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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates for Tuesday 12 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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It's goodnight from me

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

That's it for this evening from Suffolk Live.

My colleague Kate Williams will be here from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you the latest news, travel, weather and sport updates as it happens.

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Award for Augustinian church at Clare Priory

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The Augustinian church at Clare Priory has won the building conservation award and been named project of the year in the East of England by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Interior of Clare Priory old church
Inkpen Downie Architects

Father David Middleton said everyone involved was delighted to receive the double award from RICS: "Since the opening of our new church in July 2013 we have been struck by the beautiful combination of new and medieval," he said.

The Clare Priory project will now be considered for the RICS Awards grand final, which is held in October.

Care Quality Commission

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live


Care Quality Commission (CQC) has released reports on seven care homes and agencies in Suffolk in the past week - with four of them rated as good, two inadequate and one needing improvement.

CQC logo

The CQC says it is concerned about Kent Lodge Residential Home in Ipswich and Wellbeing Care Support Services in Lowestoft, which were both rated inadequate.

It says whenever it finds a service in that state, it will consider taking further action.

Travel update: A143 closed at Bury Central Interchange

BBC Travel

The A143 at Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds is

closed at the Bury Central Interchange because of an accident involving two vehicles on the roundabout.

There's also heavier than usual traffic on the A1214 at the Copdock interchange, and Frogs Hall Road in Lavenham is blocked at the Preston Road junction because of a two vehicle accident.

Dry and cold overnight

Sara Thornton

BBC Look East

Tonight will be dry and mostly clear, giving a cold night for the time of year, especially in more prone spots. Overnight lows of 5C (41F).

After a chilly start tomorrow, it will be a fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine across the area.

It will be a little cooler than today, but in the sunshine it will still feel pleasantly warm. Afternoon highs of 16C (61F).

Local headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest headlines this afternoon are:

  • Dale Roberts sentenced to nine years in prison for violent attack
  • A man is arrested following a sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds last night
  • Sudbury's train service will be on the agenda at a meeting on Friday

Meeting to discuss Sudbury train service

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge

tweets: Meeting @networkrail on Friday in Sudbury to discuss our local train service. This is a key area where we need improvement.

How would you like to see the local train service from Sudbury improved?

Send us an email or post a message on our
Facebook page.

Thomas Dolby hit 'rejected by Michael Jackson'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Thomas Dolby has recalled how his top 20 hit

Hyperactive was written for Michael Jackson, but the Thriller star turned it down.

Thomas Dolby

Suffolk-based musician Dolby, who is picking some of his favourite tracks for

James Hazell this week, said the song was offered to Jackson after he said he was unimpressed by initial songwriting efforts for the Jacksons' album Victory, which was released in 1984.

"When he told me he didn't think it worked I ended up doing it myself," he said.

Bury St Edmunds assault update: Man arrested

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A man has been arrested following an assault on a woman in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

A woman reported being attacked in woodlands in Shakers Lane, off Mount Road, at about 22:30.

Suffolk Police said a 21-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault this afternoon.

Suffolk Show preparations

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The semi-final of the Suffolk farming School of the Year has been taking place today at Trinity Park in Ipswich, and while he was there reporting for BBC Radio Suffolk, Luke Deal took this photograph of preparations for the annual

Suffolk Show, which gets under way on 27 May 2015.

Construction work at Trinity Park

I bet there won't be quite as much grass visible in a fortnight's time!

Lowestoft man to lose Motability car after reassessment

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A Lowestoft man who has a number of medical conditions including brittle bones, osteoporosis, and asthma is about to lose his Motability car after being reassessed.

Martin Thacker and dad Melvyn
John Fairhall

According to Motability, 100 people a week nationally are losing their cars.

You can hear 30-year-old Martin Thacker's story (pictured above with his father Melvyn) on

BBC Look East at 18:30 and
BBC Radio Suffolk Drive from 17:00.

Stoke Bridge skate park closed tomorrow

Ipswich Council

tweets: Ipswich's skate park at Stoke Bridge will be closed from tomorrow for essential repairs and maintenance.

E-fit issued over Bury St Edmunds sex attack

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

An e-fit of a suspect has been issued following the sexual assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

Bury assault suspect e-fit
Suffolk Constabulary

Officers were called about 22:30. The woman was followed by a man along Mount Road and forced into a wooded area, where a sexual assault took place.

She suffered a fractured wrist during the attack.

Man threatened to set light to petrol-doused ex-girlfriend

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

A Bury St Edmunds man has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend.

Ipswich crown court

Dale Roberts, 27, from Tollgate Lane, poured petrol on her and threatened to set her alight.

He was found guilty of assault, attempted GBH and threatening to commit damage to property on 19 February at Ipswich Crown Court.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest headlines this afternoon:

  • A Bury St Edmunds man who threatened to set light to his ex-girlfriend after dousing her with petrol is jailed for nine years
  • Suffolk MP Therese Coffey is "really looking forward" to her new role as deputy leader of the House of Commons
  • The restoration of East Anglia's "only remaining" horse-drawn tramcar
    should be completed within three years

Today's 'hero image' of Felixstowe port

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Today's main picture, or "hero image" as we call it, was taken by Carl Taylor.

Felixstowe Dock from Shotley Marina
Carl Taylor

Carl says: "It was taken from Shotley Marina, overlooking Felixstowe Port, when out dog walking."

If you've got a picture of Suffolk you think might work in this way, please

email us. It needs to be high resolution, landscape, and we'd like to know where it is and what you were doing when you took it. Thanks.

Via Twitter

Ipswich Buses

tweets: Service Change from 24th May, many of our routes and timetables are changing.

'Mindless vandalism in Sudbury'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A rapid response vehicle has been put out of action in Sudbury, in an act of vandalism described as "mindless".

Rapid response vehicles
East of England Ambulance Service Trust

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon, after a man was seen acting suspiciously outside the town's ambulance station in Acton Lane. A member of staff responded to a 999 call just before 17:30 but discovered that one of the tyres of the vehicle, similar to the ones pictured above, was punctured.

East of England Ambulance Service Trust spokesman Matt Broad said: "This incident put a rapid response vehicle out of service for several hours, which reduced the number of resources we had to attend to patients in Suffolk on Saturday"

Seized weapons on show at police museum

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Seized weapons, handcuffs and handwritten records are going on display at Suffolk Police's headquarters.

Items from Suffolk police museum
Suffolk Constabulary

Guided tours will allow members of the public to take a closer look at the force's history.

Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: "It is important to remember those who have served their communities and commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives."

Tramcar schedule outlined

The restoration of East Anglia's "only remaining" horse-drawn tramcar should be

completed within three years.

Tram at Ipswich Transport Museum
Mike Abbott/Ipswich Transport Museum

The wooden vehicle was withdrawn from service in Cambridge in 1914 and was being used as a workshop in Ely.

Volunteers from the Ipswich Transport Museum are rebuilding it at a cost of about £59,000.

Missing Luke Durbin: Mother praises police

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The mother of Luke Durbin says she welcomes the fact that the investigation into her son's disappearance is focussing on a Volvo car seen close to where he was last captured on CCTV, nine years ago today.

Nicki Durbin

Police know the silver or white Volvo 440 was seen in Orwell Place in Ipswich at 04:19 BST on Friday 12 May 2006, just minutes after the last CCTV images of Luke.

"I've always felt that that car has been really significant," said Nicki Durbin. "Despite the disappearance being nine years ago I am sure someone locally knows something."

Babergh and Mid Suffolk email issues

Babergh Council

tweets: Babergh & @MidSuffolk are having email and server issues today. It's being worked on but we're unable to reply to queries for the time being.

Therese Coffey's role a 'blank canvas'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Therese Coffey is "really looking forward" to her new government role, which she says is a "bit of a blank canvas".

Suffolk coastal MP Therese Coffey

The Suffolk Coastal MP has been appointed deputy leader of the House of Commons.

She thinks it'll be a wider role than what she previously had in the whips' office, but says it'll be a "chance for me to speak at the dispatch box on behalf of the government but essentially it's very much a role working with members of the commons across all parties".

Bright with sunny spells this afternoon

BBC Weather

Cloud and showery rain clearing, becoming dry and bright with sunny spells this afternoon.

Kate Kinsella with afternoon weather map

It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine, but fresher than on Monday.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

Lunchtime headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The stories making the headlines this lunchtime:

  • Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter stands down as a health minister, to be replaced by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer
  • Police seek a man with an "Eastern European accent" following a sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds
  • Ipswich Town's Luke Varney ruled out for for at least six months following Achilles surgery

Description of Bury St Edmunds sexual assault suspect

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The man suspected of assaulting a 25-year-old woman in Bury St Edmunds last night had an "Eastern European accent", Suffolk Police has said.

Shakers Lane in Bury St Edmunds

The man is described as being in his late teens, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 11in (1.7m to 1.8m) tall, with dark hair and was wearing a black tracksuit.

Det Insp Eamonn Bridger, who's leading the investigation into the incident in Shakers Lane, said: "This was a serious assault in which a woman who was walking on her own was subject to a traumatic attack."

Scouts raise £1,800 for Nepal earthquake victims

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Young members of Elmswell Scouts have completed a 25-mile bike ride to raise money for victims of last month's earthquake in Nepal.

Members of Elmswell scouts
Abbe Savill

Amongst the members of the scout group is 12-year-old Hari Sharma, whose father was a Sherpa in Nepal before coming to Suffolk and still has close links with the country.

This morning a further

major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest.

Dr Dan Poulter stands down as a health minister

Vikki Irwin

Political reporter, BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter has told the BBC he chose to stand down as a health minister, with Ipswich MP Ben Gummer taking up the junior health minister role.

Dan Poulter

Dr Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said he had to decide between medicine and ministerial work, and that he wanted to continue to work as a part-time doctor.

Mr Gummer was announced as the Parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Health earlier this morning, fuelling speculation about what Dr Poulter's role might be moving forward.

Dr Poulter had been a junior minister at the Department of Health since September 2012.

Dan Poulter loses out to Ben Gummer

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

We're getting reports that the appointment of Ben Gummer to the Department of Health has been at the expense of fellow Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter. We'll bring you more details as soon as we can.

Countdown to Springwatch at Minsmere

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Springwatch returns to our screens on 25 May, continuing until 11 June.

Bittern chicks

Amongst the rare birds we'll be able to see are bitterns (bittern chicks shown above), marsh harriers and avocets.

See a preview for the programme now.

RSPB Minsmere, home to Springwatch for the second year, has more than 5,600 plant and animal species recorded on the site.

Luke Varney out for at least six months

Ipswich Town

tweets: INJURY UPDATE: Luke Varney's operation is a success but striker is expected to be out for minimum of six months #itfc

Luke Varney injured against Norwich

Suffolk Police showcases memorabilia

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Police is showcasing its historical memorabilia over the upcoming months, as part of a social media campaign.

Display cabinet of Suffolk police memorabilia
Suffolk Constabulary

The exhibits are located within a museum at Martlesham police headquarters, which isn't open to the general public but tours can be arranged for organised groups.

Museum curator Paul Hyder says he hopes the campaign will "spark memories in those who have lived, worked or visited the area".

Suffolk's cricket team 'full of hope'

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk cricket captain Tom Huggins says the side are heading to Hertfordshire this weekend "full of hope and confidence".

Ball hitting cricket stumps

He believes Suffolk can upset the odds and qualify for the next stage of the Minor Counties Knock-Out Trophy.

Sunday's six-wicket defeat to Cambridgeshire means Suffolk not only have to win at Hertfordshire, but also have to rely on other results going their way.

Suffolk Family Carers given £445k grant

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Family Carers has been given £445,000 of Big Lottery Funding.

Mobile carers unit
Suffolk Family Carers

The money will finance its REACH pilot scheme, which aims to identify carers aged between five and nine-years-old.

The charity, which was

recently supported by BBC Radio Suffolk, will work alongside schools to make sure the children have the support they need.

New role for Ipswich MP Ben Gummer

David Cameron

tweets: Ben Gummer is to be Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health

Matthew Hancock relishing role

Matthew Hancock says he is "really looking forward" to his first full Conservative cabinet meeting today, having been made paymaster general and minister for civil service and efficiency.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock

The West Suffolk MP's responsibilities include making sure government is "more effective and more modern in the way that it goes about its business".

Latest headlines this morning

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The local headlines so far this morning:

  • Posters are put up in Ipswich nine years after teenager Luke Durbin's disappearance
  • A woman is sexually assaulted in Bury St Edmunds
  • Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans
    poses for a photograph with a young fan

Marcus Evans pictured with young fan

Richard Haugh

BBC News

After successfully avoiding the media spotlight for more than seven years, Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has broken his cover by

posing for a photograph with a young fan.

Marcus Evans and Jake Shenston
Darren Shenston

Evans, who has a reported wealth of £765m, has owned Ipswich Town since 2007 but has kept his identity a secret.

Darren Shenston said Evans was "nice and pleasant" and agreed to pose for a photo with his son Jake after Saturday's match at Portman Road.

David Ellesmere 'to remain Ipswich Borough Council leader'

East Anglian Daily Times

Just days after losing the Parliamentary seat to Conservative Ben Gummer, David Ellesmere is

set to retain the leadership of the borough council.

Members of the borough's ruling Labour group met last night to elect a leader in advance of next week's annual council meeting.

Fred Olsen cruise cut short by gastroenteritis

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A cruise run by Suffolk-based Fred Olsen has been cut short after an outbreak of a stomach bug.

Cruise ship Balmoral

The ship, named Balmoral,

returned to Southampton from a trip around Norway so it could be "systematically sanitized".

Passengers have been offered partial compensation.