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  1. Updates for Friday 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday 5 May

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By Philippa Taylor and Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Heading into the weekend

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

That's it for our first week on

Suffolk Live.

We hope you've enjoyed our regular updates of news "as it happens". We'll be back on Tuesday 5 May at 08:00 but you can always

email us between now and then, or send us a text to 81333 starting your message with SKF LIVE.

Enjoy your weekend and if you see an interesting view of Suffolk, we'd love to see a photograph.

Last Friday before #GE2015

Election 2015

It's the last Friday before the election leaving just six days before the polls open.

Suffolk South constituency list

Do you know who you're voting for yet? If not, you can find out more about policies and who's standing in your area on the

BBC Election 2015 website.

Appeal for missing man

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 36-year-old man who has gone missing from Clare.

Missing Clare man Mark Stanbridge
Suffolk police

Mark Stanbridge was last seen on the morning of Wednesday 22 April. He is described as 5ft 11in (1.80m) tall, with shoulder-length brown curly hair and a beard. He was wearing a dark green jacket, dark trousers, black shoes and was carrying a backpack.

Anyone who has information relating to his whereabouts is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Haverhill Police Station on 101.

Weather: Frost overnight

BBC Weather

It will remain dry with clear spells, turning chilly with a localised frost by the end of the night. Winds will stay on the light side.

Temperature map

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F)

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The top stories in Suffolk this afternoon:

  • Four people are arrested after a drugs warrant was served in Lowestoft
  • The victim of an armed robbery in Ipswich is "not seriously injured"
  • Racing driver Josh Webster is on pole position for two races in the
    Porsche Carrera Cup

Victory for Webster in Spa

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Racing driver Josh Webster, from Stowmarket, has

won his first race of the new Porsche Carrera Cup season at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Josh Webster

After a mixed opening weekend in Brands Hatch, the 21-year-old has been in excellent form.

Earlier today the defending champion posted a pole position lap for both today's race and the next round tomorrow.

Firefighter brother killed himself after 'bullying'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The Suffolk twin of Essex firefighter Joseph Keighley (pictured below) says his brother was bullied at work.

Jeff Keighley from Brockley, near Hartest in Suffolk, told how his brother, who was based in Basildon, had complained of bullying at work in the weeks before he killed himself.

Joseph Keighley
Family photo

An inquest into his death recorded a verdict of suicide. An independent fire service report found no evidence bullying contributed to his death in July.

A12 congested northbound

BBC Travel


very slow traffic on the A12 northbound in the roadworks area between J32a (Capel St Mary) and J33 (Copdock interchange).

Cole Skuse misses out

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse has missed out on being named as the Championship's Player of the Month for April.

Cole Skuse

The award has gone to Derby County's on-loan winger

Tom Ince.

Earlier this week 29-year-old Skuse won the Goal of the Season prize and the John Kerridge Memorial Trophy, as chosen by manager Mick McCarthy, at

Ipswich Town's end of season dinner.

CCTV released: Newmarket £100 food theft

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Police have released CCTV images of two women they want to speak to after

around £100 worth of food was stolen from a Newmarket store.

CCTV still
Suffolk Police

The theft took place in Crown Walk on 8 April, between 16:00 and 18:00.

Passengers on Abellio Greater Anglia

Mike Liggins

People often wonder who's behind the camera lens, so here's a picture of me and my cameraman, Grant Norman, on board the Abellio Greater Anglia refurbished train.

Mike Liggins and Grant Norman

We're checking out the changes on the carriages on the mainline. You can watch more about our day trip on BBC Look East at 18:30 on BBC1 or catch up on

the iPlayer later.

Four arrested in Lowestoft after drugs warrant

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Four people have been arrested after a home was searched in Tonning Street, Lowestoft.

Officers went to the address yesterday afternoon and found cannabis and what is believed to be ketamine and mephedrone at the property.

All four have been bailed until 1 July.

Heritage railway attraction

Lowestoft Journal

It's being reported that plans to reinstate a stretch of the Halesworth-Southwold railway line at Wenhaston have been turned down.


Southwold Railway Trust had hoped to create a new heritage attraction with a replica station, engine shed and platform, but Suffolk Coastal have rejected the proposal for a second time.

Latest news headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest headlines:

  • Crash driver
    changes his plea to guilty
  • Businessmen criticise Greater Anglia train upgrade
  • England star Billy Vunipola to visit Bury St Edmunds rugby club

Racing driver Josh Webster on pole in Belgium

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Racing driver Josh Webster, from Stowmarket, will be on pole for both Porsche Carrera Cup races at Spa Francorchamps this weekend after he

left the opposition trailing in his wake during qualifying.

Josh Webster racing

The 21-year-old from Stowmarket is at Spa in Belgium for rounds three and four of this year's championship.

He's hoping to get back in the title hunt after a mixed opening weekend at Brands Hatch.

Armed robbery: Victim 'not serious'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The victim in this morning's armed robbery is "not seriously injured", Suffolk Police say.

Police tape

The man, who is his 50's,

was cut with a knife at a business premises in Lovetofts Drive around 09:45, but his injuries are not believed to be serious.

The offender is described as male, around 6ft (1.8m) tall, wearing a waist length motorcycle coat, dark jeans, trainers and a motorcycle helmet.

Crash death driver to be sentenced

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

A teenager who killed two men when his car crashed into a Suffolk pub will be sentenced on 20 May.

Ipswich crown court

Miles Cash, 19, from Wokingham in Berkshire, had originally denied two charges of causing death by dangerous driving, but he admitted them at

Ipswich Crown Court earlier.

His passengers Christopher Doran, 19, from Cheltenham, and Jonny Cash, 18, from Ashford, died when the car hit the White Hart in Blythburgh, in November, 2013.

'We do our jobs and we're in the play-offs'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers says he can't wait for kick-off in tomorrow's match with Blackburn, a point from which will guarantee the Blues a play-off place.

Luke Chambers

"If we perform the way we have for 45 games so far this season, then come 3 o'clock we'll be in the play-offs," he said.

The skipper has thanked Town fans for their support and believes many have got their enjoyment and affinity with the club back.

Terry Butcher takes over at Newport County

BBC Sport

As predicted earlier this week, ex-Ipswich Town defender Terry Butcher has been

appointed as the new manager of League Two club Newport County.

Terry Butcher
Getty Images

The former Coventry, Sunderland and Brentford boss has been out of work since being sacked as manager of Hibernian in June last year.

His new club is currently three points outside the play-off places with one game to go, but inferior goal difference means they're set for another season at that level.

Businessman would prefer trains were 'reliable'

Mike Liggins

Royal Mail audit manager Paul Foulger told me he likes the refurbished Greater Anglia trains, but he'd rather they were reliable.

Paul Foulger

He travelled with me on the upgraded carriages while on business to Ipswich. He said he liked the carriages, but he'd "trade re-furbed carriages for

better reliability."

Crash death driver changes plea

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

A driver who had denied killing two men when he crashed his car into a pub has

changed his plea to guilty.

White Hart pub in Blythburgh

Miles Cash, 19, from Wokingham in Berkshire, who appeared at Ipswich Crown Court earlier, had denied two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

His passengers Christopher Doran, 19, from Cheltenham, and Jonny Cash, 18, from Ashford, died when the car hit the White Hart in Blythburgh, Suffolk in November 2013.

Billy Vunipola at Bury Rugby 7s this weekend

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

England and Saracens back row Billy Vunipola will visit

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club on Sunday to watch the Greene King IPA 7s at the Haberden.

Billy Vunipola
Getty Images

Premiership clubs Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints will be among those taking part, along with a team made up of members of the Wolfpack's promotion winning squad.

"7s is a a far more physical game than is often given credit for, and it's brilliantly entertaining for spectators," Vunipola says.

Greater Anglia: Power and spending a penny

Mike Liggins

I'm on the train - sitting on newly-upgraded carriages that Abellio Greater Anglia have launched today on the line between Norwich and London.

The Greater Anglia refurbished toilets on the train
Power socket on refurbished train

It's part of a £12m programme to upgrade it's intercity fleet. All very smart, there are power sockets at the seats and the toilets have had a refurb - but they are still not exactly the last word in luxury!

Man charged for '£600k fraud offences'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

A man will appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court later charged with fraud offences thought to be in excess of £600,000.

The 56-year-old man was arrested in Lancashire on 29 April and brought to Suffolk where was charged with 42 counts of fraud by false representation, relating to more than 20 victims.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Here are the top local stories at the moment:

  • A man has been attacked with a knife during an armed robbery in Ipswich
  • West Suffolk parliamentary candidates make suggestions for the future of Mildenhall airbase
  • Ipswich Town promotion to the Premier League would 'help the local economy'

Greater Anglia's new set of carriages revealed

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Abellio Greater Anglia is introducing its first fully upgraded set of refurbished carriages onto the mainline between Norwich and London.

Launch of new Abellio carriages

There's new carpets, new plug points and re-upholstered seats.

Your pictures of Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Here's a lovely photograph sent in to us by Rosemarie Jessop taken in Little Thurlow, west Suffolk.

Oil seed rape at Little Thurlow
Rosemarie Jessop

Don't forget you can send us a photograph too. Please

email us with your shots of Suffolk landscapes, seascapes, the weather, wildlife and anything else that showcases what a great place Suffolk is to live.

Economic benefit from Ipswich Town FC promotion

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The chairman of business organisation

Ipswich Central says Ipswich Town getting promoted to the Premier League would have an enormous economic impact for the area.

Portman Road

Terry Baxter says it's a chance for the football club to repay the town for supporting them over the last decade.

Town have to win or draw in tomorrow's match at Blackburn to keep a Championship play-off place.

Teachers 'committed' to system

East Anglian Daily Times

Hardwick school in Bury St Edmunds may be closing in July 2016 but teachers and pupils

remain committed to middle school system.

Man cut with knife in armed robbery

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

A man was cut with a knife in an armed robbery in Ipswich this morning,

say Suffolk Police.

Police tape

A collection was being made from a business premises in Lovetofts Drive, when the man, who's in his 50s was approached from behind.

He was cut with a knife on his wrist and was treated by paramedics at the scene. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Milestone for Greater Anglia

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The first fully refurbished intercity train is en route from Norwich to Liverpool Street today, calling at Stowmarket just before 11:30.

Refurbished carriage
Greater Anglia

Abellio Greater Anglia are spending £12m to overhaul MkIII carriages in a project that's due to be completed in 18 months.

Jonathan Denby, from Abellio, said today is an "important milestone" and customers have been positive on improvements such as new lighting and plug points.

Suffolk's headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are the mid-morning headlines:

  • Ipswich Town prepare for last league game of the season
  • West Suffolk politicians debate what next for RAF Mildenhall
  • Pantomime is set to return to Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion

John Wark: Ipswich Town v Blackburn match a 'cup final'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

John Wark, former Ipswich Town and Scotland player, has arrived at BBC Suffolk ahead of tomorrow's match against Blackburn Rovers. Town need a point from the game to confirm a place in the play-offs.

John Wark

Wark said: "We will get the point to take us into the play-offs.

"This will be like a cup final for us, and that will be the first game of four for the club to get all the way to the Premier League."

A guide to Mildenhall

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The impact on the closure of Mildenhall was key issue in this morning's election debate on BBC Radio Suffolk.

Defence graphic
  • The USAF announced it is going to pull out of RAF Mildenhall in January 2015
  • In 2013-14, the USAF estimated Mildenhall was worth $331m (£219m) to the local economy
  • RAF Mildenhall has been used as a transport hub by the USAF and as a home to air refuelling tankers and special operations forces

You can read more about the impending closure


Mitigate impact of losing Mildenhall airbase

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The base is set to close in four years time.

Mildenhall Town Centre
  • Julian Flood (UKIP) said he'd be in favour of moving cargo flights from Heathrow to the Suffolk site
  • Niall Pettit (Green Party) said the site could be used for housing, but local people must be involved in the planning

Mildenhall airbase closure

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

During this morning's political debate on

BBC Radio Suffolk, candidates from west Suffolk were asked how they would mitigate the effects of the closure of Mildenhall airbase on the local economy.

Aerial shot of RAF Mildenhall
Mike Page
  • Matthew Hancock (Conservative) said listen to local people, and ensure there's a plan in place ahead of the closure
  • Michael Jefferys (Labour) said relocate Cambridge Airport to the site
  • Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Lib Dem) suggested creating another science park or using it for housing

Traffic lights fail in Tattingstone

Ipswich Star

tweets: Traffic light failure causes traffic delays from Tattingstone to Brantham

Mick McCarthy on preparing for Blackburn

Brenner Woolley

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says the atmosphere around the training ground has been relaxed as the team prepares for it's last league game of the season.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Looking ahead to tomorrow's game at Blackburn he said: " I think putting too much emphasis on it and too much pressure on it can only be counter-productive.

"Everybody else is doing that so we've done exactly the same as we've done all season and will prepare for the game in the same way."

West Suffolk's candidates prepare for the debate

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The last of political debates before the election is underway on the

Mark Murphy show. This time it's candidates from west Suffolk.

Candidates as they prepare at BBC Suffolk

This morning you'll hear from:

  • Julian Flood (UKIP)
  • Matthew Hancock (Conservative)
  • Michael Jefferys (Labour)
  • Niall Pettit (Green Party)
  • Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Lib Dem)

You can find out more about the candidates standing across Suffolk on the

BBC Election 2015 website.

Commuter criticises lack of carriages

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

On the day Abellio Greater Anglia introduce their first upgraded MKIII Intercity carriages, a regular Suffolk commuter has criticised the way the company has withdrawn carriages from use during the refurbishment.

Abellio greater anglia train

Martin Campbell says he is concerned the company doesn't have enough spare carriages, spare locomotives and that passengers suffered because trains had been been shortened.

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