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  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

That's it from Suffolk Live for today. Thanks for scrolling by and do please join us on the big election day tomorrow when we'll have double live page special.

My colleague Philippa Taylor will be here from 08:00 as usual until 18:00 with Suffolk Live news, weather, travel and sport.

Then tomorrow night from 22:00 we'll have an election live page special bringing you reaction and results from across the East region as it happens.

'I'd be happy if I could vote'

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

As well as people under 18, serving prisoners, members of the House of Lords and non-UK citizens are

unable to vote in tomorrow's election.

Harim Hussein

Harim Hussein, 28, from Iraq, has lived in England for 12 years but has yet to gain citizenship. He works in a shop in Ipswich and says he talks about politics with customers and friends.

"It's nothing to make me cry, but I would be happy if I could vote," he said. "I like politics and would like to get involved. This is my country."

Riding for Disabled group inundated with push bike offers

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Offers of help for the Riding for Disabled Hollesley group have flooded into BBC Radio Suffolk today.

Pony and trap
Riding for Disabled Hollesley

They appealed earlier for unused pushbikes which are needed when disabled clients are taken out on horses.

They were hoping for at least six offers of bikes, but around 20 people have already called pledging their sets of wheels.

Plays-offs catch 'imagination of supporters'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town Football Club has branded Saturday's play-off game against Norwich as one of the most important clashes between the two rivals ever.

Packed ITFC stadium
Getty Images

Club spokesman Steve Pearce said: "It's the biggest East Anglian derby ever because of the prize at stake and it's a game that's obviously caught the imagination of the supporters."

By mid-afternoon there were only some 200 tickets left for the first leg of Saturday's play-off game.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Hello, here's a late-afternoon update on the Suffolk Live headlines:

  • Stoke-by-Clare: Man's body found 'unexplained but not suspicious'
  • Ipswich Town Football Club play-off tickets all but sold out
  • Basketball team can 'win the league'

Too young to vote

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

While millions of people around the country will be heading to the polls tomorrow, spare a thought for those who wish they could have a say, but are unable to.

Tony Diver
Geoff Barton

Tony Diver, a student at Bury St Edmunds' King Edward VI School who plans to study politics at Oxford, turns 18 in July - meaning he's too young to cast a vote. He says it's "frustrating".

"The general big political issues are also things that young people are interested in," he said.

Halesworth fire: 'No risk to public'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Precautionary protective measures were brought in once crews thought hazardous materials were involved in the Halesworth industrial estate blaze, says the fire service.

Building at the Blyth Road Industrial Estate

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "It was thought that there was low-risk asbestos cement present in the building construction, therefore appropriate protective measures were put in place for on-scene responders.

"There was no risk to the general public or the environment".

The fire broke out on the Blyth Road Industrial Estate in Halesworth around 19:45 yesterday.

Ipswich Strictly star still part of dancing 'family'

Ipswich Star

Ipswich dancing star Robin Windsor

has been told he will remain part of the Strictly Come Dancing "family" despite his axe from the celebrity ballroom show.

The 35-year-old says he was "disappointed" he was not recalled to Strictly after missing last year's show with a serious back injury, which prompted fears he would never dance again.

Stoke-by-Clare: Man's body found

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Police are treating the death of a man whose body was discovered on Monday at Stoke-by-Clare as unexplained but not suspicious.

Officers were called woodland near Maple Hill at 18:15.

A post mortem has taken place but the body is yet to be formally identified, as officers have had difficulty contacting the dead man's next-of-kin.

Play-off tickets almost a 'sell out'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Tickets for Ipswich Town Football Club's Saturday's play-off against Norwich are all but sold out, says the club.

Ipswich Town stadium
Tony Marshall

Just 200 tickets were left by mid-afternoon for the 29,000-capacity stadium, said a spokesman.

Basketball team can 'win the league'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

England senior international guard Taner Adu has been signed by Ipswich Basketball Club.

The 31 year old is Nick Drane's first signing of the summer as the head coach looks to build a team that will win promotion to division one next season.

"Taner is here to win and for him to overlook all other offers to come here says a lot about our programme,"

Drane said.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are your afternoon headlines

  • Fans have queued for hours for tickets for Saturday's play-off match in Ipswich
  • Suffolk looks ahead to polling day
  • New basketball recruit 'delighted' with move to club

Ipswich v Norwich: Police warning to fans

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Ipswich's Police's Commander is advising football fans to get to the match early to enjoy the match safely, as they

set out their policing plans for Saturday's game.

Portman Road

Supt Louisa Pepper said: "We will be dealing with fans as they would expect to be treated. There will be a strong, visible policing presence and our style will be firm, friendly and fair."

Battle for Ipswich: Greens look for breakthrough

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

Throughout the day we've been looking at Ipswich and hearing from the

candidates ahead of tomorrow's election.

Ipswich town centre

Barry Broom, from the Green Party, is the only candidate who has yet to responded to a request for a comment.

However, the party's website says priorities include a "fully public NHS" and housing for all, and that its members are "motivated by respect for the planet".

Mammatus cloud over Suffolk

Sara Thornton

BBC Look East

Thanks to George Grimshaw for this great example of a mammatus cloud captured earlier today in Bury St Edmunds.

Mammatus cloud

They form on the under side of cumulonimbus, or shower clouds, when the turbulence within the cloud helps to form the bulges in the mammatus.

We always love to see your Suffolk weather images, so always feel you can

send them to us by email and check out this
guide to clouds from the Met Office.

New cranes add to port capacity

East Anglian Daily Times

Rail freight facilities at the Port of Felixstowe have been expanded further with the commissioning of two new rail mounted gantry cranes.

The new cranes, which have been installed at the port's North Rail Terminal, have been co-financed by the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme and manufactured by the Swiss-based company Leibherr.

Search for shortest yellow lines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

They say size matters - so take a look at this - at less than a metre long they are believed to be England's shortest yellow lines.

Short yellow lines

The picture about the "ludicrous" lines came

from a story written by our colleagues in Bristol... but do you know of any shorter lines in Suffolk? Have you spotted any other unusual road furniture in the county?
Get in touch.

Election 2015: Selfies not advised in polling booths

Election 2015

What are the rules when it comes to voting? What can't you do in a polling station? It seems selfies, for one, are ill-advised.

Polling station sign

Take a look at BBC Magazine's more light-hearted look at the rules and regulations about what's advisable, and what's not, in your polling station on polling day.

Battle for Ipswich: Council structure holds town back

Labour candidate David Ellesmere,

one of five candidates standing in Ipswich, says the town's progress is being "held back" by the current two-tier structure of local government and that a unitary council based on larger boundaries is required.

Ipswich waterfront

"None of the Conservative councillors running Suffolk County Council live in or understand Ipswich," he said.

"Their focus is on rural issues. We have also been hampered latterly by having a Conservative MP who has not been prepared to criticise his Conservative colleagues when they have made bad decisions for the town."

Drier and brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon will feel cool, with some rain possible and gales in places but it will be drier, brighter and slightly less windy towards the evening.

BBC weather graphic

The wind should continue to ease overnight, with remaining rain clearing eastwards to leave things drier and calmer for the rest of the night.

Minimum overnight temperature 9C (48F).

Lunchtime headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are the headlines in Suffolk this lunchtime:

  • A golden eagle that escaped from Stratford St Mary has been found
  • Police issue advice for Saturday's Ipswich Town play-off match
  • Disruption on mainline trains through county

Basketball: New recruit 'delighted' with move

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Basketball Club's latest signing Taner Adu says he believes they can win the league and be promoted.

Taner Adu
Ipswich Basketball Club

He said: "I am delighted to be joining team like Ipswich Basketball Club, after a year in and out of basketball, I felt joining a club that has a professional set up with high level players that I know very well was the right move for me. "

Battle for Ipswich: 'Hidden' potential

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

Infrastructure in Ipswich "needs to keep up with the 21st Century", education needs to improve and a better mix of shops, restaurants and leisure centres has to be in place to attract people into the town centre, Liberal Democrat candidate Chika Akinwale has said.

Ipswich town centre
Geograph: Keith Evans

One of

five candidates standing in the hotly contested seat she said: "There's a lot of potential in Ipswich but, quite unfortunately, its potential has been hidden and made dormant to the rest of UK."

Train disruption until mid-afternoon

Great Anglia

tweets: #HaroldWood - All lines are now OPEN. Disruption will continue until 15:00 whilst we recover the service

Arrive early for Ipswich play-off, say police

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Fans are being encouraged by police to arrive at Portman Road early on Saturday in order to enjoy the fixture safely.

Mick McCarthy

The turnstiles open at 10:45. You can read about their plans for policing the match


The eagle has landed

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The golden eagle who went missing from Stratford St Mary a short time ago has been found, police say.

The missing bird of prey was retrieved by his handler around half-a-mile away from his home. We're just trying to get in touch with his owner to find out what happened.

Tickets sales going well at Portman Road

Ipswich Town FC

tweets: 26,400 tickets sold so far! Limited amount remaining.... #ITFC

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here's the latest headlines from Suffolk:

  • Ipswich play-off match sees long queues as fans wait for tickets
  • A golden eagle is reported to have escaped from near Stratford St Mary
  • A clean-up operation is under way following a depot fire in Halesworth

Golden eagle on the loose in Suffolk

We've just been told a

golden eagle is on the loose after escaping from a private address near Stratford St Mary this morning.

A golden eagle

Police said the bird had recently been fed but warned it was possible it could prey on small animals.

Battle for Ipswich: Town 'doing really well'

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

Ipswich is "doing really well", but "could be doing even better" with some "vision and dynamism", says Conservative candidate Ben Gummer, one of

the candidates standing in the seat.

Ipswich Waterfront crossing
Ben Gummer

"Better road and rail links, a new Wet Dock Crossing and Northern Route, a decent strategy for the town centre and further improvements to our local health service - all of this will come if we are prepared to be bold," he said.

Basketball: Ipswich sign Taner Adu

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Basketball Club has announced it has signed England senior international guard Taner Adu.

Taner Adu
Ipswich Basketball Academy

The club says they are preparing for another attempt for promotion to the National Basketball League's

top division.

Adu will bring a level of quality and experience to the guard position that will make Ipswich an even more daunting proposition for opposing defences.

Halesworth fire: Concern over hazardous materials

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Extra resources were sent to the scene of the Halesworth fire last night as firefighters were concerned asbestos and other potentially hazardous materials could have been involved.

Daylight scene of fire at industrial estate unit

It took several hours to bring the fire in the single storey workshop under control. This morning the building is cordoned off with tape as the clean up operation continues.

Play-off tickets queue

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

There was a good atmosphere outside Portman Road first thing today as fans got into the play-offs spirit. Ticket sales got underway at 08:00.

Scene from the queue at ITFC

One fan told me he got to the ground at 02:15 to guarantee his tickets.

Council bickering 'holding Ipswich back'

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

Throughout today we'll be taking a look at what makes Ipswich such a key seat in the election campaign.

Maria Vigneau, UKIP candidate for Ipswich, agrees that a unitary authority should be created for Ipswich and that a Greater Ipswich idea, suggested

in a study for the Ipswich Society, should be explored.

Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council buildings in Ipswich

"I feel the

infighting between the Labour controlled borough council and Conservative county council holds Ipswich back," she said. "It was the single biggest issue that was consistently brought to my attention once selected as parliamentary candidate."

You can

find out more about the candidates for the Ipswich seat on the BBC Election website.

Halesworth fire: Clean-up gets under way

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A clean-up operation got under way this morning after a fire at a Suffolk County Council Highway depot in Halesworth last night.

Scene at Suffolk County Council Highway depot

Fire crews were called to reports of black smoke coming from one of the units at the Blyth Road Industrial estate about 19:45.

The battle for Ipswich

Richard Haugh

BBC News Online

With just hours to go until polls open Ipswich is being viewed as a key swing seat in the

election, so will no doubt receive plenty of national coverage by commentators tomorrow night.

Ipswich Waterfront
Geograph: Colin Paton

It has already come under scrutiny locally, courtesy of a study for the

Ipswich Society by businessman Mark Ling, who compares the once "highly influential" town with "regional competitors" Norwich and Cambridge - and finds it to be underperforming.

In a two-page analysis sent to business leaders and politicians, Mr Ling, who says he has no political affiliation, proposes the boundaries of the town be extended to form a Greater Ipswich unitary area - to include the likes of BT Martlesham and the Port of Felixstowe. He said this would boost the town's economy and have a knock-on effect to the surrounding area.

Ambulance trust considers measures to combat stress

East Anglian Daily Times

A union last night insisted patients would not be put at risk by plans to limit the number of 999 calls paramedics respond to in the last hour of their shift.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust is considering stopping staff from responding to certain emergencies in their final hour of work because it can often lead to the paramedics working two or three hours beyond their shift - causing stress.

200-strong queue at Portman Road

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

At least a couple of hundred fans have been queuing up at Portman Road this morning for tickets for Saturday's play-off match against Norwich with some arriving at 02:15.

People queuing for tickets

David, from Redisham, told me he'd joined the queue because he didn't trust the internet as "yesterday it was crashing".

He says: "It is frustrating but... it's the way we are, everybody thinks online is the best policy but I think queuing builds the atmosphere up to the game. It's pay back on Saturday, Ipswich are going to win - so come on."

Today's weather: Bright, blustery and heavy showers

BBC Weather

It'll start bright but blustery and heavy showers will soon move in from the west. Becoming increasingly cloudy through the day, with some showers merging to give longer spells of rain.

Kate Kinsella with weather map

This evening will be drier and brighter, but windy, with gales possible towards Southwold and along the coast.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Watch the forecast with Kate Kinsella.

Fans 'placed in a queue'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

It's a sight for sore eyes for Ipswich Town fans this morning as thousands try to snap-up the final few tickets for their team's play-off match against Norwich City on Saturday.

Screen shot of ITFC website