptor Antony Gormley says his sculpture at the Martello Tower in Aldeburgh was designed to have a look of "defiance".

Antony Gormley sculpture at the Martelo Tower in Aldeburgh
The Landmark Trust

The 6ft iron statue is one of five being placed around the UK to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust.

Gormley said: "The sculpture's attitude is one of defiance and indifference to any potential invader from across the sea.

"With its arms folded and looking slightly to its right, there is a feeling of "well, what's going on here?" about it."

Duck superfan

Orville superfan Chris Speed was on the Mark Murphy show this morning, talking about his sadness at the

death of entertainer Keith Harris as well as his extensive collection of memorabilia connected to Harris' puppet duck.

Chris Speed with his Orville collection
Chris Speed

Mr Speed started collecting Orville goodies when he was six-years-old and has about 220 items in his collection.

Harris recorded a video for his wedding day, and Mr Speed once paid £1,200 for a rare replica of Orville's head (as seen in the photo).

Mr Speed said: "I think I've got every piece of memorabilia that's got Orville's face on."

Farmers' group protest at sugar plant

Bury Free Press

A group representing small, sustainable farmers is planning a "fair deal protest" outside the British Sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds this afternoon.

The Landworkers' Alliance, which says its members "make their livelihoods from producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods of production", is expecting more than 50 people to attend.

Fatal accident: Barham motorcyclist named

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

A teenage motorcyclist who died in an accident in Barham has been named.

Darnell Meade, 19, from Needham Market died on 24 April after a collision between a Kawasaki motorcycle, a Toyota Hilux and a Ford Transit van on Norwich Road, near Sandy Lane.

'Statue with attitude'

Antony Gormley's statue on the Martello Tower in Aldeburgh "has attitude", the owner of a local art gallery has said.

Antony Gormley statue in Aldeburgh

The 6ft sculpture was added to the top of the 19th Century building earlier in the week.

Caroline Wiseman said: "He's standing up there defiantly, looking at Aldeburgh, with his arms folded.

"I think the artist is inviting our opinion of it - it's a lightning rod for thoughts and feelings."

Afternoon outlook

BBC Weather

Drier, brighter conditions should follow from the west during the afternoon, although perhaps not reaching the far east until late on.

Weather graphic

It'll be dry for most of the evening, with the odd shower possible.

A localised slight frost is possible in rural areas towards the end the night.

The maximum temperature will be 11C (51F).

Lil' Chris died by hanging

Zoe Applegate

BBC News Online

Singer Lil' Chris's death was caused by hanging, an

inquest has heard.

Lil' Chris (Chris Hardman)
Hardman family

Lil' Chris, whose real name was Chris Hardman, rose to fame in Channel 4's Rock School. He was found dead at a house in Lowestoft on 23 March.

His family have said the 24-year-old struggled with mental health issues and depression.

Kevin Burch has been at the inquest and will have more on BBC Look East, at 13:40.

Aldeburgh's new artwork

A 6ft iron figure is keeping an eye on Aldeburgh.

Antony Gormley sculpture in Aldeburgh

The statue, designed by Angel of the North sculptor Antony Gormley, has been positioned on top of the Martello Tower in the town and will sit there for a year.

It is one of

five Gormley sculptures being placed around the UK to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust.

Skuse deserving of awards double

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse has been king of the hashtags on Twitter. We've had #whenwillskusescore and #missskusewhenhesnotplaying among others.

Cole Skuse

Our favourite though has to be #iwastherewhencolseskusescored in acknowledgement of his terrific strike against Cardiff earlier this month.

His first goal in 82 games for Town was named as the club's goal of the season last night, with Skuse also picking up Mick McCarthy's most improved player prize.

A number of Daryl Murphy goals must have run Skuse close, particularly his effort away at Forest, but Skuse is a worthy and most deserving winner.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Afternoon to you all - here are our Local Live headlines this lunchtime:

  • Lil' Chris inquest hears the
    singer died by hanging
  • Police pay inequalities 'ironed out'
  • UCS promises gender equality in senior roles
  • Fly-tipping incidents in the county linked

It's looking grey out there from the Suffolk newsroom. I'll update you with (hopefully a more cheerful forecast) from BBC Weather shortly.

Man crushed by horse

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

A man has been crushed by a horse in Newmarket, the East of England Ambulance Service Trust says.

Newmarket sign

Staff treated the man, who is believed to be in his 20s, for a hip injury yesterday morning in Bury Road.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Police pay inequalities 'ironed out'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Police staff in Norfolk and Suffolk should now be paid the same for doing the same job, temporary chief constable Gareth Wilson has said.

Temporary chief constable Gareth Wilson
Suffolk Police

Mr Wilson said a role evaluation across the two forces had highlighted the inequalities in pay, terms and conditions.

"Most salaries will remain the same but, in any process of this nature, some salaries will increase or decrease," he said.

The forces said 49% of staff would remain on the same salary, with 34% going up and 17% scheduled to go down.

Those whose salary will reduce will have a two-year period of pay protection, during which their salaries will remain the same, the forces said.

Burst water main in Holbrook

Ipswich Star

tweets: Disruption after water main burst in Hyhams Lane, Holbrook

AFC Sudbury set for massive play-off match

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

AFC Sudbury take on Brentwood tonight at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

The Suffolk side are two wins away from promotion to the Ryman Premier Division and manager Jamie Godbold has thanked the club's supporters ahead of kick-off.

"The support I've had since coming here has grown and I'm sure they'll turn out again in their numbers tonight," he said. "Hopefully we can give them something back tonight to say thank you."

Since Godbold took over at AFC Sudbury in January, his side haven't lost at home in the Ryman One North, winning eight out of an unbeaten nine matches.

Stowaway snake to be rehomed

Kate Williams

Suffolk live

The stowaway snake which adventured 6,000 miles in a Malaysian timber load -

only to end up in Ipswich - is to be rehomed in Norfolk.

Stowaway mangrove snake

Scott Bird, from Thrigby Hall, confirmed the mangrove snake will start its new life at the wildlife gardens in Filby later this week.

'Giant potholes a safety hazard'

Ipswich Star

A road which is only 150m long but has 20 potholes is causing frustration for residents in Felixstowe, the

Ipswich Star reports.

Plymouth Road resident Michael Case is quoted as saying: "It's unbelievable really."

UCS promises gender equality

Kate Williams

Suffolk's university is promising to have a 50-50 mix of men and women in senior roles by 2020.

University Campus Suffolk

University Campus Suffolk has revealed its five year plan, saying it hopes to be seen as a community impact university and "not just a big grey building for learning".

The UCS board currently has three times as many men as women.

Train services disrupted

Greater Anglia

tweets: Delays to services between Ipswich and Liverpool St due to a fault with the signalling system between Chelmsford and Ingatestone.

Fly-tipping incidents linked

Two fly-tipping incidents where tonnes of industrial waste were dumped in Suffolk are being linked by police.

Flytipping in Suffolk
Suffolk Police

About 30-40 tonnes of industrial waste was left at the side of Finningham Road in Walsham-le-Willows, on 9 April.

Suffolk Police says it is linking the incident to another case where an estimated 25 tonnes of material was dumped on a hard-standing area off the A134, between Long Melford and Sudbury, on 26 April.

Suspected stalker update: police make arrest

Kate Williams

A 49-year-old man has been arrested after a teenage girl reported being stalked in Ipswich.

He has been bailed and is due to return to police on 6 June, pending further inquiries.

Lil' Chris cause of death

Kate Williams

The inquest into the death of Rock School star Chris Hardman, aka Lil' Chris, has heard that his death was due to hanging.

Chris Hardman
Getty Images

The inquest, in Lowestoft, has been adjourned.

The 24-year-old was

found dead in Lowestoft last month.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Morning again - here are the mid-morning headlines from the Suffolk newsroom.

  • Inquest into the death of Rock School star about to get underway in Lowestoft
  • Missing RAF Mildenhall plane safely home
  • Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy named Players' Player of the Year

Don't forget, if you're looking at our Live Page, you can listen to the radio at the same time, just click the speaker at the top of the page.

Lil' Chris inquest begins today

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The inquest into the death of former Rock School star Chris Hardman, from Lowestoft, will be opened this morning.

Chris Hardman
Getty Images

The artist, who became known as Lil' Chris on the reality show, was found dead last month.

Police said the 24-year-old's death wasn't being treated as suspicious.

The coroner is expected to reveal a cause of death at the inquest in Lowestoft this morning.

Tuesday's results did Ipswich no favours

Brenner Woolley

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Suffolk

Tuesday's victory for Rotherham United over Reading has not done Ipswich Town any favours ahead of Saturday's Championship game at Blackburn Rovers.

Richard Wood of Rotherham
Getty Images

The Millers' win means Wigan are relegated to League One and will now travel to Ipswich's play-off rivals Brentford at the weekend with nothing to play for.

Although a draw would be enough for Mick McCarthy's men to secure a top six finish, a defeat would open the door for the West London club to leap-frog them with a three-goal swing.

Should Ipswich lose, Derby County would need just a point at home to Reading to also finish above them.