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Summary

  1. Man convicted of Suffolk terror plot
  2. Footballer faces speeding charge at court
  3. Service to remember Zeppelin raid
  4. Updates for Friday, 1 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Overnight weather: Dry with clear spells, possibility of ground frost

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It'll stay dry overnight with clear spells. Winds will be light southerly, leading to lows of 1C (34F), with the chance of a touch of ground frost in places.

Saturday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow should be mainly dry with spells of hazy sunshine, although rain is likely to arrive in the evening. Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Get the full forecast in your area from BBC Weather.

Early evening headlines: Luton man convicted of plotting terror attack in Suffolk... Charges introduced for recycling plasterboard and rubble

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A last look at today's headlines:

  • A delivery driver from Luton has been convicted of plotting with Islamic State to kill an American airman outside RAF Lakenheath
  • Charges come into effect at Suffolk's waste recycling centres for items such as plasterboard and rubble
  • Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham says Suffolk's Reece Topley has a real opportunity to be part of England set-up for many years

Cole Skuse: Ipswich have 'quality in abundance'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town may be six points down on where they were at this stage last season, but they have a better team, according to midfielder Cole Skuse.

Cole Skuse
Getty Images

The Blues visit Wolves tomorrow, with a win crucial in terms of reigniting their bid to make the play-offs for the second campaign running.

"The quality we've got is there in abundance," insisted Skuse. "But it's about transforming it on to the pitch at the weekend."

Update on former Ipswich Town footballer court case

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about the court case of former Ipswich Town winger Alex Henshall, who joined the club in 2010.

Henshall was allegedly caught driving at 53mph in a 30mph zone on Commercial Road just before 21:30 on 7 September last year.  

We're still waiting to hear on the result of the case and will bring it to you on Monday.

Alex Henshall
ITFC.co.uk

Update on sewer collapse in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

It may not look much, but Anglian Water have told us that beneath this hole in St Nicholas Street in Ipswich, is three metres of collapsed sewer.

They're going to start repair work in the morning, and confirm the road will remain closed over the weekend.

Hole in the road
BBC

Memorial service to remember Zeppelin raid victims 100 years on

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man whose mother survived a devastating Zeppelin raid in Bury St Edmunds 100 years ago attended a memorial service in the town for the victims today.

Bury St Edmunds after Zeppelin bombing
British Pathe

Colin Jamieson, whose maternal grandmother and two of her children died in the raid, said of his mother: "She didn't talk about it much, but described herself falling through space... didn't know what happened until she woke up in hospital.

"But she remembers the actual explosion and the damage, and screaming for her mother and so on."

Ipswich boss sympathises with opposite number at Wolves

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mick McCarthy will return to former club Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend, and the Yorkshireman has never lost against Wolves while in his current role as Ipswich Town manager.

Kenny Jackett
BBC

Ahead of kick-off, McCarthy's admitted that he has sympathy for Wolves boss Kenny Jackett (pictured), who has lost Benik Afobe, Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko to transfers or injury in recent months. 

"I feel for Kenny because that's akin to us losing Ryan Fraser, Teddy Bishop and David McGoldrick," McCarthy said. "It makes your team a worse team."

More than a thousand vehicles seized by police over lack of drivers' insurance or licence

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police have revealed they seized more than a thousand vehicles last year, because the drivers were uninsured or didn't have a licence.

ANPR equipment
BBC

PC John Clarke explains how the automated number plate recognition system they use works: "[It] reads number plates, then does a check on the national database to make sure they've got insurance and everything on that vehicle.

"If it hasn't, then it will alarm,and allow me to do a few more checks to go and stop the vehicle and if necessary take action."

Charges begin for taking plasterboard, rubble and soil to the tip

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Charges flagged up by Suffolk County Council last month, for taking plasterboard, rubble and soil to household waste recycling centres, come into effect from today.

Waste charges sign
BBC

When the charges of £2 for a 25kg bag, or £50 for a transit van-load were first mentioned, Independent councillor Trevor Beckwith told BBC Suffolk he disagrees with the move.

He said "Don't forget many of the people out there have had very little in the way of pay rises... Over the last five, six, seven years. It all adds up and I don't think it's right.

Suffolk County Council said introducing the charges "has not been an easy choice to make."

Botham backs Topley to shine

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham believes Suffolk's Reece Topley has a real opportunity to be a part of the England set-up for many years.

Reece Topley
Getty Images

Topley is part of the England squad that has made it through to Sunday's World T20 final in Kolkata, and the 22-year-old will play his domestic cricket for Hampshire this year.

"He's had the introduction and now he needs to cement it," Botham told BBC Suffolk. "Playing on one of the best pitches at Hampshire should help."

Darts: Wright back on track

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright returned to winning ways in the Premier League last night.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The Mendham thrower beat Dave Chisnall by seven legs to five in Cardiff to keep his hopes of making the play-offs alive. 

Chisnall was elminated from the competition after nine rounds along with Michael Smith, who lost to Phil Taylor.

Have you been caught out by any April Fool's tricks?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

While we've resisted the temptation to put any "fictitious" stories on Suffolk Live, we've spotted a couple of good ones you may have missed:

King Edward VI school in Bury St Edmunds posted this on their Facebook page: "We are pleased to announce that, in line with Government policy, from the start of term we will be known as Ed's Academy".

And the Red Rose Chain theatre company based in Ipswich suggested a novel way of marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death:  

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Cole Skuse: Ipswich players can deal with crowd verbals

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have had almost two weeks to ponder their last match which ended in a 1-0 defeat and a barrage of criticism from their home supporters.

Cole Skuse
BBC

Midfielder Cole Skuse has acknowledged that supporters are entitled to voice their opinions, and adds that the Blues will try hard to bounce back away at Wolves tomorrow. 

"It's never nice to hear boos and you do think about what's being said," Skuse said. "But you should never get too high with the highs or to low with the lows."

How Islamic State group supporters targeted the UK

A delivery driver from Luton has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on US military personnel in the UK as a show of his allegiance to the self-styled Islamic State group. What does his case say about the nature of the threat faced by the UK?  

Read Dominic Casciani's background article here.

Junead Khan
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Watch: Background to Junead Khan conviction

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The BBC's Alex Dunlop looks at the background to Junead Khan's guilty conviction at Kingston Crown Court of terrorism offences, and speaks to the commander of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Colonel Robert Novotny:

Junead Khan convicted of planning a terror attack in Suffolk

Would-be Jihadis mocked government Prevent programme

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Two British Islamic would-be jihadis from Luton were on the radar of the Government's anti-extremism programme a year before they were arrested - and joked about it.

Junead Khan, 25, and his uncle Shazib Khan, 23, mocked the Prevent programme after a police officer visited Junead's Luton home in 2014, their trial heard. The pair have been found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of preparing to travel to Syria.

They used the WhatsApp instant messenger to discuss the visit from Bedfordshire Police, in which an officer left a card asking for Junead to call him. The trial heard the two men also shared extremist material using WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging programmes.

Luton pair convicted of preparing to go to Syria

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A Luton man found guilty of planning a terror attack on American military personnel in East Anglia was also convicted alongside his uncle of preparing to go to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State.

Junead Khan and Shazib Khan
CPS

Some of the evidence used to convict Junead Khan, 25, and Shazib Khan, 23, (pictured right) cannot be revealed for legal reasons, but both men had denied engaging in the preparation of terrorist acts between 1 August 2014 and 15 July 2015.

Neither showed any emotion as the jury returned its verdicts after deliberating for almost 24 hours at the end of a six-and-a-half-week trial.

Luton man guilty of terror plan used delivery job as cover

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Junead Khan, the Luton man found guilty of planning a terror attack on American military personnel between May and July 2015, used his job with a pharmaceutical firm as cover to scout United States Air Force bases in East Anglia, his trial heard.

Detectives later found he had been exchanging chilling online messages with a so-called Islamic State fighter in Syria calling himself Abu Hussain, including describing attacking military personnel after faking a road accident.

After Khan was arrested in July, police found pictures on his phone of him posing in his bedroom with an Islamic State-style black flag which officers later found in the attic. His computer was also found to contain an al-Qaida bomb manual and Amazon searches for a large combat knife.

RAF Lakenheath 'take necessary precautions'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Speaking before the guilty verdict on Junead Khan, the commander of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath said they prepare for potential terror attacks.

RAF Lakenheath
BBC

Colonel Robert Novotny said: "We've seen this from California to the streets of London so we're a little bit aware of it, we're obviously planning for these type of situations.

"We take the necessary precautions. We have a great relationship with the UK intelligence community and the law enforcement community to make sure we're postured to respond accordingly."

Junead Khan had been visited by counter-terrorism officers

The head of counter-terrorism at Scotland Yard, Commander Dean Haydon said Junead Khan had been visited two years ago, by officers tasked with persuading potential extremists to change course.

"He decided that he would form an attack plan here in the UK and what we think he was going to do was to carry out an attack on a US soldier first and potentially travel out to Syria later on. 

"We also saw him becoming more extreme and as result of that, in view of protecting public safety, the police and security and intelligence agencies intervened at an early stage."

Khan has been convicted of plotting with the Islamic State group to kill an American soldier outside RAF Lakenheath airbase.

Junead Khan had discussed 'staging a car crash'

Junead Khan, who has today been convicted of plotting with Islamic State to kill an American soldier outside an American air base in Suffolk, was discovered in an encrypted online conversation discussing staging a car crash and attacking a soldier with a knife.

He was sent instructions on how to build a bomb and was told to use it against police if they arrived on the scene. 

Khan carried out online research into buying a large knife but was arrested at his workplace days after his online exchange.

Junead Khan found guilty of preparing to attack US airmen based in Britain

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A delivery driver from Luton has been convicted of plotting with Islamic State to kill an American airman outside an airbase in East Anglia. 

Junead Khan, 25, (pictured left) was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of preparing terrorist acts.

Junead Khan pictured left and Shazib Khan
CPS

He and his uncle Shazib Khan have also been found guilty of preparing to travel to Syria to join IS.

BreakingJunead Khan found guilty in terrorist trial

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25 and from Luton, has been convicted of plotting with Islamic State to kill an American airman outside a Suffolk airbase.

Commemoration service takes place for Zeppelin victims

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I've been to the cemetery chapel in Bury St Edmunds, where a service has been held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raid on the county that resulted in the deaths of seven people in the town.

We'll bring you more from the service shortly.

Commemoration service
BBC

Ronnie Corbett and the sea lion

Tributes continue to come in for Ronnie Corbett, who sadly died yesterday aged 85. Pleasurewood Hills, near Lowestoft, tweeted this photograph of the comedian with one of its sea lions...

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Further details on train cancellations

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

More now on the Greater Anglia's train cancellations that we flagged up a little earlier.

Greater Anglia train
BBC

The train company, which apologises for the disruption, says staff sickness has meant two mainline trains running from London to Norwich this afternoon have been cancelled. 

Some branch services, between Ipswich and Felixstowe, and Ipswich and Lowestoft, have also fallen victim to what Abellio Greater Anglia says is train crew being unavailable. 

Greater Anglia warn of a number of train cancellations

Bury rugby club boss praises fan's support

Bury Free Press

Here's the back page of today's Bury Free Press:

Back page of Bury Free Press
Bury Free Press

McCarthy expects a response from Ipswich at Wolves

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ahead of Ipswich's match at Wolves tomorrow, Town boss Mick McCarthy says he wants his players to be deservedly cheered off by their supporters between now and the end of the season. 

Mick McCarthy
BBC

It was boos at both half time and full time as the Blues lost 1-0 at home to Rotherham last time out, but the manager believes there have been far more good displays then bad ones since August. 

"My players don't intentionally play like that, and generally they respond well to a bad performance," said McCarthy. "For the next eight games we'll try to play in the manner that's led to us being cheered."

St Nicholas street closed due to suspected sewer collapse

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

I've been down to St Nicholas Street in Ipswich, which has been closed due to a suspected sewer collapse.

St Nicholas Street, Ipswich
BBC

Diversion route around St Nicholas Street closure

We mentioned earlier that St Nicholas Street in Ipswich is closed due to a suspected sewer collapse.

Here's the diversion route if you need to drive in the area:

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Travel: St Nicholas Street in Ipswich closed

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk County Council have told us that St Nicholas Street in Ipswich is closed due to what's thought to be a collapsed sewer.

They say Anglian Water are on their way, and that the road's likely to be closed until Monday.

Map showing St Nicholas Street in Ipswich
Google

Flattered McCarthy coy on Villa link

TWTD.co.uk

Boss Mick McCarthy says it's flattering to be linked with the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job and was coy when asked to rule himself out of the running, while admitting that he is still ambitious and would “like to be in the Premier League again, however that might be”.  

Mick McCarthy
TWTD

Former Ipswich Town footballer in court on speeding charges

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Former Ipswich Town winger Alex Henshall, who joined the club in 2010 having previously had a spell on loan there, is due to appear before magistrates in the town this morning on speeding charges.

Alex Henshall
ITFC.co.uk

Henshall was allegedly caught driving at 53mph in a 30mph zone on Commercial Road just before 21:30 on 7 September last year.

The former England youth international, whose contract with Ipswich Town was terminated earlier this year, joined Scottish side Kilmarnock this week.

'Bridge madness'

Ipswich Star

Take a look at the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Armed robbery in Sudbury

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man from the Sudbury area has been arrested after an armed robbery in the town last night. 

Police were called to Ballingdon Road Post Office at 18:45 after a man threatened staff with a knife and got away with money and cigarettes. 

The 18-year-old will be questioned on suspicion of robbery later today.

Zeppelin terror raids remembered

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A service of commemoration is being held at noon in the cemetery chapel in Bury St Edmunds, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raid on the town which killed seven people.

Zeppelin airship
Getty Images

Bombs fell on Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury during an attack by Zeppelin airships on the night of 31 March-1 April 1916.

Altogether 12 people were killed in Suffolk, with further deaths in Essex.

Cole Skuse: Ipswich 'striving to avoid failure'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse admits that missing out on the end of season play-offs this year would be seen as a failure by the whole squad.

Cole Skuse
BBC

Ahead of tomorrow's fixture away at Wolves, the Blues are 4 points behind 6th place, having recorded just one win from their last four matches.

"We set a benchmark last year and while teams around us have improved, it would be a failure if we didn't make it." Skuse said.