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  1. Top stories on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Suffolk's water supply is getting an £86m boost over the next 12 months as part of a five-year investment programme by Anglian Water
  3. Fifteen front desks at police stations in Suffolk are closed from today after cuts across the force
  4. Award-winning photographer to spend nine days on buses in Ipswich taking photos of local people
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Philippa Taylor

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We're signing off for the night, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 and hope you'll be here too.

Before we say goodbye, here's a reminder from Weather Watcher "Kev" of the thunderstorm which passed over the county last night.

Have a good evening.

Thunder storm over Maidenhall area of Ipswich
Weather Watcher 'Kev'

Overnight weather: A dry night with some clear spells

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Any residual showers will die away over the next couple of hours to leave a dry night across the county, with some clear spells developing. 

This will allow a few mist and fog patches to form in places towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Overnight weather map

Tomorrow will be predominantly dry with only very isolated showers possible. There should be some warm sunny spells, with the best of the sunshine in the afternoon. Top temperature: 14C (57F).

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

Happy ending for soggy doggy rescue from Southwold harbour

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Suffolk dog owner has been reunited with her pet after it became the latest animal to get into difficulties in Southwold Harbour. Last month the RNLI revealed it had been called out four times so far this year to rescue animals in trouble.

Ted the dog
Joan Hiles

Joan Hiles saw her dog Ted (pictured left) fall into the water from the Walberswick side before being rescued by people on the beach opposite after he struggled to swim ashore.

She said it was a lucky escape: "There's a drop down, probably eight to 10 feet into the water, so I couldn't get to him at all. I think he was in the water probably for about 15 minutes, but he was getting dragged out to sea."

New project to check safety arrangements in 'mixed-use' buildings

A project which is aimed at making mixed-use buildings safer is set to be rolled out across Suffolk following the devastating fire which ripped through Sudbury Town centre last year.

Sudbury fire
Suffolk County Council

Babergh and Mid-Suffolk Councils have been working with the fire service and are particularly looking at flats above shops and restaurants.

Privately rented properties will be checked to ensure they are compliant with fire laws and safe for occupants. If landlords won't carry out safety work, then enforcement measures may be used.

Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic

BBC Sport

Ipswich take on Charlton Athletic at Portman Road tomorrow night.

Will the fact that Charlton have failed to score in four of their last five league games against Ipswich prove to be a blessing, or a curse?

David McGoldrick of Ipswich Town
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Arrests for cannabis possession in county fall below national average

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Arrests for cannabis possession in Suffolk have dropped by 21% since 2010, according to figures obtained by the BBC. This compares to a reduction of 46% across England and Wales.

Cannabis smoker

Ch Insp Barry Byford says he thinks the lower figure in the county may be due to previous successes in the area.

He added: "It's very hard to speculate on what's not there any more so that's a tough call to make, but previous years have been successful and it might have just driven them [users and dealers] away."

Watch: Find out why last night's thunderstorm occurred

A heavy band of rain and storm conditions rattled across much of the East region last night which many of you captured as our Weather Watchers.

BBC Look East forecaster Dan Holley talks us through why it happened:

Dan Holley explains Sunday's thunderstorm

Dozzell nets late winner for U21s

Andre Dozzell’s late freekick saw Town’s U21s to a 2-1 victory at Barnsley this afternoon, Myles Kenlock having hit the Blues’ earlier goal in the first half, the left-back’s second in two games.  

Andre Dozzell

Ipswich Town: Loan wingers impress McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was full of praise for on-loan wideman Liam Feeney and Ben Pringle (pictured) in Saturday's goalless draw at Wolves.

Ben Pringle
Getty Images

Feeney made his full debut for the club at Molineux, while Pringle played in an advanced central midfield position, behind striker Brett Pitman.

"We know Liam's a real threat and I think he'll get better with us," McCarthy said. "I thought Prings was different class, I think he adds a little bit of something to us playing in the number 10 role, he can keep the ball and find a pass."

McCarthy: Marcus's support is fantastic

Blues boss Mick McCarthy has praised owner Marcus Evans for the support he has given him during his time at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy

Watch: Last night's thunder storm as it tracks across the county

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We've already brought you a number of photographs of last night's storm as it crossed Suffolk, but here's a look at it from another angle:

Radar images of Suffolk thunderstorm

Wattisham had the highest reported rainfall during the band of thunderstorms which moved from the English Channel up to Suffolk. 

The recorded rainfall was 14mm between 19:00 and 01:00, with the majority falling between 22:30 and 23:30.

Ipswich Town: Murphy misses out again

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy will have to sit out tomorrow's home game against Charlton Athletic.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

The 33-year-old - who also missed Saturday's goalless draw at Wolves - hasn't recovered from the calf injury he picked up on international duty recently and is a doubt for Brentford's visit at the weekend.

Otherwise manager Mick McCarthy has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Put on your best smile, your photo may be taken

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Photographs are being taken from a number of buses in Ipswich this week,which will be shown at Suffolk's first photography festival next month.

Couple holding hands
George Georgiou

Adrian Evans is director of Photo East, and curator of the festival. He says the acclaimed photographer George Georgiou has already done a very similar project in London called Last Stop.

He added: "He used the bus as a vehicle for documenting the city, and the way in which you see a city from public transport."

Man arrested after Woodbridge incident

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man in his thirties has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, following an incident in Woodbridge last night, Suffolk Police said.

Woodbridge incident

Officers were called to Church Street about 22:00 where they found someone on the roof of a property.

He was talked down by the police by 01:00 and taken into hospital.

Weekend football round-up

Bury Free Press

Needham Market remain deep in Ryman League Premier Division relegation trouble following their 2-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Farnborough on Saturday afternoon. 

Michael Brothers
Bury Free Press

Ipswich Town: McCarthy rues lack of killer instinct

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was left frustrated by his side's 0-0 draw at Wolves on Saturday, which leaves them five points adrift of the Championship play-off places.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Town were the better side throughout the 90 minutes, but didn't make the most of several good chances to score.

"I thought the performance was very good," said McCarthy. "The only disappointing aspect of it is that we've not managed to score. We've just not been clinical enough, smart enough, cute enough to win it."

Lunchtime headlines: Motorcyclist receives multiple injuries after falling from bike... Police question three people following theft of baby milk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our top stories so far today:

  • A man's been taken to hospital after receiving multiple injuries when he fell from his motorbike near Woodbridge in the early hours of this morning
  • Three people are being questioned by Suffolk Police after the theft of nearly £1,400 worth of baby millk
  • Renowned photographer George Georgiou is spending nine days on buses in Ipswich taking photographs of local people for an exhibition

Almost £1,400 worth of baby milk stolen

Three people, two women aged 21 and 39 from London, and a man aged 24 of no fixed abode, are being questioned about the theft of almost £1,400 worth of baby milk, say Suffolk Police:

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Travel: A1088 blocked

BBC Travel

The A1088 Thetford Road is blocked in Ixworth, with delays in both directions. 

A lorry has become stuck while turning in the road.

Your pictures: Suffolk thunderstorm

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We've already shared one photograph of last night's thunderstorm with you. Here's another taken in Oulton, by Weather Watcher "Nicko":

Oulton lightning
Weather Watcher 'Nicko'

Did you manage to video last night's lightning? Send us your footage by email or post it on our Facebook page.

We'll have more of your pictures and a look at the BBC Weather radar images of the storm moving across the county later.

Multiple injuries for motorcyclist after Woodbridge bike fall

Andrea Davidson

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man, believed to be in his early 20s, has been taken to hospital with multiple injuries after falling from a motorcycle in the early hours of this morning in the Woodbridge area. 

The East of England Ambulance Service says he was taken to Ipswich Hospital, but he's not believed to be in a life threatening condition.

How did the rumours linking Mick McCarthy to vacant Aston Villa job come about?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Fans' website TWTD have quoted centre-half Tommy Smith as believing Mick McCarthy moving on would be a "massive loss" for the Blues.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

But how did all these rumours begin? Here's the background to today's comment:

Smith: McCarthy exit would be massive loss for Town

Centre-half Tommy Smith believes manager Mick McCarthy moving on would be a “massive loss” for the Blues, the Town boss having been linked with the vacant job at soon-to-be-relegated Aston Villa.  

Former Ipswich footballer's speeding case adjourned

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Former Ipswich player Alex Henshall, who is accused of speeding in Ipswich town centre, has had his court case adjourned after he asked for more time.


The 22-year-old is accused of doing 53mph in a 30mph zone in Commercial Road last September.

His case was adjourned until 26 April when it will be heard in Bury St Edmunds' Magistrates' Court.

Ryman League: AFC Sudbury's champagne still on ice

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Despite beating Wroxham 2-1 on Saturday and moving to 98 points for the season AFC Sudbury still haven't quite secured the Ryman Division North title.

AFC Sudbury

That will happen as early as tomorrow night if second placed Thurrock and Harlow Town, who're third, both drop points.

If they both win Sudbury will be able to wrap things up when they go to Tilbury this coming weekend.

Your pictures: Lightning in Ipswich

Last night's thunder storm may have kept some people awake for a while, but it certainly produced some amazing lightning flashes. Here's one captured in Ipswich by Weather Watcher Mrs D.

Ipswich Storm
Weather Watcher 'Mrs D'

Ipswich 'as seen from its buses'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

An award-winning photographer is to spend nine days on buses in Ipswich, taking photos of local people.  

Ipswich bus

George Georgiou, whose previous destinations include Turkey, Serbia and Ukraine, has not visited the town before and says he has no preconceptions of what it will be like.

"The only thing I know about Ipswich is the football club," he said. "Every journey will be a complete exploration and mystery to me, which is the perfect way to approach something."

Your pictures: Last night's thunder storm

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

I don't know if you saw last night's thunder storm, but even if you did - I think you'll still enjoy this photograph taken in Ipswich by Carl Harlott.

Lightning flash
Carl Harlott

We'll bring you some more storm pictures during the morning which have been taken by some of our Weather Watchers, but don't forget you can also send photographs of the county to us via email, or post them on our Facebook page.

Rugby union: Bury fight back to grab bonus points

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Although they failed to make it five wins in a row at the weekend, Bury St Edmunds ended their defeat to Redingensians on a positive note.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Trailing 31-14 with just 10 minutes to go, the Wolf Pack clawed their way back to lose just 31-28, which secured them two valuable bonus points.

Captain Chris Snelling said: "We showed a lot of heart to come back. They'll be valuable points for us as we don't want to be close to the relegation zone, but realistically we know that as a side we're probably better than them."

Fifteen police front desks closed from today

Fifteen police station front desks in the county will be closed from today as part of a series of changes to Suffolk Police.

Bury St Edmunds police station

The only stations that remain open are Bury St Edmunds (pictured), Lowestoft and Ipswich.

Other changes include reducing the number of parish council meetings attended by Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and major changes to the lost property service, where most items will no longer be accepted.

Hundreds living in under-performing care homes

Ipswich Star

This is the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Mick McCarthy: 'We have to win our next two games'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes his side needs to take maximum points from this week's two home games if they're to have a chance of reaching the Championship play-offs.

Mick McCarthy

Struggling Charlton Athletic come to Portman Road tomorrow and then Brentford visit on Saturday.

After dropping points at Wolves on Saturday McCarthy told BBC Suffolk: "I do think we have to win our next two games and who knows where that'll put us, which is putting pressure on us already, but hey-ho." 

Anglian Water spending £86m in county over next year

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Anglian Water is spending £86m over the next 12 months in Suffolk as part of a five-year investment programme across the region, upgrading drains, burst pipes and water recycling centres and providing cash to protect natural environments.

Engineering listening for water leaks

Another priority is fixing leaks. A company engineer explained how he and colleagues literally "listen" to the water pipes under the ground, to identify where problems are.

He said: "I listen to the stop tap, then follow the road up and listen to every stop tap and every main fitting to see if there is any more leaks along the road."

Travel: Broken-down lorry causing problems around Copdock interchange

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the exit slip road of the A14 westbound at J55 (A1214 Copdock) because of a broken-down lorry. There's congestion to J56 (A137 Wherstead).

Monday's weather: Cloudy with occasional showers, brighter later

BBC Weather

Although there'll be some sunny breaks today, it'll be rather cloudy with a few showers, some of which may be heavy with the odd rumble of thunder possible. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

Most places will become dry this evening, with some cloud breaks allowing mist patches to form in places. Lows of 5C (41F).

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

In the news: Suffolk's water supply gets £86m investment... Police cuts come into force

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • Suffolk's water supply is getting an £86m boost over the next 12 months as part of a five-year, £5bn investment programme by Anglian Water across the region
  • Fifteen front desks at police stations in Suffolk are closed from today with only the desks at Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich staying open after cuts across the force
  • A man in his 30s was arrested on Church Street, Woodbridge, last night on suspicion of criminal damage after he allegedly cllimbed on to the roof of a property there

Welcome to a new week on Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on this rather wet Monday morning.

Over the next 10 hours, the team here will bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen from across the county.

You can join in too, by sending us an email, posting a message on our Facebook page, or contacting us via Twitter.