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  1. Updates for Thursday 28 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates for Suffolk from 08:00 on Friday

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By Philippa Taylor

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Goodnight from Suffolk Live

That's it from the live page team today, if you've been to the Suffolk Show we hope it was a great day.

We'll be back with all your news, sport, weather and travel for Suffolk from 08:00 on Friday 29 May.

Herd of pig sculptures to take to the streets of Ipswich

Jodie Smith

BBC News Online, East

A cheeky one just before we go - a herd of pig sculptures is to go

on display in Ipswich as the town becomes the latest place to host an art trail for charity.

Pigs with handlers
Pigs Gone Wild

Forty models will be dotted around the streets and waterfront as part of the "Pigs Gone Wild" art trail in summer 2016, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

Springwatch: Take a studio seat

Martin Barber

BBC News Online, East

It's been a beautiful day at the RSPB Minsmere reserve and the Springwatch team are getting ready

for tonight's programme.

Springwatch studio
Pat McKeeman/BBC

Here's a panoramic view of the studio which is about five minutes walk from the team's base of operations on the site.

On the show tonight at 20:00 on BBC Two - more from the Minsmere badger family and Martin Hughes-Games looks at the secrets of one of our best known native trees - the Oak. You can enjoy

live nest-cams throughout the day.

Zeppelin raids of 1915: More details

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

More now on the blue plaque that's been erected in Bury St Edmunds today in memory of people who died nearly 100 years ago during Zeppelin raids.

Zeppelin plaque
Martyn Taylor

Martyn Taylor, from the

Bury Society, says on 30 April 1915 a Zeppelin airship dropped more than 50 bombs on Bury St Edmunds and outlying villages.

Among the buildings destroyed were the stables of James Pettitt and St Andrews Hall (now Denny's). The raid that caused the fatalities took place a year later and created "a massive outpouring of grief in the town", he said.

Weather update: Mainly dry overnight

BBC Weather

It will be mainly dry this evening with some sunshine before dusk.

Evening weather map

Cloud amounts will gradually increase overnight with outbreaks of rain possible in the north towards Brandon. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Suffolk Show: In pictures

BBC Radio Suffolk

Thousands of people have enjoyed the great weather, horticultural adventures, livestock and local produce on the second day of the Suffolk Show.

Suffolk Show

Take a look at

our video montage of some of the attractions.

Suffolk Show stalwart's sale success

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Dylan Pym, who makes handcrafted furniture from locally sourced English hardwoods, has been coming to the Suffolk Show how for nearly 20 years.

Dylan Pym

Last night the craftsman

told BBC Look East he was hoping to make a sale - today he sold a cupboard.

He told us: "I was looking for that magic person. You never know when they'll walk in and this morning they did." Previous shows have rewarded him with six month work from just one client.

Memorial competition launched at the Suffolk Show

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

As we mentioned earlier - a competition's been launched today at the Suffolk Show in memory of young farmer Charlotte Cobbald

who died last year.

Stephen Cobbald


Young Farmers' Club Stockpersons' Competition, which comprises three stages, will test entrants on stock judging, livestock knowledge and stock handling.

Charlotte's father Stephen says: "It's the kind of competition that Charlotte herself would have loved to have entered and combines all her passions."

Award winning Suffolk garden

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

It's been a great

Suffolk Show for Graeme Proctor from the
Crown Nursery in Ufford - he's won a gold medal in the large gardens category.

Graeme Proctor

It took three-and-a-half days to build and features two tonnes of shingle, 60m (196ft) of turf and 1,000 plants.

Late afternoon headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Time now for the last headlines of the day:

  • The 18-year-old who died following a road accident at Rougham has been named as John Walsh from Onehouse
  • Suffolk Show visitors are being scanned on entry so organisers can get more accurate attendance figures
  • A herd of pigs will line the streets of Ipswich in 2016 for a
    'Pigs Gone Wild' art trail in aid of charity

Victim of fatal Rougham road crash named

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

An 18-year-old man who died in Addenbrooke's Hospital following a serious road accident on the A14 near Rougham on Tuesday has been named as John Walsh from Ash Road, Onehouse, near Stowmarket.

In a statement his family say they are "absolutely devastated" by the loss of their son who was a "popular student" at West Suffolk College.

"John was well known in the local community through his association with Stowmarket rugby and judo clubs... He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him," the family said.

More acts confirmed for Latitude 2015

Graeme Mac

BBC Introducing in Suffolk


Cove Hithe are among the latest names to be confirmed for this year's
Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold.

Cove Hithe
Derrick Wess Photography

The duo of Jason Ducker and Matilda Pendered recently supported BBC Introducing pick

Izzy's Daughter at her single launch in Ipswich.

If you can't wait until Latitude you can see Cove Hithe at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich next week as part of this year's

Pulse Festival.

Father pays tribute to young sheep handler

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The father of a young sheep handler who died last year has been remembered today in a new competition at the Suffolk Show.

Stephen Cobbald

Stephen Cobbald said 17-year-old Charlotte,

who battled depression, was an inspiration.

He said she'd had 10 years of show experience: "She went in the grand ring with her first champion Suffolk lamb when she was only seven years old and that was quite something".

Travel update: A1214 in Ipswich partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A1214 London Road in Ipswich is

partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the B1075 Ranelagh Road junction, and the A137 West End Road junction, because of a broken down horsebox.

Man dies following Rougham accident

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

An 18-year-old man has died in hospital following a serious road traffic collision on the A14 earlier in the week which left him with severe head injuries.

The accident happened on the westbound carriageway near Rougham about 12:35 on Tuesday when police were called to reports that a Vauxhall Corsa had rolled into a field.

The man died in Addenbrooke's Hospital on Wednesday. A young woman, also involved in the accident, sustained minor cuts and bruises.

Afternoon headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The headlines this afternoon:

  • A carer has been jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for three years for assaulting a 90-year-old woman
  • Plans to close an adult mental health ward in Lowestoft have been criticised by a former health worker
  • Suffolk Show attendance figures should be 'more accurate' as visitors are now scanned individually on arrival

Protest over 'gagging' questions

Nic Rigby

BBC News Online, East

Campaigners with taped up mouths held a protest earlier against restrictions on their rights to ask questions to the board of the

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.

Campaigner protesting against a restriction on their speaking rights at a board meeting of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation

The trust had allowed members of the public to ask questions at any point during the meeting, but now is only allowing questions at a specific time after major items have been discussed.

Campaigner Terry Skyrme said the decision damaged the influence members of the public could have on policy, but trust chair Gary Page said the move made the board "more effective" and the policy was in line with the way boards operated across the country.

Zeppelin raids commemorated in Bury St Edmunds

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Seven people who died in Bury St Edmunds 100 years ago during Zeppelin raids have been commemorated today.

Zeppelin Raids commemorative plaque
Martyn Taylor

The Bury Society have put up a blue plaque on Denny's Arts and Crafts shop, one of the buildings that was bombed when it was home to the stables of James Pettitt and St Andrews Hall.

Martyn Taylor from the Society said: "We recently had the anniversary of the Zeppelin raids and wanted to acknowledge them - there's no public acknowledgement of them in the town at the moment."

Suffolk Show attendance figures 'more accurate than ever'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Every person who attends this year's

Suffolk Show is being scanned, which means attendance figures which will be "more accurate than ever".

Military Zone at the Suffolk Show

Former show director Peter Over said they're feeling very relieved but ecstatic: "It's a great reward to see all these lovely people with their smiling faces... I think we're talking very, very good numbers, whether it's a record or not I don't know".

Last year Prince Harry's attendance at the show boosted visitor numbers but no official figures were released.

£750k makeover for Mildenhall's Jubilee Centre

Newmarket Journal


plan to spend £750,000 on Mildenhall's Jubilee Centre will make such 'significant savings' in running costs that the return on the cash will be will be better than investing it.

Mildenhall Parish Council wants to replace aging, unreliable boilers with the latest technology plus having solar panels on the roof, low energy LED lighting, a ground source heat pump, new doors and windows, insulation and rainwater storage tanks.

Carer given three year jail sentence for assaulting 90-year-old woman

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A woman found guilty of assaulting a 90-year-old woman in her care has been sentenced to three years in prison at Ipswich Crown Court.

Dorothy Kerridge
Suffolk Police

Dorothy Kerridge, 56, of West View, Saxmundham, was found guilty of two counts of assault in April for offences dating back to a period between November 2012 and February 2013, during which time she was working as a live-in carer for an elderly lady suffering from dementia in Ipswich.

Det Ch Insp Jim Gooding said: "Kerridge completely abused this position of trust over a number of months. My thanks and praise go to the family of the victim who reported their concerns and assisted us throughout the investigation."

Concerns over beds closure

Nic Rigby

BBC News Online, East

Former mental health worker Terry Skyrme has criticised plans to close an adult mental health ward at Carlton Court in Lowestoft where eight beds will be lost.

Terry Skyme

At a meeting of the board of the

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust earlier he said he was concerned there were not "sufficient beds in Norfolk and Suffolk".

The meeting heard that the beds, which are funded by the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, did not want to "subsidise other areas" of the two counties which might have a shortage of beds. The trust said it had consulted widely on the plans.

It needs to be 'easier' for people to buy locally produced food

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Local producers are to star in TV adverts in a campaign to get more people to buy locally produced food, reveals the East of England Co-op.

Vegetables in a raised bed

Suffolk farmer Bruce Kerr says it needs to be easier for people to actually pick local food up: "We don't want them to have to go into a supermarket and hunt their way round".

He added "it would be really great" for more supermarkets to "put local shelves together so it's really simple for people to find".

Suffolk band Frett to play Latitude 2015

Graeme Mac

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Time to reveal another Suffolk act who will be playing this year's

Latitude Festival following an invitation from
BBC Introducing in Suffolk. Sudbury based duo Simon Lucas-Hughes and Elliott Buckle formed
Frett just under two years ago.

Clarice Parrott

Earlier this year the band blew us away during a live session with guest vocalist Clarice Parrott. They are now looking forward to what will be their biggest gig to date.

"We are over the moon,"

said Simon. "It's my favourite festival in the world. All my favourite bands have played there. It's a dream come true."

'Neighbourhood watch on horseback'

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Suffolk Police's rural crime officer says they've had a good response to the Suffolk Show launch of a scheme introducing volunteer mounted police officers in the county.

Norfolk mounted police
Norfolk Police

PC Mark Bryant said: "We've had a load of enquiries already, we anticipate that will continue. It's an extension of

neighbourhood watch, neighbourhood watch on horseback".

A similar scheme (pictured) is

operating in Norfolk and more recently
in Northamptonshire.

Lunchtime headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The latest headlines this lunchtime:

  • Protestors have been complaining at plans to close eight beds in Lowestoft for adults with mental health problems
  • It's been revealed the Suffolk Show has lost nearly £1m over the last three years
  • Circus stunt riders continue to recover after an motorcycle accident while performing on Chantry Park

Suffolk Show has lost nearly £1m

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A former director of the Suffolk Show has admitted they've lost an "awful lot of money" over the last three years, quoting a figure of nearly a million pounds.

Crowds at the Suffolk Show

Peter Over says they would like it to break even but "we're not looking to make vast profits on the show... we must make it agricultural, we must keep it relevant to people".

BreakingMental health ward to close

Nic Rigby

BBC News Online, East

I'm at a meeting of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust where plans to close a ward for adults with mental health problem in Lowestoft have been confirmed.

The plans, revealed in board papers to the meeting, have been criticised by campaigners who say there is still a bed shortage. The trust said only eight beds would be lost.

I'll have more on this later.

Mick Mills 'looking forward' to meeting fans at the Suffolk Show

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

England legend Mick Mills says he's "looking forward" to meeting more fans at the Suffolk Show today.

Mick Mills

He says: "It's always nice that you turn up for these things and you're not completely ignored and nobody comes. We had a good turnout yesterday and they enjoyed chatting to us, so it was really good."

Mr Mills will be appearing on the BBC's stand 675.

Travel update: A14 eastbound reopens

Suffolk Police

tweets: A14 eastbound between Nacton and Seven Hills now re-open following 5-vehicle collision - traffic beginning to flow.

Drivers 'entertained' in M25 delays

Drivers stuck in

delays after a collision on the M25 yesterday were unexpectedly entertained by Cecil the Seagull who was travelling home after a gig in Haverhill.

Cecil the Seagull
Tessa Bide

A character's in

Tessa Bide's production of The Tap Dancing Mermaid the two came to a standstill between J21 and J21A in Hertfordshire. Ms Bide told the BBC she decided after "the first half an hour of boredom" to "make it a bit more fun".

She added: "We gave neighbouring cars respite from the boredom by puppeteering Cecil out of the window and singing some tunes on the ukulele."

Town set for pre-season friendly

Ipswich Town

tweet: Town to take on @CambridgeUtdFC in a pre-season friendly (away) on Tuesday, July 21st, kick-off 7.45pm

Young sheep handler remembered at Suffolk Show

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A competition is being launched this morning at the Suffolk Show in memory of a young sheep handler who died last summer.

Tory Lugsden from Suffolk Young Farmers

Tory Lugsden, county organiser for the Suffolk Young Farmers Club, says Charlotte Cobbald's passing was a "tragic loss".

The seventeen-year-old died in August, after having battled anorexia and depression.

Suffolk Show: Visitors 'selfie' on stand 675

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

We've just received this "selfie" of Lily and Ruby Lambert visiting the BBC stand at the Suffolk Show... it's a must for Doctor Who fans as you can "fly" the TARDIS.

Lily and Ruby Lambert with Stephen Foster and Brenner Woolley
Lambert family

They're pictured with Brenner Woolley (right) and Stephen Foster who says: "It's great to meet so many people in this beautiful sunshine".

We'd love to see more of your pictures from the showground, you can

email them to us or post them on our
Facebook page.

Suffolk Show prepared for 'spooked' animals

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The Suffolk Show says it's prepared to handle "spooked" animals after a highland cow broke loose in a public area.

Highland cattle
Getty Images

Senior steward Mike Warner says it was a "difficult environment for an animal (breed type pictured) which has got a youngster in tow... but it's an agricultural show and we're prepared ... for these eventualities."

No-one was injured in the incident. About 80,000 people were at the first day of the show.

Ipswich Witches look for win at Redcar tonight

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Sport now and in speedway the Ipswich Witches will look to build on an impressive away win at Plymouth last Friday when they visit Redcar tonight.

Phil Hilton
Jeff Higgott

Team boss Phil Hilton, who's again without Cameron Heeps tonight, accepts his side have to start picking up points in the division: "The team has always been a good side.

"Apart from Peterborough away we've had some good away meetings where we've run teams close."

Springwatch: Water rail chicks hatch

Martin Barber

BBC News Online

Millions of people are getting to know the

animal stars of Springwatch as the programme returns to
Minsmere for a second year.

Spingwatch nest-cams

Live pictures and commentary from around the site are available every day. News just in... a family of water rail chicks
has just hatched.

Travel update: A14 eastbound partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked and traffic is

very slow eastbound between junction 57 (Nacton Interchange, A1189) and junction 58 (Seven Hills) because of an accident.

Travel warning: Five car collision on A14

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Reports are coming in of a five car collision on the A14 eastbound between Nacton and Seven Hills, which will have an impact on traffic heading to the Suffolk Show.

More details as we get them.

Motorists face prosecution for filming crash scene

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Police say they're "due" to prosecute 15 motorists who've been filming or taking pictures of a crash site on the A14 this morning with their mobile phones.

They now say

four lorries were involved in the collision that's caused severe disruption westbound between Histon and Girton.

The westbound carriageway is completely closed and is expected to remain so for some time.