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  1. Updates for Monday 11 May 2015
  2. More new, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

That's it for Suffolk Live for today - I hope you've had a chance to enjoy the sunshine.

I'll be back in the morning from 08:00 but you can get in touch before then by

sending us an email or posting a message on
our Facebook page.

Have a lovely evening.

Land purchase battles time and tide

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

A stretch of coastal heath land in Suffolk has

been bought by the National Trust for £200,000 to preserve it for future generations.

Dunwich Heath
Justin Minns

The trust says it made the purchase as the coastline constantly changes due to coastal erosion and extreme weather.

Footpaths around newly re-named Mount Pleasant Heath have been widened and maps of Dunwich Heath will be updated to help visitors explore the land.

Travel update: Slow traffic on A137

BBC Travel


slow traffic on the A137 southbound in Tattingstone at the Stutton Lane junction in the roadworks.

Weather update: A mild night with some light rain

Kate Kinsella

Tonight will be dry and clear to start with temperatures slowly dropping, although it'll stay quite mild.

Kate Kinsella with weather map

One or two showers will develop through the early hours, then some more cloud arriving by dawn bringing more light rain.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Bail for men linked with firearms offences

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Two men arrested in Ipswich in connection with firearms offences have been bailed until next month.

Martlesham police investigation centre
Suffolk Constabulary

The men, aged 45 and 49, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and taken to Martlesham police station for questioning.

The arrests followed an incident about 21:20 last night when police were called to reports of what was believed to be an air weapon being fired from a window in Birkfield Drive in the town.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

These are the top stories making the news this evening:

  • A Suffolk man will be in court tomorrow charged with £690k fraud offences
  • Ed Sheeran's parents share photos from his childhood for his latest
    official music video
  • West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock becomes minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Travel update: Bixley Road partially blocked

BBC Travel


A1189 Bixley Road in Ipswich is partially blocked at the Foxhall Road junction, because of an accident on the roundabout involving a bicycle.

Man charged with £690k fraud offences

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A Suffolk man is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court tomorrow charged with 42 counts of fraud.

The 57-year-old was arrested in Lancashire in April and brought to Suffolk where he was interviewed in connection with fraud offences believed to total in excess of £690,000.

Your pictures: Atmospheric photograph of Aldeburgh

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Zaren Templeton sent us this photograph over the weekend:

Martello Tower in Aldeburgh
Zaren Templeton

She says: "Today I spent the afternoon in the beautiful Aldeburgh although it was rather windy! I took this shot of the Martello Tower, I hope you enjoy."

We do indeed Zaren, thanks for taking the time to

email it to us. Did you take any photographs of Suffolk over the weekend? You can email them to us or
post them on our Facebook page.

Parents of Ed Sheeran share images of him as a child

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Most proud parents have scores of photographs of their children as they're growing up - but how many could expect their handiwork to be shared with the world?

A young Ed Sheeran with a guitar
The Sheeran family

Imogen and John Sheeran have handed over photos and video footage of their son Ed's childhood in Framlingham, for use in the

official music video to accompany his latest single, Photograph.

Two weeks until Springwatch begins

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The Springwatch team have been giving us a sneak preview of

some of the wildlife they've been filming.

Great Crested Grebe

They say: "We'll be exploring the rich diversity of internationally important habitats on and around the reserve".

Springwatch returns to BBC Two on Monday 25 May, broadcasting live from the RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast.

Travel News: Train to Norwich cancelled

Greater Anglia

tweets: 19:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich will be cancelled due to an earlier train fault.

New role of MP Matt Hancock

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

There's a new role for West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock

He's moving from the Business Department to become minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, with responsibility for efficiency and civil service reform.

Young Ed Sheeran photos published

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Framlingham's Ed Sheeran has done something most of us would probably be reluctant to do - given the world a chance to see images of himself as a youngster.

Ed Sheeran as a youngster
The Sheeran family

Photographs and video footage shot by his parents Imogen and John have been put together to accompany his

new single Photograph.

Advance notice: Bus replacement service

Greater Anglia

tweets: WED from 20:44: Buses replace trains between Ipswich and Norwich/Bury St Edmunds.

Here's where you can

find out more about the service alterations.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest headlines this sunny afternoon are:

Matthew Hancock
Matthew Hancock
  • West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock is at Number 10 as the prime minister shapes his government
  • Police have arrested two men in Ipswich following firearms offences last night
  • Ipswich Town striker Luke Varney is expected to have surgery today

Matthew Hancock at Number 10

Andrew Sinclair, BBC Look East's political correspondent,

tweets: Suffolk mp matt Hancock in downing Street

Delays on bus routes 173/174

Ipswich Buses

tweet: 11/05/2015 @ 1417 Service Update - Apologies we have delays to routes 173/174 due to an incident on the bus. Replacement going out asap.

Update: Ipswich firearms incident

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk police confirm they've arrested two men in Ipswich in connection with firearms offences last night.

Map showing Birkfield Drive

Police were called at around 21:20 to reports of what was believed to be an air weapon being fired from a window in Birkfield Drive.

Two men from Ipswich, aged 45 and 49, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where they are currently being questioned.

Ipswich Town striker Luke Varney due for surgery

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's on-loan striker Luke Varney is due to have an operation today on the suspected torn Achilles he suffered in Saturday's play-off semi-final first leg against Norwich City.

Luke Varney leaving the pitch

The 32-year-old - who now faces a long period of recovery - was stretchered off about 30 minutes after

the 1-1 draw.

With Varney out of contract at his parent club Blackburn this summer, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy's said Town will look after him during his time out.

Weather update: Cloudier this afternoon

BBC Weather

It'll be slightly cloudier for a time during the afternoon with some light possible rain in the west.

weather map
Kate Williams-NORWICH

It should remain largely dry overnight with clear spells, but it may become cloudier later with light spots of rain possible in the south.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71F) with overnight low of 13C (55F).

Two men arrested for 'firing guns'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

We're getting reports from Suffolk Police that two men have been arrested after firing guns from a property in Birkfield Drive in Ipswich last night.

Police man behind tape

The men were detained without anyone being injured, say police, who also employed the help the the force helicopter and the dog unit. We'll update you as soon as we know more.

Ordination for new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

There's a big ceremony this week for the man who will become the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Martin Seeley
Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Martin Seeley is being ordained at Westminster Abbey on Thursday. The event will make the official change from his current status as a Reverend Canon.

Dunkirk lifeboat returns to Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A lifeboat which helped in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 has returned to the Suffolk coast today.

The Lucy Lavers

The Lucy Lavers, whose first home was at Aldeburgh, is spending time off the beach there, before being moored at Aldeburgh Yacht Club tomorrow and Wednesday.

The charity

Rescue Wooden Boats has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant to help restore her to her former glory.

Latest news headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Making the news this lunchtime:

  • Ipswich MP Ben Gummer criticises 'shocking' lack of housing in the town
  • Suffolk Police appeal for help in tracing wanted man
  • Ed Sheeran's parents help with family photos for his latest music video

Appeal to trace wanted man

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Police are appealing for help in tracing a 43-year-old man who's wanted for recall to prison.

Soloman Eastwood
Suffolk Police

Soloman Eastwood, who is also known by a number of aliases including Simon Eastwood and Soloman Loveridge, is wanted after breaching the conditions of his release licence.

He is described as white, around 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, of proportionate build, with blue eyes, short dark brown hair and a number of tattoos.

Ed Sheeran's parents help his latest music video

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Ed Sheeran has turned to his Suffolk parents for help in his latest music video.

Ed Sheeran

He's used photos and video footage shot by Imogen and John from his childhood growing up in Framlingham.

It's all been compiled to accompany his

new single Photograph.

Suffolk peer welcomes new Energy Secretary

Lord Deben

tweets: Looking forward to working with Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Lord Deben is the former MP for Suffolk Coastal, John Gummer.

Winger Anderson makes 'lovely gesture'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town fan Ross Morgan says he'll try to repair his fist-punched ceiling himself, before he takes up winger Paul Anderson's offer to pay for damage caused as he celebrated equalising against Norwich in their play-off match on Saturday.

Ross Morgan's tweet

Ross tweeted a photograph of the hole he'd accidentally punched in the ceiling and says: "I had a few retweets from other Ipswich fans.

"After the game Paul Anderson tweeted back offering to pay for the damage caused, which I thought was an absolutely lovely gesture."

Lack of housing 'shocking'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The Conservative MP for Ipswich, Ben Gummer, says it is shocking that in the last year fewer than a hundred houses in total were built in the town.

Ben Gummer

"That is the lowest number since records began. Of those only 20 were affordable," he told

BBC Radio Suffolk as the a chronic shortage of homes in the county was highlighted earlier.

A local estate agent said some properties are selling in Bury St Edmunds in a matter of hours.

Stowmarket retain Suffolk Cup

Indoor volleyball: Stowmarket have defeated Newmarket and retained the Suffolk Cup winning the match by three sets to nil on Sunday.

Stowmarket volleyball team with the Suffolk cup
Simon Langley

After seven years of the cup changing hands each year Stowmarket have now held it since 2013, matching their 2000-2002 run.

Clubs across Suffolk will now start moving outdoors for the summer season.

What's the make-up of your constituency?

Election 2015

A tide of blue washed across the East of England as the Conservatives claimed 55 of the possible 61 seats in the BBC Look East region following the general election.

Map of east region's political make up after 2015 general election

A full break-down of the results in your constituency is available from the

BBC Election 2015 website.

Ambulance collides with deer

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

An ambulance has been involved in a collision with two deer on the A14 near Higham, while responding to an incident.


The accident happened at around 03:30 on Sunday on the A14 near Higham in west Suffolk.

A spokesman for the

East of England Ambulance Service Trust said the vehicle had its blue lights on at the time: "Our paramedics were both assessed at the scene... but didn't require any medical treatment. Another resource was dispatched to the original call."

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The local stories making the news so far this morning:

  • Ipswich Town fan's 'punch' pay-back is currently the most read article on the BBC news website
  • The National Trust acquires 36 acres of land adjacent to Dunwich Heath to help secure the coastline's future
  • Concerns are raised over a lack of homes for sale in Bury St Edmunds

National Trust acquire land adjacent to Dunwich Heath

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

More than 36 acres of coastal heathland will be opened to visitors and managed as valuable wildlife habitat following an acquisition by the National Trust at

Dunwich Heath.

Dunwich Heath and coast
National Trust

The land has been purchased as part of long-term plans to secure the future of this stretch of the Suffolk coastline and re-named as Mount Pleasant Heath.

Bypass for Sudbury a 'key priority'

East Anglian Daily Times

Boosting infrastructure is a key priority for the new Conservative-controlled Babergh council as members look to "hit the ground running".

A political party has, for the first time in the authority's 41-year history, got overall control. Tory Jennie Jenkins, councillor for Leavenheath and authority leader, said it will mean swifter decisions and more action.

Fan's 'punch' pay-back most read

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town footballer Paul Anderson's

offer to pay for damage when a fan celebrated the winger's goal is the most read article on the BBC news website at the moment.

Football fan Ross Morgan punches ceiling
Ross Morgan

Ipswich Town fan Ross Morgan, who lives in Wetherby, near Leeds, tweeted a photo of a hole he punched in his ceiling, which prompted

Anderson to
tweet back - offering to pay for repairs.

Two defeats for Ipswich Witches

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's been a miserable weekend for Ipswich speedway.

Ipswich speedway

Following on from Saturday's defeat at Berwick

the Witches lost 48-43 at Newcastle yesterday, although they did pick up their first Premier League point of the season from the meeting.

Nico Covatti was the Suffolk side's top scorer with 13.

A14 very slow westbound

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A14 westbound at Bury Road, Stowmarket (junction 49).

Demand 'outstrips' housing supply

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

An estate agent in Bury St Edmunds says he fears demand will soon outstrip supply for houses in the town.

Athenaeum in Bury st Edmunds

Toby Wood, from Marshall Buck and Cassons, says some homes are selling in as little as 48 hours after coming onto the market.

The boom is being driven by a lack of homes being sold in the west Suffolk town and high prices driving buyers out of nearby Cambridge.