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  1. Updates for Thursday 30 April 2015
  2. News, sport, and weather updates return at 08:00 on Friday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Live is signing off for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you news in Suffolk as it happens.

Don't forget you can get in touch with us 24 hours a day via

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Locksmith to the rescue

Ipswich Star

Crowd watches as locksmith helps mother who locked her six-month baby in her car,

reports the Ipswich Star.

Hilary Benn in Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Hilary Benn, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, says if Labour wins power next week it'll devolve £30bn over five years to local authorities who co-operate.

Labour in Ipswich

Speaking during his visit to Ipswich today, Mr Benn, joined by Ipswich Labour candidate David Ellesmere, said local priorities could then be determined by councils having drawn up an economic plan for the area.

Visit the BBC Election website for

full details of the candidates for Ipswich.

Ipswich v Norwich tonight

Ipswich and Norwich might be heading for a potential clash in the Championship play-offs, but tonight it's the turn of the two clubs' under-16s.

Ipswich and Norwich youngsters with the Hospital Cup
Ipswich Town Football Club

The youngsters will be competing for the

Hospital Cup at Portman Road, raising money for
East Anglia's Children's Hospices at the same time.

Kick-off is at 19:00. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under-16s.

Suffolk's weather

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers will soon die away to leave a dry night with prolonged clear spells.

Temperature chart

With light winds, it will turn cold, with a frost in more rural areas.

Minimum temperature: 2C (3F). Get more detail


George Osborne visits Lowestoft

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Chancellor George Osborne has been in Lowestoft today and says the Conservative plan to improve road and rail links in the east are "real promises", which will happen over the next five years.

George Osborne at Harrod UK

The Tories have promised £4bn of infrastructure funding to the East if they win the election.

Labour says his plan is "unbelievable".

Headlines at 17:00

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk's latest headlines:

  • Election campaigning in Lowestoft focuses on transport
  • Postage charges for election leaflets annoy residents
  • Problems continue for Mildenhall Lodge care home

Lightning strike at Halesworth

Greater Anglia says a lightning strike has affected signalling equipment.


tweeted: "#Halesworth - Services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 mins. Disruption is expected until 19:00"



Mildenhall burglaries linked to gang

Two recent burglaries in Mildenhall are being linked to the gang who are thought to have carried out about

80 offences in the county.

Burglaries in Suffolk
Suffolk Police

The recent burglaries, carried out between Monday and yesterday, took place in Forest Way and Wamil Way.

Josh Webster: From Stowmarket to Spa!

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk racing driver Josh Webster competes at the famous Spa circuit in Belgium this weekend.

Josh Webster and Graeme Mac

The 21-year-old continues the defence of his Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, with races both tomorrow and on Saturday.

"Spa boasts two of the most famous corners in the world and testing there last week was awesome," he said.

Praise for 'sexting' initiative

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

An initiative that's seen Suffolk Police go into schools to warn youngsters of the danger of sending intimate messages and photos by text has been praised by Dr Emma Bond, from University Campus Suffolk.

Dr Emma Bond

Dr Bond, director of the Institute for Social Educational & Enterprise Development, said: "I think it's absolutely fantastic and I think to raise awareness of this issue is absolutely essential."

Read more about the dangers of sexting


Mick McCarthy 'relaxed' ahead of Blackburn trip

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager

Mick McCarthy has told BBC Suffolk he is relaxed ahead of Saturday's trip to Blackburn, but says it is a match his team must get something from.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Town will have Jay Tabb and Noel Hunt available for selection again and McCarthy's also confident that Richard Chaplow will travel.

A point at Ewood Park will guarantee a place for Ipswich in the end of season play-offs.

Woman pays postage costs on election leaflet

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A resident of Denham, near Eye, says she's "really cross" that she had to pay to receive an election leaflet from her local Conservative parliamentary candidate, Dr Dan Poulter.

Unpaid postage
Angie Cadwallader

Angie Cadwallader and her husband Dave paid out £3.08 after being given "postage underpaid" cards by the Post Office.

A spokesman for Dr Poulter said: "If in error a letter we sent out was not properly franked or stamped, we are very happy to refund any costs to the person concerned."

New music venue for Ipswich

East Anglian Daily Times

The fondly remembered Premier Pool Club building in Ipswich is about to become a music venue again,

the EADT reports.

Luke Hughes, owner of the Music Room, says he hopes to "bring some big bands to town" in the refurbished space near Ipswich's Waterfront.

Aerobatics pilot David Jenkins 'sorely missed'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The wife of a Suffolk aerobatics pilot who died last week says he was "amongst the very best of men" and will be "sorely missed by all who knew him".

David Jenkins
Bury Free Press

Stunt pilot David Jenkins, from Stanton near Bury St Edmunds, died when his aircraft came down during a press day at Old Buckenham Airfield in Norfolk.


a statement, Elaine Jenkins said: "We can only console ourselves with the knowledge that he passed as he would have wished to, lost forever in the immeasurable beauty of the sky."

Local news headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest local news for Suffolk:

  • Problems continue for Mildenhall Lodge care home
  • Tribute to
    aerobatic pilot who died during an air display
  • Mildenhall burglaries linked to gang

Warnings over 'sexting'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The dangers of sexting are being discussed by Suffolk Police officers in classrooms across the county.

Girls using mobile phones

Sending intimate pictures and messages is becoming more common, and there are concerns about the dangers of the images getting into the wrong hands.

Sgt Darren Oxbrow said: "Police are going to start looking at this very seriously because we need to prevent it. We need to safeguard our children."

Bus replacements between Ipswich and Norwich

Greater Anglia


tweets: Sat: Replacement bus services will operate from Ipswich - Norwich for the 23.30 Liverpool Street to Norwich service.

Get more details on this and other services


Memories of former Aldeburgh carnival queen

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The hunt for a former Aldeburgh carnival queen has moved to Scotland, after an ex-school friend of hers spoke to BBC Radio Suffolk this morning.

The search for Christine Chapman came after James Stables made an appeal on

Facebook for news of her whereabouts, having found an old photo of her.

Doreen Keeble, who went to school with Christine (now Revell), told Mark Murphy she still exchanges Christmas cards with her in Scotland.

Lil' Chris' sister on depression

The sister of singer Chris Hardman, aka Lil' Chris, says she hopes talking about her late brother's

battle with depression will help others open up about the illness.

Hannah Hardman on ITV's This Morning
This Morning

Hannah Hardman told

ITV's This Morning: "Our biggest killer is not being talked about.

"He wanted everyone to be educated that having a mental health disorder was the same as, say, having cancer or a broken leg."

Ipswich Witches in Sheffield

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

In Speedway, it's Premier League action tonight for the Ipswich Witches, who race away at Sheffield.

Ritchie Hawkins
Jeff Higgott

The Suffolk side have been in good form in the cup, while the Tigers have won all but one of their meetings so far this season.

Skipper Ritchie Hawkins has struggled with injury in recent weeks, but Witches team manager Phil Hilton is confident he will return to full fitness and find his best form again soon.

Ipswich Borough Council apology

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Borough Council's apologised after a delay in sending out around 600 postal voting packs.

Ipswich BC HQ Grafton House

The acting returning officer Russell Williams says packs should arrive in the post today.

Addenbrooke's admit failings over Myles Bradbury

ITV News Anglia

ITV News Anglia

tweets: Hospital 'admits' failings over paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury

Myles Bradbury, from Herringswell in Suffolk, was 41 when he was sentenced to 22 years in prison in December, for abusing young cancer patients in his care at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Level crossing improvements 'facing delays'

Lowestoft Journal

The Lowestoft Journal reports fears over delays to an upgrade to Oulton Broad North level crossing.

Work to improve signalling had been planned for May 2016.

But Network Rail say they are now reviewing the timescales for the scheme.

What a great photograph

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Thanks to Carl Taylor who emailed this photograph to us at last night.

Felixstowe Port from Shotley Marina
Carl Taylor

He says it was taken from Shotley marina over looking Felixstowe port while he was out walking his dog. We'll use it soon for the top of our

Suffolk Live page.

Have you got a photograph you'd like to share with us? You can email it to the address above.

Stories making the headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Top local stories:

  • Mildenhall Lodge care home still closed to County Council referrals
  • 600 postal vote packs delayed in Ipswich
  • Concerns over Gislingham "affordable homes"

Aldeburgh carnival queen photo

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The search is under way to find a former Aldeburgh carnival queen after a man found a box of family photos while clearing out his parents' house.

Carnival Queen Christine Chapman
James Stables

James Stables' appeal on Facebook has so far been shared more than 3,500 times.

Aldeburgh Carnival's publicity officer Keith Batt said: "We're almost certain it's early 1970s, maybe late '60s."

Smoker fined more than £800

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Suffolk man's been fined more than £800 after being caught smoking in his van.

Hand holding lit cigarette

Matthew Dukes, 44, from Upper Street in Stratford St Mary was parked in Great Yarmouth when he was handed a fixed penalty notice.

But Dukes gave an incorrect address which led to him being fined not only for smoking in his van, but for giving a false statement.

If he'd gone on a smoking cessation course it would have cost him £15.

Care UK statement on Mildenhall Lodge

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Care UK says it has "worked hard to implement a great many improvements" at Mildenhall Lodge care home, although it accepts there are still some areas that require attention.

Mildenhall Lodge care home

Regional operations director Rachel Gilbert said: "The home now has a permanent, highly experienced manager who joined us earlier this year."

The Care Quality Commission, which has

just published a report relating to inspections in December, says it's not taking formal enforcement action at this stage, but it's asked Care UK, which runs the home, to send a report outlining what action it's going to take to improve things.

More names for Latitude

Santigold, Warpaint, The Charlatans and The Boomtown Rats have been added to the line-up for this year's

Latitude Festival.

Getty Images

The festival is being held at Henham Park near Southwold for a 10th year, on 16-19 July. Headline acts include Portishead, alt-j and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

It has been announced that Badly Drawn Boy will be performing his Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of Bewilderbeast on the main stage, while the BBC Radio 6 Music stage will now feature Kindness, Omar Souleyman and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Ezra Furman, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Horace Andy have also been added to the bill.

'Someone's getting slapped'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ahead of what hopefully won't be his final pre-match press conference of the season, Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has warned that there will be plenty more drama in the Championship this weekend.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

The Blues need a point at Blackburn to guarantee a play-off place, but could even stay in the top six if they lose.

Ipswich, Derby, Wolves and Brentford are all still in the hunt going into Saturday's lunchtime kick-offs.

"I keep saying someone's going to get a slap on the last day and let's hope it's not us," McCarthy said.

"It's been a brilliant league this season with some good teams and whoever gets in there will deserve it."

Fracking ruled out

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk


report has ruled out any chance of fracking in the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads.

A fracking drilling platform
Getty Images

Durham University studied the geology of the UK's 15 national parks.

It concluded the method of removing gas from underground rocks could work in the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales, but said the geology of the Broads ruled it out as a possible site.

Room for improvement

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Mildenhall Lodge care home is "not safe, not always caring and not always effective",

a report from the Care Quality Commission says.

CQC logo

It's had "a number of managers" since it opened in June last year and hasn't had a permanent boss since September.

Staffing levels were a concern - meaning that sometimes people were left without the care they needed, despite the home being less than half full. And while staff were caring and treated people with respect, some residents didn't always get the support they needed to eat their meals.

Care UK said improvements were being made.

Felixstowe carbon monoxide poisoning

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Three patients were taken to Ipswich Hospital last night for assessment following minor carbon monoxide poisoning.


East of England Ambulance Trust says it received a call at 21:48 from Herman De Stern Walk in Felixstowe.

They treated three family members who were feeling sick and dizzy.

Latitude Festival

More names are to be announced for this year's Latitude Festival within the next hour.

Lake at Henham Park

Portishead, alt-J and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have already

been named as headliners for the festival, which takes place at Henham Park near Southwold on 16-19 July.

Latitude is celebrating its 10th year and, as well as its usual mix of poetry and arts, will offer punters a chance to swim in the lake for the first time.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

East Anglian Ambulance


tweets: Three patients treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Suffolk

Latest headlines

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The top local stories in Suffolk at the moment are:

  • Concerns are still being raised about Mildenhall Lodge care home, more than six months after the Care Quality Commission took enforcement action against it
  • Adastral Park in Martlesham is described as the Silicon Valley of the UK
  • Listeners to BBC Radio Suffolk say politicians are fighting amongst themselves too much and not focussing on the issues

Muddy Waters

Stephen Foster

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Suffolk


tweets: "32 years ago 2day we lost the greatest bluesman of all time - Muddy Waters. Which track shall I play on @BBCSuffolk?"

Muddy Waters
Getty Images

What would you like to hear him play on Drivetime this evening between 17:00 and 19:00? You can

email us and we'll pass it on.

Cole Skuse in running for award

Brenner Woolley

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse has been shortlisted for the final Championship Player of the Month award of the season.

Cole Skuse celebrating

The 29-year-old has played a major part in Town's current run of just one defeat in eight matches, which has lifted them up to fifth in the table ahead of Saturday's game at Blackburn Rovers.

He also scored his first goal for the club earlier this month. The other candidates are Wolves striker Benik Afobe, Derby winger Tom Ince and Watford midfielder Adlene Guedioura.

The winner will be announced on Friday.

Concerns over Haverhill road

Haverhill Echo

Residents in Haverhill are concerned about the impact a possible new road, linking Coupals Road and Great Wilsey Farm, could have on the environment.

The proposal, which was seen as a way of directing traffic out of the planned North East Haverhill development, was originally dropped.


it's now being reported that Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has renewed interest in the idea.