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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

The team here is signing off, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 to keep you informed about what's happening around the county, whether it's news, sport, travel or weather that interests you.

We hope you'll be there too.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Dry and clear with fairly widespread frost

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry and clear night across the county tonight. Clear skies, coupled with light winds, will allow a fairly widespread frost to develop. Lows of 0C (32F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be a fine, breezy day with light winds and plenty of sunshine. Highs of 12C(54F).

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

AFC Sudbury: Planning underway for next season

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

With just two more wins needed to secure the Ryman League Division North title AFC Sudbury are already looking ahead to the 2016/17 campaign.

Wardale Williams Stadium
AFC Sudbury

Speaking to BBC Suffolk, assistant manager Andy Reynolds denied the club's being complacent and is merely adopting a sensible, proactive approach.

"Plans are in place for next season," he said. "That's not with us thinking we've sewn up the league but that's us thinking we know what this group needs to develop. We know one or two players that we may need to get in to help us, so we've started work on that already." 

Sheep deaths thought to have been caused by dog attack

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Police say they believe a dog attack caused the death of two sheep in a field near Woodbridge last Thursday.

Two ewes were attacked, one was killed and the other had to be put down after sustaining injuries, which they say appear to be consistent with a dog attack.

The incident happened in a field off Broxtead Estate at Sutton.

Ireland to play at Bury Rugby Sevens

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Ireland national 7s team has signed up to compete at this year's Rugby Sevens tournament at Bury St Edmunds RFC.

Northampton Saints
@BSERugby

The event takes place on Sunday 8 May and will also feature an England team along with Premiership Giants Northampton Saints (pictured), who were victorious at the Haberden in 2015. 

Now it its eighth year, the event consists of a men's tournament, a women's tournament, and an open competition for the top amateur sides.

Suffolk comedy writer recalls visit by Ronnie Corbett to Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich-based comedy writer Alan Stafford, who wrote jokes for Ronnie Corbett for a number of shows, has been recalling a visit by the diminutive comedian to Ipswich.

Ronnie Corbett
BBC

Mr Stafford, whose book Too Naked for the Nazis recently won the Diagram Prize awarded to the oddest book title of the year, said Corbett opened a music shop in Carr Street.

He said: "We all stood waiting outside and this open-top car pulled up.

"Ronnie was sitting on the top, and that was my first encounter with him."

It was announced earlier today that Corbett had died, at the age of 85.  

What is a nuclear dry store?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We reported earlier how Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast is going to be the first nuclear power plant in the UK to use "dry stores" to stock spent fuel rods, which up until now, have been stored in a fuel pond, a very wide deep area of water, where the fuel rods can cool down very slowly.

Sizewell dry store
BBC

So why does this system need to change? Well, capacity in the pond is running out, and there's concern long-term about the integrity of the structures, and also that they could become a target for terrorist attacks.

The new dry fuel storage system will mean that spent fuel rods are put into casks made of steel kept in a specially protected area, which has already been built on site.  

McGoldrick and Bishop set for Wolves trip

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town fans will be delighted to hear news that David McGoldrick (pictured) and Teddy Bishop are closing in on a return to the first team.

David McGoldrick
Getty Images

Manager Mick McCarthy says both players have been involved in training this week, and could play some part in Saturday's match at Wolves. 

"Didsy is on the bus and there is every chance that Bish will be as well," McCarthy said. "they're both quality players that we might be able to get a sub appearance out of." 

Mildenhall shop owner describes arson attack

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The director of a shop in Mildenhall which was targeted by an arsonist on Sunday night, as reported in the East Anglian Daily Times, has been describing what happened.

CCTV image of arson attack
Brett Leader

Brett Leader, from the Vape Shack, told us: "We opened the door up to see that it was engulfed in flames. However the seat of the fire was at the mat.

"Mary, my business partner and life partner, pulled the mat out and we managed to get the flames under control very quickly."

Investigations continue into the cause of a fatal fire in Ipswich

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police have lifted a cordon put in place in Fuchsia Lane in Ipswich, where a man in his eighties died in a bungalow fire in the early hours of yesterday.

Another man is being treated at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

The investigation into the blaze is continuing.

Fuchsia Lane fire scene
BBC

Boxer Mark Fitch ahead of his last amateur fight

Haverhill Echo

Here's the back page of today's Haverhill Echo:

Haverhill Echo back page
Haverhill Echo

Darts: Wright gearing up to face Chisnall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright returns to the oche tonight for his ninth match in this season's Premier League. 

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old from Mendham (pictured) will be aiming for only his fourth victory of the campaign when he takes on Dave Chisnall in Cardiff.

On paper at least it looks like a good opportunity for Wright, with his opponent having won just once all season.

BreakingIpswich Town: Murphy to miss Wolves

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town will be without striker Daryl Murphy for Saturday's Championship game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

The 33-year-old hasn't recovered from the calf injury he sustained whilst on international duty with the Republic of Ireland last week.

Manager Mick McCarthy told BBC Suffolk: "He won't be available on Saturday and we'll see how he is for the two games after that, next Tuesday and then next Saturday."

Sizewell B introduces new stores for spent fuel

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I've been to Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast, which has today been named as the first nuclear power plant in the UK to use so called "dry stores" to stock spent fuel.

This is what it looks like inside at the moment:  

Sizewell B dry store
BBC

The owners EDF Energy say the method, which is already used in the USA and Europe, will allow the plant to safely operate until at least 2035.  

Brandon man dies following Weeley crash on Monday

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man from Brandon has died following a collision on the A133 at Weeley in Essex on Monday.

The 74-year-old was the driver of a Kia Sedona which was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus at about 17:00. 

The driver of the Focus, a 70-year-old from Clacton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Colchester, says Essex Police.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy hoping for some good news

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy's set to give injury updates on striker Daryl Murphy and midfielder Kevin Bru at today's press conference.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

Both players picked up knocks on international duty and were due to be assessed at the club's Playford Road training ground this morning.

Town's next game is away to Wolves on Saturday.

'Shop arsonist could have killed someone'

East Anglian Daily Times

Take a look at the front page of the west edition of today's East Anglian Daily Times:

Front page west edition of EADT
EADT

More than 100 at meeting in bid to “save” the Worlingworth Swan

Diss Express

A former manager at one of Suffolk’s most iconic pubs that is currently closed wants to put it “back on the map” as she leads a charge to get it reopened.

Worlingworth Swan
Diss Express

Watch: Suffolk artist takes on 'sketch a day' challenge

Suffolk artist Kate Batchelor decided to set herself something of a challenge for 2016, instead of the more traditional new year resolutions.

She's sketching a different scene in the county - every day:

Suffolk artist Kate Batchelor takes on a "sketch a day" challenge

Ipswich Museum 'mystery item' revealed

Etholle George

BBC Radio Suffolk

This week's mystery item from Ipswich Museum is an 18th Century decorative circular shield, possibly from Assam, featuring a picture of the Hindu Goddess Durga.

It's made of wood, metal and leather, and is covered in paintings, with several spikes.

Ipswich Museum reveal their latest 'mystery item'

Ryman League: AFC Sudbury will go 'back to basics'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

AFC Sudbury's assistant manager Andy Reynolds is backing his team to react positively to last weekend's surprise defeat to Waltham Abbey.

Andy Reynolds
AFC Sudbury

It was the Division North leaders first loss in 10 games, although they're still 11 points clear at the top of the table ahead of this Saturday's game against Wroxham. 

"We just want to go back to basics," Reynolds told BBC Suffolk Sport. "One thing that we've been really good at as a group, whenever we've had a set-back this year, is responding really well."

A12 crash driver 'critical but stable'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The van driver airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital yesterday after a serious crash on the A12 at Wrentham is in a "critical but stable" condition today, say Suffolk Police.

The road was closed for about eight hours yesterday to allow for recovery of the two vehicles involved, and for an investigation to take place.

A12 crash scene
BBC

Update on pedestrian collision in Ipswich

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

We brought you a report earlier from the Ambulance Service that a man in his 70s had been hit by a vehicle in Burlington Road in Ipswich.

Suffolk Police have since told us that in fact there was no collision, that the man had tripped over a pavement but confirmed he was taken into the care of the ambulance service.

Blue tits rule the roost in Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We brought you news earlier that blue tits were seen in more gardens in Suffolk than any other species, according to the latest figures from the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

Here's a break-down of some of the other results:

Infographic on Garden Birdway survey
Ray Kennedy/RSPB

Pedestrian injured after being hit by vehicle in Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

An elderly man has been taken to Ipswich Hospital with multiple injuries, after being hit by a vehicle in Burlington Road in the town shortly after 09:00 this morning.

The man, believed to be in his mid-seventies, received treatment at the scene before being taken to hospital where his condition is described as "stable", says the ambulance service.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Driver rescued after car overturns

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A car driver had to be rescued by the fire service in the early hours of this morning after the vehicle overturned just before 04:00

Three crews attended the scene on the A1101 at Flempton near Bury St Edmunds.

Thurlow Nunn League: Another defeat for Wanderers

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Wanderers couldn't arrest their recent slump as they were beaten 4-2 at home to Gorleston in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last night.

It's the Suffolk side's fourth successive loss, and leaves them 16th in the table.

Wanderers have won just one of their last 13 games in all competitions.

Terror trial jury to continue deliberations

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A jury will continue its deliberations today at Kingston Crown Court in the case of a man accused of planning an attack on British and US military staff at Suffolk airbases and those elsewhere in East Anglia.  

RAF Lakenheath
BBC

Junead Khan, who's 25 and from Luton, is accused of planning an attack on American airbases like RAF Lakenheath. 

He's also accused of preparing to fight for so-called Islamic State, alongside his uncle Shazib Khan, 23, also from Luton. Both men deny the charges.

Neighbours speak of heartbreak as man dies following Ipswich fire

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Mystery animal delays train

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

This message caught our eye earlier but so far Greater Anglia have been unable to tell us what the animals were.

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Network Rail say although it can obviously lead to delays when animals do get on the track, it's "not practical, or desirable, to fence the entire rail network".

Have you ever been delayed by this sort of incident? We'd love to hear about it if you  have, along with any photographs you may have. You can email us, or post a message on our Facebook page.

Thursday's weather: More of the same - sunny spells with a chance of showers later

BBC Weather

A chilly start followed by a mainly dry day with light winds and some good sunny spells. Some isolated light showers are possible by mid-afternoon. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

After any remaining showers die out, it'll be a dry and chilly night with long clear spells leading to a widespread frost. Lows of 0C (32F).

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

In the news: Firefighters free trapped driver... Suffolk's most common garden bird revealed

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • About 15 firefighters were called to the A1101 at Flempton near Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of this morning after a car overturned trapping the driver
  • Blue tits were the most spotted bird in Suffolk during the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch in January

Welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us as we start another day of live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

I couldn't resist sharing this photograph with you - blue tits have taken top spot in Suffolk in the RSPB Garden Birdwatch survey. We'll bring you more details about that a little later.

Blue Tits
PA