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  1. Updates for Friday 15 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 18 May

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Martin Olsson of Norwich City battles with Paul Anderson of Ipswich Town
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Good luck to Ipswich Town FC for tomorrow's

play-off semi-final against Norwich City at Carrow Road - if you're going to the game have a great time, we'll have all the match atmosphere throughout the day on
BBC Radio Suffolk.

Have a great weekend - we look forward to hearing from you next week (when hopefully we'll be celebrating the derby result).

No Ipswich ban on Premier League talk

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has not banned his players talking about the Premier League.

Ipswich vs Norwich
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Big Mick's side take on Norwich in the Championship play-off semi-final tomorrow.

He said: "Why would I ban it? We are excited about the prospect of getting to Wembley and hopefully to the Prem."

Big Mick: "Nothing I can do until Saturday"

BBC Radio Suffolk

Mick McCarthy said tomorrow's game against arch-rivals Norwich "can't come soon enough".

Mick McCarthy

The Ipswich manager said there is nothing he can do about the game until Saturday.

"Are they going to do something different? I don't think so," he said. "We did all our analysis last week and then we played them for 90 minutes."

Latest headlines

The latest headlines are:

  • Russell Ireland, from Suffolk, has been jailed for life for attacking another man in prison. Ireland had been locked up for taking three people hostage in Ipswich
  • The new East Anglian Air Ambulance Service helicopter will come into service in February next year
  • The freehold of the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe has been transferred from Suffolk Coastal District Council to NRG Theatres for a pound

Weather update: Drizzle after midnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry through this evening with further spells of sunshine. A dry start to tonight, but some patchy light rain and drizzle after midnight. Temperatures only falling to 9C (48F).

Weather forecast

A cloudy start to Saturday with a few spots of light rain, but much of the day will be dry with some lengthy sunny spells developing for the afternoon.

Quite breezy, but feeling pleasantly warm with temperatures reaching up to 17C (63F).

Town legend would 'love to do' penalty shoot-out

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town legend John Wark has told BBC Suffolk's Stephen Foster that if the Championship play-off semi-final at Carrow Road goes to penalties, he'd be happy to step in to help.

Carrow Road

He said: "I'd love to do it on Saturday. I'd be straight down there to take the first one. It's the best one to take, you know, because you get them off the mark.

'We gave a silly goal away', says John Wark

BBC Radio Suffolk

Former Ipswich Town player John Wark has been looking back at the first leg play-off semi-final against Norwich.

Tyrone Mings of Ipswich skips a challenge by Steven Whittaker of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship Playoff semi-final first leg match
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"We gave a silly goal away, for me you know, Tommy Smith slipped but Tyrone Mings should have cut the cross out for the goal," he said.

"They probably had a lot of possession second half without making chances, but probably a draw was a fair result, so I really thought we played well."

Wark: Play-off draw was 'fair result'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town legend John Wark has been talking to BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster about what he thought of last week's first leg play-off semi-final against Norwich.

John Wark

He said: "I actually thought it was the best they'd played first half for a while... we've not been playing that well. I was a bit worried about the game but in the first half we made a lot of chances."

Waveney project supports disadvantaged adults

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Disadvantaged young adults from Waveney are taking part in a scheme to help them get jobs.

Young people on the scheme
East Suffolk Partnership

National employment charity Tomorrow's People's is teaching these youngsters essential skills such as learning how to work as a team, take responsibility and gain new skills.

Grimes on the Beach on BBC Four

Aldeburgh Music

tweets: Grimes on the Beach is on BBC4 on 24 May. The film's director has written about filming the
unforgettable production.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are your mid-afternoon headlines from the newsroom:

  • Van driver jailed for hitting pedestrian in Ipswich
  • Ipswich Town Football Club launches new kit
  • Closed Spa Pavilion theatre in Felixstowe 'needs £1m refurb', news owners say

Football club launches new kit

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town Football Club

have launched the brand new kit for next season.

Ipswich Town home kit

The home shirt sees the pinstripes return, with a white collar. Town's managing director, Ian Milne, said the kit "looks great" - what do you think?

Send us an email with your thoughts or tweet us

A14 fatal crash victim 'believed to be a teenage girl'

Ipswich Star

A teenage girl who was believed to be from Felixstowe has died after her

car collided with a parked lorry in a lay-by on the A14.

Police officers were called to the eastbound carriageway at Bucklesham at 23:35 on Wednesday to reports of a crash between a silver Ford Ka and a lorry between J58 at Seven Hills and J59 at Kirton.

Check out England's big picture

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Thank you for submitting some cracking images over the last few days to use as our live page header, you've sent some real beauties in so far.

A landscape view of a town. The sky is full of dark, heavy cloud but sunlight peeks through
Jay Pattar

If you're a keen photographer, or you just like a look at some really good images from further afield around England,

don't miss this BBC News England page.

Don't forget to we'd love to see more of your weather and landscape images of Suffolk. Please

send them by email or to our
Facebook page.

'Pleasantly warm' this afternoon

BBC Weather

Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine and light winds this afternoon, but cloud will gradually spread in later with more of a breeze.

Weather graphic

Cloudy and breezy through the start of the night with some very light and patchy rain possible, but turning dry towards dawn with some clearer spells.

Maximum temperature 14C (57F) with temperatures falling overnight to 12C (53F).

Closed theatre 'needs £1m refurb'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

The new owners of a seaside theatre that closed in 2013 have said

more than £1m of investment is needed.

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion closed when Conservative-run Suffolk Coastal District Council said it could not pay £250,000 a year to keep it open.

NRG Theatres bought the 800-seat venue from the council for £1 and is completing on the purchase.

Van driver jailed for hitting pedestrian

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

A driver from Ipswich has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of intentionally hitting a 28-year-old pedestrian with his van in Ipswich.

Jaroslaw Inczewski
Suffolk Police

Jaroslaw Inczewski, 31, from Geneva Road was charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report a road accident.

Inczewski hit the victim in South Street in July last year leaving him with "sustained cuts and bruising to his body as a result", police said.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • White van man jailed for 12 years after targeting a pedestrian in Ipswich
  • Policing 'as usual' for the second leg of the derby play-off final against Norwich
  • Ipswich Hospital £100k plans: Modern facilities would transform healthcare

Hundreds expected to attend charity gig

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

More than 200 people are expected to attend a charity gig in Halesworth featuring the music of Bramfield Primary School who are off to an Essex studio today to record the song Hangover.

The Cut, Halesworth

The Big Jam Sandwich gig at The Cut, led by musician Matt Shepherd, will help raise money for an outdoor play area at the school.

He said: "This is such an exciting project to be involved in... which will provide a lasting legacy at the school."

New jobs for Lowestoft at furniture store

Lowestoft Journal

A furniture store will officially open to the public this week

after 65 new job positions were filled.

The ribbon will officially be cut for the new Dunelm store by mayor of Lowestoft Stephen Ardley, special guest Patrick Grant from BBC2 TV show

The Great British Sewing Bee and Homemaker Magazine editor Ella Johnston at 09:00 on 20 May.

Driver jailed: CCTV shows pedestrian hit by car

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Dramatic CCTV footage showing the moment when a pedestrian was struck by an Ipswich van driver

has been released by Suffolk Police.

CCTV of collision
Suffolk Police

Jaroslaw Inczewski, 31, of Geneva Road, has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of intentionally hitting a 28-year-old man with his van in the town.

Policing 'as usual' for derby game

It'll be a normal East Anglian derby game when Ipswich Town travel to Norwich tomorrow, as far as police are concerned.

Fans at Portman Road
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The clubs are facing each other in the second leg of their play-off semi-final, with a trip to Wembley and a possible place in the Premier League as the prize.

Ch Sup Nick Davidson from Norfolk Police says: "We'll be signposting the Ipswich Town supporters from the coach park... to the back of the Jarrold stand. That's the normal policing deployment when we support derby matches with Ipswich."

Unhappy with your broadband?

BBC Look East's Susie Fowler-Watt

tweets: I'm off to interview the new #Culture Secretary John Whittingdale about superfast broadband.

network cable with fiber optics

How happy are you with rollout in your area? Get in touch via

email or on Twitter

Budding pop stars fundraise for play area

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A dozen pupils from a north Suffolk school are set to become budding pop stars this morning as they try to raise money for an outdoor play area.

School children

The children from

Bramfield Primary School near Halesworth, are off to an Essex recording studio to produce a fundraising CD.

The song `Hangover' will be sold at The Big Jam Sandwich charity gig being held at the Halesworth Cut next Thursday.

Latest headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Morning - here are the latest headlines from the Suffolk newsroom:

  • Modern facilities at Ipswich Hospital would transform healthcare
  • £1m to refurbish Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion
  • Missing Bury St Edmunds woman found in Brandon Park
  • Town supporters annoyed by Norwich pub arrangements ahead of derby kick-off

Trains: Weekend warning

Greater Anglia

tweets: SUN from 21:30: Buses replace trains between Colchester and Witham (towards London)

Ipswich Hospital: Modern facilities would transform healthcare

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A £100m Ipswich Hospital redevelopment would see some old Victorian buildings replaced by modern facilities, reducing the number of beds and operating theatres required.

Nick Hulme

Ipswich Hospital's chief executive Nick Hulme said: "We need to make sure we work in a more integrated way with partners in health and in social care.

"I think what that would mean is less reliance on the hospital going forward... because we would be caring for more people in their own homes."

Play-offs: Town supporters annoyed by Norwich pub arrangements

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Ipswich Town Supporters Club has told BBC Suffolk it's annoyed a Norwich pub hasn't been set aside for away supporters ahead of tomorrow's East Anglian derby kick-off.

Fans at Portman Road
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Norfolk Police say they didn't advise it, but no landlords have suggested opening their doors for Ipswich Town fans before the match at Carrow Road.

Alasdair Ross, chair of the Independent Supporters Trust, said: "I'm sure a pub could have been found, if not the same pub that was used for away fans when they were in the Premier League."

Wide load warning

Suffolk Police

tweet: Potential traffic delays later today as we help transport a wide load.

Check out the details in full.

Norwich v Ipswich: Have your say

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The excitement (and tension) is building as we prepare for the ultimate East Anglian derby clash at Carrow Road tomorrow... but how confident are you feeling about the outcome?

Ipswich's Daryl Murphy (left) and Norwich's Alex Tettey (right) during the Sky Bet Championship, play-off semi-final, First Leg at Portman Road

Do you think striker Daryl Murphy will add to his goal tally? Do you have a score prediction? Messages for the team? We'd love to share your thoughts and comments ahead of tomorrow's big match.

Have your say on our Facebook page, drop us
an email, or text SFK LIVE (and your message) to 81333.

Academy boss pledges 'not to stop'

East Anglian Daily Times

The boss of a major education group, which is taking over two schools in the Ipswich area, has

promised to "not rest" until they become "outstanding".

Reach2, the biggest primary academy sponsor in the country, is taking over six schools in Suffolk.

Titan: He'll be back

Suffolk Show

tweets: He's back! Titan the Robot is returning to the 2015 #SuffolkShow! Do u love seeing Titan at the Show?

£1m to refurbish Spa Pavilion

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The new owners of the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe say it's going to cost a £1m to refurbish the theatre.

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

The sale has been completed for £1 and the freehold now transferred from Suffolk Coastal District Council to NRG Theatres.

The theatre has been closed since January 2013, when the

council ended it's £250,000 subsidy.

Travel update: Accident at A14/A140 junction

BBC Travel

The junction of the A14/A140 (junction 51) is

partially blocked at Needham Market because of an accident involving two vehicles.

MP supports £100m Ipswich Hospital proposal

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live


£100m business case to rebuild Ipswich Hospital is being supported by the town's MP Ben Gummer.

Ipswich Hospital

The plans have been put forward to NHS bosses and if approved they will go to the government to consider.

Some buildings on the 46 acre site are Victorian and care is spread across three buildings when it's claimed it could be done in one.

Headlines so far

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The headlines so far this Friday:

  • The new owners of Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion say it'll cost £1m to refurbish it
  • Ipswich Hospital submits a £100m redevelopment plan for its 'inefficient' site
  • Ipswich Town Football Club launch their new home and away kits

Missing Bury St Edmunds woman found

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Good news - a woman who went missing from her Bury St Edmunds home on Tuesday has been found.

Natasha Graveline, 34, was located shortly before 19:30 yesterday by a member of the public who phoned the ambulance service after finding a woman in Brandon Park.

She was taken to West Suffolk Hospital with suspected hypothermia.

Dry with bright or sunny spells

BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy to start, there'll be increasing amounts of bright or sunny spells.

Elizabeth Rizzini with East Anglian weather map

With light winds, it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Later in the day, it will turn breezier and cloud will tend to thicken, particularly across Bury St Edmunds and more western areas.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Watch the full forecast from Elizabeth Rizzini.

Good morning

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Hello and welcome to Suffolk Live.

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