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

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it for today

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

That's all for a busy day on Suffolk Live, thanks for getting in touch.

My colleague Kate Williams will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them.

Have a great evening.

Demolition fears for Worlingham bungalow

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A woman whose home was crushed by a falling tree in Worlingham overnight says she fears it will have to be knocked down and rebuilt.

Worlingham bungalow under a tree

Margaret Pagram was speaking after the bungalow she shares with husband Ray was seriously damaged by a 250-year-old

Caucasian elm.

"Of the three properties, the damage to two is relatively minor, however the third property is affected to the extent that temporary alternative accommodation will be required," Waveney District Council say.

Police seek two men following Ipswich rape

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Police are looking for two men in connection with reports of a rape in Ipswich town centre on Saturday afternoon.

Map of Ipswich town centre

A teenager has said two men asked her for directions and asked her to go with them. They walked along Princes Street towards King Street then into an alleyway in the Queen Street area where she was threatened then raped.

One man is described as black, around 5ft (1.5m) tall in his late teens wearing a light grey tracksuit. The other man has a dark complexion, of medium build and wearing a short black waterproof coat.

Ipswich rape investigation

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Police are asking anyone who was in the Queen Street area of Ipswich on Saturday afternoon to come forward after a teenage girl reported being raped in an alleyway there.

The incident happened between 13:45 and 14.30, police say.

Simon Hall pre-inquest date set

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A date has been set for the latest phase of the inquest into the death of Suffolk killer Simon Hall.

Simon Hall

A pre-inquest, when the coroner will deal with any outstanding matters to allow the case to be prepared for a final hearing, will take place at the Norfolk Coroner's Court on 14 May.

Hall, who was jailed for life in 2003 for the murder of 79-year-old Joan Albert at her home in Capel St Mary,

was found dead in his prison cell in February 2014.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Top local stories this afternoon:

  • A man's been remanded after an incident in Ipswich where another man received multiple stab wounds
  • A nightclub owner
    has been jailed for four years for killing a man who was refused entry to his Newmarket venue
  • East Anglia's Children's Hospice plans a gift for its patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, after the birth of Princess Charlotte

Weather update

Sara Thornton

BBC Look East

Very windy tomorrow with bright or sunny spells and blustery showers, these possibly merging to give longer spells of rain, especially in the afternoon.

There is a chance of gales for a time too. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

Suffolk students at St Andrews

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A group of students from the Lee Westwood School of Golf in Stoke by Nayland are playing at the famous St Andrews course this week.

St Andrews Golf Course

They've reached the national finals on the British Schools and Colleges Tour.

"We look forward to playing a great course and bringing a trophy home,"

said lead coach Mark Hetherington.

Gunpoint robbery: Three men released

Bury Free Press

Three men arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Bury St Edmunds jewellers last year, in which more than £100,000 worth of high-value watches were stolen, have been told

they will face no further action.

They were arrested three days after the robbery at Preston & Duckworth, on Cornhill, which took place at around 4.50pm on 4 November.

'Year of the Badger'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

After news of the Malaysian snake with a new home - we're staying with wildlife matters. At the Springwatch press launch earlier the team said they're hoping 2015 will be the "year of the badger".

Two badgers in woodland

For the first time they've fitted GPS trackers to three families of badgers living on the

Minsmere reserve and have been following their movements since January.

Springwatch returns to BBC Two on 25 May, broadcasting for three weeks from the Suffolk coast.... and yes, we'll have lots of wildlife drama updates.

Stowaway snake to be given company

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Look East

A Malaysian snake that has been rehomed at a wildlife sanctuary after being

found in a box of timber in Ipswich will be placed with another of its species after it has spent time in quarantine.

Mangrove snake at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Scott Bird, manager at Thrigby Hall in Norfolk, says the stowaway snake has yet to be sexed and is still considered a youngster.

"Being wild caught we're not sure if it's picked up any parasites... so we have to make sure it's got a clean bill of health before we mix it with any other animals," he said.

Man remanded after knife attack

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A man from Ipswich has been charged with wounding with intent and possession of a knife in a public place, following an incident in Dickens Road in the town.

Dickens Road, Ipswich

The 25-year-old, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday 14 May.

The charges relate to an incident on 22 April where a 29-year-old man received multiple stab wounds to the body.

Felixstowe Road in Levington closed

BBC Travel

Felixstowe Road in Levington is closed in both directions from the A1156 Felixstowe Road junction, because of Operation Stack.

High winds mean the Port of Felixstowe is closed to lorries, which are using the old A45 to park up until conditions improve.

EACH gift for Duchess of Cambridge

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH) is planning on sending a gift to their royal patron after the birth of Princess Charlotte.

EACH Treehouse in Ipswich

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge,

carried out her first official speech at the Treehouse in Ipswich in 2012 and remains an active patron for the charity.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

In the latest local headlines:

  • A Suffolk nightclub owner is jailed for four years after a man died outside his venue
  • A plaque is unveiled in memory of former Suffolk tennis star Elena Baltacha
  • Operation Stack, which allows lorries to park up at Levington during high winds, is in place at the Port of Felixstowe

Picture released of jailed nightclub owner

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Police have issued a photograph of the Newmarket nightclub owner who's been jailed for four years for manslaughter.

Peter Crotty
Suffolk Police

Peter Crotty, 33, of Nimbus Way in the town, was recorded on CCTV pushing 51-year-old Adrian Williams, from Soham, off a pavement.

Mr Williams sustained fatal injuries when he hit the path and died just after Christmas last year.

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Eleanor Preston

tweets: Lovely plaque and magnolia tree in Bally's memory unveiled at the NTC. @BritishTennis family has been incredibly supportive.

Elena Baltacha

Elena Baltacha, who

died from liver cancer a year ago, lived in Ipswich and set up the
Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis in the town.


National Tennis Centre opened in London in 2007 and has 22 tennis courts, accommodation and a world-class sports science centre.

Stowaway snake gets new home

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Look East

A stowaway mangrove snake that was found 6,000 miles away from its home in Malaysia has been re-homed in Norfolk.

Mangrove snake at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

The 3ft (1m) black and yellow ringed snake was found in a crate of timber at Ransomes Europark

last week.

It has been brought back to full health by the RSPCA and taken to

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth.

Travel flash

BBC Travel


A131 Cross Street in Sudbury is closed at the junction of the B1115 (Church Street) because of an accident.

Elsewhere one lane is closed on the A14 eastbound before J40 (Higham) because of an obstruction on the road.

Special trains for Norwich City supporters on Saturday

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

In addition to regular services, an extra train will run on Saturday to allow Norwich City supporters to travel to Ipswich for the Championship Play-Off semi-final first leg match at Portman Road.

Ipswich railway station

The return service will depart Norwich at 10:50, calling at Diss at 11:08 and arriving in Ipswich at 11:33. Kick-off is at 12:15

For more details take a look at the

Abellio Greater Anglia website.

High winds halt lorry drivers

Suffolk police


tweet: Lorry drivers RT: Op Stack in place at Port of Felixstowe due to high winds. Vehicles to be held at #Levington - please follow directions.

While Operation Stack is in progress, lorry drivers will park on the Old Felixstowe Road, near Levington, until the wind dies down.

Lowestoft stabbing: Good response to appeals

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Police say they had received a good response to appeals after a 30-year-old woman was stabbed in Lowestoft.

Police at scene in Lowestoft
Suffolk & Norfolk Travel Information

The woman was treated at the James Paget Hospital but was not thought to be seriously hurt in the incident in Wilson Road, Pakefield on Saturday morning. She had stopped to ask for directions, police said.

Dead Rat Orchestra tour former execution sites

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Dead Rat Orchestra came to our radio station a couple of years ago, armed with some meat cleavers and a 6ft section of a tree, and performed a mesmerising, yet bizarre session.

Dead Rat Orchestra
Dead Rat Orchestra

Since then they've used a canal boat as the mode of transport for a tour, and recreated centuries-old folk music sang by

groups of vigilantes.

So perhaps it's not surprising that their next tour, starting on 27 May, will have a sinister twist - with all venues being former sites of

public executions.

Mathie backs Sears to shine against Norwich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

He famously scored a hat-trick for Ipswich against Norwich in 1998, and now Alex Mathie is backing another Town striker to shine against the old enemy in the play-offs.

Freddie Sears
Getty Images

Freddie Sears has found the net nine times for the Blues since joining from Colchester in January, and has formed an impressive partnership with Daryl Murphy.

"Sears is a livewire and he and Murphy will be a thorn in Norwich's side on Saturday," said Mathie. "They've linked up really well in the last few games."

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest local headlines so far today:

  • A Newmarket nightclub owner is jailed for four years for manslaughter
  • Worlingham residents have a lucky escape after a tree falls on their homes
  • Springwatch presenters look forward to returning to Minsmere

Crotty an 'arrogant bully'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

Peter Crotty, 33, a nightclub owner from Newmarket, has been jailed for four years for the manslaughter of Adrian Williams.

Sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court Judge David Goodin said it was "the act of an arrogant bully".

Mr Williams, 51, from Soham, died 17 days after the incident in December.

Four year sentence for nightclub owner

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A nightclub owner has been jailed for four years for killing a man who was refused entry to his venue in Newmarket.

Ipswich crown court building

Adrian Williams, 51, from Soham, was turned away by bouncers from the Aura club at about 22:00 GMT on 27 December.

CCTV footage showed that owner Peter Crotty, 33, then shoved him, making him fall to the floor and sustaining fatal injuries from hitting the path, the court heard.

BreakingNewmarket man jailed for manslaughter

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

We've just heard from Andrew Woodger at Ipswich Crown Court that Newmarket nightclub owner Peter Crotty has been given a four-year prison sentence for the manslaughter of Adrian Williams in December.

We'll bring you more shortly.

Worlingham tree loses branch before

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A tree that fell on three bungalows in Worlingham in the early hours of this morning has lost a branch in the past, says a local resident.

Someone taking a photo of the fallen tree in Worlingham
Nigel Hunt

Nigel Hunt told BBC Radio Suffolk: "About three years ago... a big branch come down and we had the tree surgeons out. They did a survey on it and there was a bit of concern then."

Springwatch returns to Minsmere

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The Springwatch team are in London this morning for the press call about this year's series which returns to

RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast for the second year running.

Springwatch presenters
BBC/Jo Charlesworth

Michaela Strachan

tweets: It may be grey, drizzly and blowing a gale but we're gearing up for
@BBCSpringwatch. Starts 25th may.

Ipswich mum urges organ donor register

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The mother of twins from Ipswich who died within days of each other last month is urging people to sign up to the organ donor register.

NHS donor card

Margaret Wright hopes it's a way people can pay tribute to Marie and John, who were 23-years-old and had cystic fibrosis.

Speaking on BBC Radio Suffolk she said Marie had been a passionate campaigner on the issue, supporting the idea of automatically opting people in to donation rather than rely on sign-ups.

Avoid A143 at Gt Barton

Suffolk Police

St Edmundsbury Police

tweets: Traffic lights on A143 Great Barton for road works. Congested, if you can avoid the area, please do so.

Will you be our picture 'hero'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Every day we feature a large image of a Suffolk landscape, seascape or iconic part of the county at the top of our live page - we call it a "hero image", but will you be our hero?

Felixstowe Docks from Trimley Marshes
James Hazell

Today's main image was taken by James Hazell and features an aerial view of Felixstowe Docks taken from the direction of Trimley Marshes.

If you've got a high-resolution photograph you feel would work as a showcase picture please

submit it via email, or our
Facebook page.

New five-year deal for Marketmen manager

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has agreed a new five-year deal with the club.

Mark Morsley

Morsley returned to Bloomfields in 2013 and guided the Marketmen to the

Ryman One North title this season.

He says: "I believe we can become an established club at Conference South level in the coming years."

West Suffolk Hospital officially opens new training centre

East Anglian Daily Times

A plaque has been unveiled to officially open West Suffolk Hospital's new £500,000 clinical skills unit.

The unit, which is attached to the hospital's education centre at the rear of the Bury St Edmunds site, will help to make sure the next generation of doctors receive the best possible training.

Worlingham residents 'can't believe their eyes'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

BBC Look East reporter Richard Daniel has just arrived in Worlingham where a tree fell on to three bungalows in the early hours of this morning.

Worlingham tree from under canopy

"Neighbours can't believe their eyes," he says. "They are just grateful that no-one has been seriously hurt."

'We were collectively poor and Sheffield deserved it'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

We are still in the early stages of the new speedway season but Ipswich Witches team manager Phil Hilton already has a job on his hands at Foxhall.

Speedway race

A second straight league loss, where the Witches

were defeated by the Sheffield Tigers 44-49 on Monday, was all the more alarming given that it came on the Suffolk team's home track.

"Sheffield rode well, but they weren't exceptional. The truth is we collectively rode quite poorly,"

said Hilton.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest news headlines for Suffolk so far:

  • A 'well-known' tree in Worlingham falls on three bungalows
  • Elvis marathon run raises £1,500 for St Elizabeth Hospice
  • Ipswich Town 'must defend better' against Norwich in the play-offs

'I've never heard anything like it'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A man from Worlingham has been describing the moment a tree came down on three bungalows in the village in the early hours of this morning.

Fallen Worlingham tree
Nigel Hunt

Nigel Hunt, who lives just one door away from the bungalows that were damaged,

told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I honestly thought our windows were coming in."

He said the bungalows have stood up incredibly well to the force of the tree which collapsed about 03:00. It is now resting on the top of their roofs.

'Ipswich Town have done nothing yet'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Ipswich striker Alex Mathie says Town are still a long way from the Premier League and must defend better against Norwich in the play-offs.

Ipswich Town players Tyrone Mings and Christophe Berra

Mathie, watched the Blues lose 3-2 at Blackburn at the weekend and believes manager Mick McCarthy has work to do ahead of Saturday's first leg at Portman Road.

"Ipswich have got to defend better because anything that came into the box at Blackburn looked like being a threat," he said.