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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 29 March 2016
  2. Two men are in a critical but stable condition after a motorbike crash on Felixstowe Road in Ipswich on Sunday
  3. Suffolk's libraries have more volunteers helping to run them than everywhere else in the UK apart from Kent
  4. Sixteen children have been arrested in Suffolk in the past three years for suspected gun crimes
  5. Parents of breech-birth baby who died welcome review of NHS procedures
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Woodger

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Andrew Woodger

BBC News

That's it from the Suffolk Live team for today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the county's latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Keep us posted with anything you think we should know about via email,Twitter or Facebook

Have a good evening.

Parents of breech-birth baby who died welcome review of guidelines

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The parents of a newborn baby who was starved of oxygen during a breech birth at Ipswich Hospital said "nothing can turn the clock back".

James and Emma Strachan with their son Percy
Irwin Mitchell

It follows the news that the organisations which regulate NHS procedures will review the national guidelines following an inquest into the death of Bonnie Strachan in January last year.

Emma Strachan, Bonnie's mother (pictured with husband James and their son Percy), said: "Hopefully, the latest developments will lead to improvements on a national level and prevent others across the country from going through the horrendous ordeal we experienced."

Safety sensor halted Pleasurewood Hills rollercoaster

An "issue with one of the ride's sensors" is what caused a safety stoppage on a rollercoaster at Pleasurewood Hills, near Lowestoft, over the Easter weekend, the park has said.

Fourteen passengers were stuck on the ride for about 30 minutes before they could get off the attraction.

Rollercoaster at Pleasurewood Hills

"We're not happy that it's an inconvenience to our guests... but their safety is of paramount importance in such a stoppage," said park manager Liam Holmes.

He added: "The fact the safety system activated because of the sensor issue gives us great confidence the ride works as it should in such an event."

Weather: Heavy downpours but clearing later

An area of heavy rain with gusty winds will move west to east across the region this evening with heavy downpours with hail mixed in and a risk of thunder and lightning.

Clearing later and turning chilly under clear skies with temperatures falling to 2C (34F).

Weather map

They'll be a fine start to the day on Wednesday with sunny spells during the morning, but turning cloudy into the afternoon bringing the risk of showers.

Get more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Care home rated as 'inadequate' by inspectors

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A Suffolk care home has been described as "not safe" by inspectors.

Monmouth Court Nursing Home

Bupa-run Monmouth Court Nursing Home in Ipswich was given an "inadequate" rating by the Care Quality Commission.

During a two-day inspection in December, inspectors found staff failed to help a resident who fell against a wall and discovered another resident had had 59 falls over a 10-month period.

Baby death leads to review of breech birth guidelines

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The death of a baby after a breech birth at Ipswich Hospital has led to the health officials confirming they will be reviewing guidelines.

Ipswich Hospital

Bonnie Strachan died in January and an inquest into her death heard there was a lack of professionals experienced in delivering babies feet-first due to the common practice of caesareans.

The coroner submitted a report to the government and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have said they will take his findings on board.

Long waiting times after system failure at Sudbury health centre

Suffolk Free Press

Patients have reported long queues at Sudbury Community Health Centre after a system failure.

Suffolk Free Press
Suffolk Free Press

Volunteers have not replaced qualified paid staff, libraries boss says

The head of the charitable organisation which took over the running of Suffolk's public libraries in 2012 has said they have so far managed to prevent the job losses affecting other parts of the UK.

Alison Wheeler
Suffolk Libraries

The BBC has revealed 8,000 staff have lost their jobs across the UK since 2010, but in Suffolk full-time equivalent posts have only gone down from 190 to 180 in that time.

Alison Wheeler, chief executive of Suffolk Libraries, said: "I'm certainly not complacent about our future funding in Suffolk, but we do not use volunteers instead of paid staff."

Suffolk Libraries: How are they run?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Library books

We've been looking at Suffolk's libraries today after a BBC investigation revealed almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years.

  • Suffolk County Council handed over control of its libraries to an 'industrial and provident society' called Suffolk Libraries in 2012
  • Suffolk Libraries has a 10-year contract with the council to run the services the local authority is legally obliged to provide
  • Full-time equivalent staff have gone down from 190 to 180 since 2012
  • Volunteers who work in the 44 public libraries have risen from 836 in 2010 to 1,400 in 2016

Source: Suffolk Libraries

Stalled Pleasurewood Hills rollercoaster 'not dangerous'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

We've had a lot of comments on BBC Suffolk's Facebook page regarding the Pleasurewood Hills rollercoaster breaking down at the weekend.

Entrace to Pleasurewood Hills
Geograph/Hamish Griffin

Riders were stranded for about 30 minutes - staff gave them hot drinks and blankets while they waited to get off.

Among the negative comment about not going on the ride again, Tommy Wright posted to say: "It's like someone's car breaking down. It's not dangerous - it's like saying I'm never going in a car again..."

We'll be hearing from Pleasurewood Hills later.

Ipswich position 'remarkable' given injury list

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich Town team have come in for criticism in recent weeks having slipped to 8th in the Championship table.

Mick McCarthy

But the fact the Blues are still in the play-off race has to be seen as impressive - given the squad has been plagued by injuries throughout the campaign.

The latest news with regards to striker Daryl Murphy is of big concern ahead of Saturday's clash with Wolves at Molyneux.

'No charges' after child gun arrests in Suffolk

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Sixteen children were arrested on suspicion of gun crimes in Suffolk in the last three years.


The figures have been revealed following a Freedom of Information request across the UK.

Nationally, more than 1,500 youngsters were arrested. Of the 16 arrested in Suffolk, none face any charges.

Storm Katie hits the Suffolk coast

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Paul Garrett captured this footage of gale-force winds battering Felixstowe on bank-holiday Monday morning.

Storm Katie sweeps sand off Felixstowe beach

Sand was swept of the beach, as can be seen in this footage at Brook Lane's junction with the seafront.

Winds of up to 106mph (170 km/h) battered southern England.

Football: Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy to undergo scan

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy could miss Saturday's Championship fixture at Wolves after picking up a calf injury while on international duty with Ireland. 

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

The 33-year-old won his 20th cap on Friday as Martin O Neill's side beat Switzerland 1-0, but he is now back at Portman Road and will undergo a scan later today.

"It's a tear and while we have no timescale over the injury at the moment, he has to be a doubt for the weekend," said Town physio Matt Byard.

Do you have any photos of storm damage?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

We're interested in your photos of Suffolk as Storm Katie as she blew through over the Easter weekend.

Weather Watchers/FromeFlipper

From storm damage to wild weather pictures, please email them to us, or post them to our Facebook page, and let us know where you took the picture. 

Frome Flipper sent this one from Felixstowe to BBC Weather Watchers.

Bury Fringe music line-up confirmed

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk

Horse Party (pictured), Cathedrals and Cars, and Scare the Normals will be among those performing at this year's Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival.

Horse Party
Jeff Higgott

Kate Jackson, formerly of The Long Blondes, will perform her long-awaited solo debut album 'British Road Movies' in its entirety.  

Voter Kernel, who recently performed live for BBC Introducing in Suffolk, headline the opening gig of this year's Fringe on Saturday.

Pleasurewood Hills rollercoaster 'always breaking down'

BBC Suffolk's Facebook page is full of comment about the Pleasurewood Hills rollercoaster breaking down over the Easter weekend, leaving passengers stuck for about 30 minutes.

Rollercoaster, Pleasurewood Hills
Claire Harmer

Joanne Logan posted a message to say "This one is always breaking down - every time we have been there has been a technical fault!"

Theme park staff provided visitors on the ride with hot drinks and blankets until they could be released from their seats. We'll be hearing more from Pleasurewood Hills, near Lowestoft, later.

Non-league teams weather the storm

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Town, Kirkley and Pakefield and Brantham Athletic were among our non-league teams who recorded victories in tough playing conditions yesterday.

Bury Town's Ram Meadow ground

The two biggest games of the day locally, at Crown Meadow in Lowestoft and Ram Meadow in Bury (pictured), were both called off.

AFC Sudbury would have closed in on the Ryman Division One North title with a win at the latter venue, but could seal the deal against Wroxham on Saturday.

Forecast: Dry and sunny with showers later

Dry with sunny spells at first, but showers from the west likely in the afternoon as the temperature peaks at 11C (52F).

BBC East's Kate Kinsella has the full regional forecast:

  Visit BBC Weather for more on the forecast where you live.

Libraries now have 1,400 volunteer staff

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Suffolk's libraries now rely on help from 1,400 volunteer staff.

Gainsborough Community Library, Ipswich

The figure has been revealed following a BBC Freedom of Information request which shows 350 library buildings have closed nationally since government cuts began.

No buildings have shut in Suffolk since the independent Suffolk Libraries charitable organisation took over the running of Suffolk County Council's services.

On the front page: Parents warned over shock truancy levels

East Anglian Daily Times

More than 8,300 fines for school absence issued in two years.

East Anglian Daily Times

Two men hospitalised after motorbike crash

Police are continuing to investigate a motorbike crash in Ipswich on Sunday night.

A motorbike rider is thought to have lost control of the vehicle and collided with a parked transit van on Felixstowe Road. 

The rider and pillion passenger of the bike, were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

In the news: Suffolk volunteers help libraries... Two men hurt in motorbike crash

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • Suffolk's libraries have more volunteers helping to run them than everywhere else in the UK apart from Kent, with 1400 in its 44 libraries
  • Two men are in a critical but stable condition after a motorbike crash on Felixstowe Road in Ipswich on Sunday night
  • Sixteen children have been arrested in Suffolk in the past three years for suspected gun crimes

Welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to the first Suffolk Live of the week.

The team will be here until 18:00, bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel and more.

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