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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 May 2015
  2. More new, sport, travel and weather for Suffolk from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Time to say goodnight

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

I'm signing off now for the day but you can still get in touch via

email or
Facebook. Today's Suffolk Live stories include:

  • The continuing search for a missing Bury St Edmunds woman
  • The latest coastal protection work causing a row in Lowestoft
  • The ordination of the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in Westminster Abbey

I wonder what will be making the news tomorrow? Join me from 08:00 to find out.

Woodcarver's handiwork at Westminster Abbey

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A Suffolk woodcarver was among the entourage at Westminster Abbey today as the Reverend Canon Martin Seeley was made the new Bishop of

St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Martin Seeley with new crozier
Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey

The ordination service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who presented him with a new crozier - a ceremonial crook.

The head has been made from English oak, by Robert Lewis in his workshop in Haughley Green, using the St Edmundsbury crown and arrows in the design.

Gosden's Golden Horn makes a noise in York

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket trainer John Gosden had a 1-2 in the Dante Stakes at York as Golden Horn beat stablemate Jack Hobbs, with Elm Park third.

John Gosden's horse, Golden Horn
Getty Images

The 4-1 victor, under William Buick, claimed a two-and-three-quarter-length win from his better-fancied stablemate in what is a top Epsom Derby trial.

Golden Horn is not currently entered for the Classic on 6 June, but could be supplemented for a £75,000 fee.

Trawlerboys who travel

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's not the news that players, management and supporters of non-league Lowestoft Town will have been hoping for.

Lowestoft Town won promotion in 2014

The Football Association confirmed today that the Suffolk club will remain in the Conference North for the 2015-16 season.

Last season

the Trawlerboys clocked up more than 8,400 miles worth of travelling in the division, which was more than any of their rivals.

Weather update: Dry and chilly overnight

BBC Weather

Cloudy at first with any rain gradually clearing away.

Map showing overnight tempertures

Overnight winds will become light and some clear spells will develop. Once again, it could turn quite chilly in some rural areas around Bury St Edmunds.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The early evening headlines look like this:

  • Police are becoming 'increasingly concerned' for the welfare of a missing Bury St Edmunds woman
  • Waveney council say they had 'no choice' over the timing of coastal protection work at Lowestoft
  • A new bishop for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is ordained at Westminster Abbey

Mick McCarthy: Town's performances have improved

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's performances against Norwich have improved this season according to Blues boss Mick McCarthy.

Mick McCarthy

Speaking ahead of Saturday's meeting between the two at Carrow Road, which will decide who reaches the Championship play-off final, he said:

"The first game they were much better and the goals were the difference the second time. Last Saturday was good for me and I'd settle for a repeat performance this weekend."

Springwatch: A 'Disneyland of wildlife'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The Springwatch team say they're looking forward to returning to the county for another three weeks of BBC Two wildlife drama based at Minsmere from 25 May.

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games
Jo Garbutt

Chris Packham says: "It's going to be better than it was last year because I know it a little bit better and I know what time the best cakes are put out in the cafe.

"Last year I called Minsmere the Disneyland of wildlife. I didn't mean that in any way disparagingly, it's because it offers a great range of resources to a great range of wildlife and the chance to see that here is perhaps unrivalled anywhere else in the UK."

You put your right arm in...

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

I must admit I've never been to an ordination at

Westminster Abbey, but with all due respect I couldn't help but wonder if this is the episcopal version of the hokey-cokey?

Ordination service at Westminster Abbey
Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey

Martin Seeley, the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, was ordained at the abbey earlier. Your thoughts please via

email or via

'No choice' over coastal protection work timing

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Earlier we reported that seafront traders in Lowestoft were unhappy about the timing of coastal protection work taking place on the town's south beach.

Work on Lowestoft seafront

A spokesman for Waveney council said there's huge demand for Environment Agency funding for this sort of scheme and only a "limited period" in which to spend it.

He added: "If we don't complete the works in time, we lose the funding. We have no choice."

Mick McCarthy: 'We'll look after Varney'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Luke Varney will get full use of the club's rehab and training facilities this summer in an effort to get fit.

Luke Varney

The 32-year-old striker, on loan on Blackburn, ruptured his Achilles in last weekend's match with Norwich and will be sidelined for at least six months.

"He won't be our player in the summer but we'll look after him. Hopefully he'll take up that offer and when he's fit we can discuss doing something,"

McCarthy said.

USAF personnel join hunt for missing woman

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Police say they're becoming "increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a 34-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds last seen on Tuesday.

Natasha Graveline
Suffolk Police

Natasha Graveline left her home in Manning Road at around 16:40 in a blue Ford Focus which was later found off the B1106 at Brandon.

Extensive enquiries to find her have taken place over the past two days with search teams today being joined by United States Air Force personnel and the East of England Ambulance hazard area response team.

Gino Manzares back at Foxhall Road

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Ipswich Witches welcome back Gino Manzares for tonight's Premier League speedway meeting at home to Glasgow Tigers.

Gino Manzares

The American hasn't raced competitively in a month after suffering injuries to his back and shoulder.

The Witches will once again be without Cameron Heeps after he fractured a wrist at Berwick on Saturday.

Afternoon headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The stories making the news this afternoon are:

  • The Suffolk pilot who died during an air show sustained multiple injuries
  • Lowestoft coastal protection work timing dubbed 'a joke'
  • United States Air Force personnel join hunt for missing Bury St Edmunds woman

Remember him? Michael Chopra scoring goals for Alloa

Mark Bulstrode

BBC News Online

Not many Ipswich Town fans have fond memories of Michael Chopra's time at the club but they may be interested to know he's still scoring goals - now for Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Championship.

Michael Chopra (right) has scored twice for Alloa since joining in March
Michael Chopra (right) has scored twice for Alloa since joining in March

"It doesn't matter who you're playing against, it all means the same thing to me,"

Chopra told BBC Radio Scotland.

Chopra netted

19 goals in 82 games for the Tractor Boys and left in 2013.

New bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has been ordained

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

The new bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Martin Seeley, has been ordained at Westminster Abbey.

Martin Seeley

During the two hour service, the former Archbishop of Canterbury gave the sermon, and Martin's 12-year-old son Luke did a reading.

Aerobatics pilot died from multiple injuries

Nic Rigby

BBC News Online

A pilot who died during an airshow launch sustained multiple injuries, an inquest heard.

David Jenkins
Wildcat Aerobatics
Pilot David Jenkins, who died in the crash, was an aerobatic champion

Oxford University-educated David Jenkins

died when his Edge 360 plane crashed at the Old Buckenham airfield last month.

Mr Jenkins, from Stanton, Suffolk, was in his 60s and first flew as a teenager in Welwyn Garden City. The inquest opened in Norwich earlier and will resume in January.

Attacker e-fit reissued

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Police have reissued an e-fit of the man suspected of a sexual attack on a woman in the Shakers Lane area of Bury St Edmunds on Monday.

Assault suspect e-fit
Suffolk Police

They want to hear from several people who are known to have been in the area around the time of the attack shortly before 22:30.

These include a man who was walking his dog close to the cemetery and two male cyclists who passed the 25-year-old victim about the time she was with the offender.

Murderer's inquest be heard by a jury

Nic Rigby

BBC News Online

The inquest into the death of a murderer is likely to be held in November and heard by a jury, it has emerged.

Simon Hall

Simon Hall, 36, was found dead at Wayland Prison, near Thetford,

in February last year. He murdered Joan Albert, 79, at Capel St Mary in 2003.

A hearing was held in Norwich earlier ahead of the full inquest.

Lowestoft coastal protection work timing 'a joke'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Seafront traders at Lowestoft's south beach are unhappy at the timing of the second phase of coastal protection work, which is now under way.

Lowestoft seafront

Richard Routledge, who's just taken over an ice-cream parlour and mini-golf course, says he understands a new beach and walkway are needed, but he's not happy at the timing.

"We're now in the middle of May... you've got trucks going here, people can't get past... it's a joke, it's an absolute joke".

Rain arriving from the west

BBC Weather

Feeling rather cool this afternoon, with outbreaks of rain arriving this afternoon and evening.

Elizabeth Rizzini with afternoon weather map

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

£100m Ipswich Hospital proposal submitted

East Anglian Daily Times


multi-million pound vision to redevelop Ipswich Hospital and transform care for patients in Suffolk has taken a step closer to reality.

A business proposal for the project, which the EADT exclusively revealed in February, has now been submitted to the NHS Trust Development Authority for officials to look at and see "whether the numbers stack up".

Bury St Edmunds man to face 'no further action'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A man from Bury St Edmunds arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in the town on Monday has been cleared of any involvement in the attack.

Detectives now believe the man they are looking for approached two other women in St Mary's churchyard, close to the Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court, just before the attack on the 25-year-old in woodland at Shakers Lane.

They are asking anybody with information to contact Suffolk Police.

Congestion on the A143 at Gt Barton

BBC Travel


congestion on the A143 in both directions in Gt Barton at the junction with the B1106 (Mill Road) in the roadworks.

Lunchtime headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The headlines this lunchtime:

  • The air ambulance is attending a serious accident in Hawstead
  • An ordination service is underway for new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
  • Suffolk's police and crime commissioner outlines plans for closer working of 999 services

Road closed due to 'serious' accident

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

There's been what's described as a "serious" accident at Hawstead near Bury St Edmunds.


Police say a single vehicle has collided with a tree close to The Pound - and Church Road is closed.

Emergency services are on the scene, and the male driver and female passenger are currently being treated there. An air ambulance is expected to land shortly.

Via Twitter

National Rail

tweets: Trains are now able to run normally between Ipswich and Felixstowe following disruption caused by a signalling problem at Ipswich.

Via Twitter

Laura Smith, from the Bury Free Press,

tweets: Police currently at scene of a serious accident near The Pound in #Hawstead where a vehicle has collided with a tree. Church Road is closed.

Ordination service under way

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A service is underway at Westminster Abbey where Martin Seeley, the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, is being ordained.

Westminster Abbey

He'll then meet the Queen on the 2 June and will be enthroned later in the month at the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

Plans for closer 999 working

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Fire and Rescue could be working more closely with the county's police and ambulance teams as part of an idea for working together in the future.

Suffolk firefighters attended 1623 fires in 2014

Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore says: "To start with we would have a combined police and fire service here in Suffolk and then we could be looking at other things, perhaps coastguards and ambulances in the future."

Ipswich Town will be 'better side' on the day

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk boxer Billy Bird is tipping Ipswich Town to win Saturday's second leg Championship play-off semi-final at Carrow Road.

Billy Bird
Billy Bird

Taking on fellow boxer and Norwich City supporter Anthony Ogogo in a battle of words rather than fists, Bird says it would have been nice to see Norwich gain promotion automatically, with Ipswich going through on the play-offs.

He adds: "I think Saturday will be a big test for Norwich and Ipswich will come out on top."

Hero image: 'The last rays of the day'

The hero image, the huge image you see at the top of this page, is something we like to update daily and we'd love your help.

Sunset at Shotley
Andy Cresswell

Today's picture was taken by Andy Cresswell, from outside his back door in Shotley. He's called it The Last Rays of the Day - we love it, thanks for sending it in Andy.

If you have a picture of a Suffolk landscape you want to send us, please

email it as a hi-res (about 3mb) .jpg - make sure to tell us where it was taken and perhaps a little about what inspired you to take the picture.

Searches continue for missing woman

St Edmundsbury Police

tweet: Searches and enquiries continue in respect of Natasha Graveline- any information please call us on 101.

Natasha Graveline, 34, was last seen at her home address in Manning Road, Bury St Edmunds, on Tuesday afternoon, and hasn't been seen since. She left the house in a blue Ford Focus which was later found off the B1106 at Brandon.

The gloves are off

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

They're used to battling it out in the ring, but this morning it's football rivalry that's had two boxers fighting their corner.

Anthony Ogogo

Lowestoft-based Olympic medallist and Norwich City supporter Anthony Ogogo (pictured) took on Ipswich supporter and Suffolk boxer Billy Bird to throw some verbal punches over who would win Saturday's second leg Championship play-off semi-final at Carrow Road.

Ogogo told BBC Radio Suffolk earlier: "I wouldn't be surprised if it's another stalemate... and then it got decided on penalties. I don't think my nerves will take that."

Coastal protection work underway

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Work has once again got underway on part of Lowestoft's south beach to protect it from coastal erosion.

Lowestoft beach

The second phase of

a two-part scheme is needed to repair damage caused by the storm surge in 2013.

Waveney District Council admits work on the £3m project, which is set to continue until October, will cause some disruption.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest headlines this morning:

  • A car driver has died after colliding with a lorry parked in a lay-by on the A14
  • The next Bishop of Dunwich is likely to be a woman
  • Plans to merge Suffolk's police and fire services are a 'political issue'

Ipswich Town urged to seize promotion chance

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith is urging his team-mates to seize this chance of winning promotion as there's no guarantee it'll happen again.

Tommy Smith

"It might be the only time we have the opportunity to get ourselves into the Premier League. So we've got to put everything on the line and make sure we leave nothing inside that changing room and give it all we've got," he said.

Town will head to Norwich City on Saturday level at 1-1 after

the first leg of their Championship play-off tie.

Mark Bee formally resigns as council leader

Lowestoft Journal

Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council, has

formally handed in his resignation as head of the authority in advance of next week's annual council meeting.

Mr Bee, who has been leader since 2011, resigned as leader of the Conservative group on the council in March because he said he felt his position had been undermined by internal tensions within the ruling group.

Fire service say police merger idea 'political'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk's Chief Fire Officer Mark Hardingham believes the suggestion to merge the county's police and fire services is a "political issue".

Fire appliance at scene of accident

Mark Hardingham, who was responding to remarks from Suffolk's police and crime commissioner, says he's aware of a firefighter in Cornwall who's also trained as an ambulance technician and has a police role.

He says: "It's certainly something we'll be interested in... where it adds value, provides a better service to the people of Suffolk".

'Best person to be a woman'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk's new bishop, who is formally ordained at Westminster Abbey this morning, says the county could soon get it's first female bishop.

Martin Seeley
Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

One of Martin Seeley's first jobs will be to appoint an assistant - as the Bishop of Dunwich.

He says: "Of course we'll appoint the best person. I fully expect the best person to be a woman."