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  1. Fifty firefighters at thatched roof blaze in Oakley
  2. Two men jailed for Beccles pub assault
  3. Majority of people responding to council consultation against planned cuts to fire service
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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Headlines: Son speaks of sadness at fire at childhood home... Fire service cuts a 'false economy'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's a round up of the early evening headlines:

  • The son of a couple whose thatched home was devastated by fire has told of his sadness at the damage to his childhood home
  • The majority of those responding to a consultation on cuts to the fire service are against the proposals
  • Junior doctors remain on picket lines after nearly 10 hours of a 48-hour strike

Weather: Sunshine and April showers continuing

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Sunshine and showers will continue, but are set to gradually easing this evening. It'll turn chilly but temperatures will stay a few degrees above freezing in breezy conditions. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).

Weather map for Eastern counties

Son speaks of 'sadness' over blaze at childhood home

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The son of the owners of Poplar Farmhouse at Oakley has revealed how quickly the fire took hold at his childhood home. 

Richard Hitchman was speaking outside the home he grew up in purchased by his parents back in the 1970s. 

He said it would take some time for the news to sink in, as "you tend to take things for granted, don't you?' 

Son speaks of sadness after Oakley childhood home destroyed by fire

Train delays between Ipswich and Cambridge

BBC Travel

Greater Anglia says commuters between Ipswich and Cambridge should expect delays on their journey home from work because of trespassers.

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£20,000 worth of alloy wheels stolen at Risby

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police are appealing for information after seven pallets containing alloy wheel rims to the tune of £20,000 were stolen from a business park at Risby. 

The theft of "Lotus" branded alloy wheels, in different shapes and sizes, happened overnight on Monday, into Tuesday.

A curtain-sided lorry was broken into at Saxham Business Park.

Fire service cuts 'a false economy'

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk County Council has produced a report into the public response to proposals to reduce the number of fire engines in Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, and close the fire station in Wrentham.

Firefighters tackling a fire in Sudbury

Here's what some of the respondents said to the planned cuts, which the council says are necessary as it has to save £1.34m from its budget by April 2018.

  • "If you remove an engine from Lowestoft, shut Wrentham and rely on Reydon who can't get a crew - I think we will be in danger of losing lives."
  • "People's safety is essential; Delayed response to serious RTCs will place lives in danger; it is a false economy
  • "Does Rapid Response (vehicle for Sudbury) mean two blokes in a van? The pressure they will be under at a life or death incident is morally wrong and dangerous for everyone"

Majority against planned cuts to fire service

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Thousands of people have said no to cuts to Suffolk's fire service, after the county council consulted on proposals to scrap engines and close a station. 

Firefighters at a major blaze in Sudbury last year
Mark Eley

The council says it has to save money and reflect a drop in call-outs to fires, but plans to take engines away from our biggest towns are deeply unpopular among those people who gave their views - with 85% saying no to cuts in Ipswich, 78% in Bury St Edmunds and 67% in Lowestoft. 

Almost three-quarters oppose closing Wrentham Fire Station, while 4,000 people signed a petition calling for both fire engines to remain in Sudbury. The council cabinet now has to decide whether to stick with its original plan, or to think again in light of the public response. 

Eye historian's documents expected to fetch thousands at auction

Diss Express

Manuscripts and photographs from a well-respected historian described as one of the "leading authorities" on road steam engines are set to fetch thousands when they go under the hammer this month.

Mr Lane
Diss Express

Blustery and cool, and a chance of catching a shower this afternoon

BBC Weather

It'll be a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers. Some of the showers will be heavy, with a risk of hail and thunder.

Weather Watcher: East Egg

It'll remain breezy overnight with showers gradually becoming lighter, fewer and further between. Maximum temperature this afternoon, 10C (50F). 

Many thanks to Weather Watcher East Egg, who posted this picture of Kersey just before 14:00 today.

Junior doctor strike: 'We're not in the 1950s'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Part of the row over the new contract for junior doctors surrounds pay inequality for part-time work, says Dr Sadia Choudhury, who is on strike at Ipswich Hospital.

Dr Sadia Choudhury

The anaesthetist said: "Unfortunately these new contracts mean that women working part-time will be paid less per hour than a man that's working full time. So if a man were to earn £10 per hour, the part-time mum would be earning £7.60 per hour for doing the exact same job, having the exact same responsibility. 

"I'm sorry, but this is 2016. We're not in the 1950s, and the fact that we still have to fight for gender equality is a disgrace."

The government has said the current contract is "outdated" and "unfair".

In the news: Building destroyed after thatched roof fire...Junior doctors in picket line over contract dispute

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Afternoon - if you're just joining us, here's what's been happening in the county so far today:

  • Firefighters are damping down after a major fire in a thatched home at Oakley, near Hoxne
  • Junior doctors have gone out on strike in a row over new contracts imposed on them by the government
  • Weather: 10C (50F) and chance of a shower this afternoon

Oakley thatch fire: Gable ends clearly leaning and walls bowing

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Here's the latest look at the scene at Oakley, where fire swept through the thatch of Poplar Farm House earlier today. 

Gable ends clearly bowing and wa

You can clearly see the effects of the fire to the building. Firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk are still "damping down".

It's thought the B1118 road will be closed for several hours this afternoon. 

Oakley thatch fire: Attempts to rescue furniture thwarted

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Suffolk and Norfolk firefighters attending the scene of the fire at Poplar Farm House tried to rescue the owners' furniture from the ground floor, before the ceiling and much of the roof collapsed.

Scene of the wrecked home at Oakley

About 60 firefighters have been working at the scene of the timber-framed wattle and daub home in Oakley, near Hoxne, since the alarm was raised around 10:00.

A representative of the fire service told me they tried to get the furniture onto the front drive but had to stop because the ceiling collapsed, followed by the roof above it.

VIDEO: Thatched roof fire at Oakley, near Hoxne

Oakley thatch fire: Building wrecked

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

I'm in Oakley, near Hoxne, where Poplar Farm House has been wrecked by a fire.

Poplar House farm, at Oakley

First pictures of Oakley fire

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's our first picture from reporter Nikki Fox of the scene at Oakley, near Hoxne, where more than 50 firefighters have been attending a thatched house blaze.

Scene of fire at Oakley, near Hoxne

Video: Ex-Bury Town stopper on keeping Ipswich Town at bay

Bury Free Press

Nick Pope spoke to journalists on the pitch at Portman Road last night after he put in a man-of-the-match performance as his Charlton Athletic side drew 0-0 with Ipswich Town last night.

Junior doctor strike: New medics might reconsider, believes hospital chief

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Junior doctors may reconsider strike action in future now that their new contract has been imposed on them, Ipswich Hospital's chief executive has said.

Nick Hulme

Doctors walked out at 08:00 this morning in their latest 48-hour strike over the government's new contract.

Nick Hulme told BBC News: "Now those contracts are available, I'm hoping they'll look at those maybe in a fresh light, and maybe make a different decision about whether or not to take industrial action. I'm hoping there may be some changes once they see the details."

Road closure after thatch fire

BBC Travel

The B1118 Low Road at Oakley is blocked in both directions due to the thatch fire

Women's Tour route launched

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I'm in delightful Beccles this morning, as more details are revealed about the route which cyclists on the Women's Tour will take this June.

The launch of the Tour

The event will get under way in Southwold on 15 June, with the opening stretch taking the elite riders through Beccles, Halesworth and on to Norwich.

Hopefully, come the day, it'll be a good deal warmer.

BreakingSerious thatch roof fire at Oakley

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

We're getting reports of a thatched roof fire in Oakley, near Hoxne. 

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service says it is being attended by 10 fire engines, with more than 50 firefighters.

Ipswich Star: The Golden Lion in Ipswich’s Cornhill is up for sale

Ipswich Star

An historic pub in the heart of Ipswich has been put up for sale by owner JD Wetherspoon.

Golden Lion pub in Ipswich
Ipswich Star

Bury boss says some of his squad 'aren't good enough' after 12 games without win

BBC Radio Suffolk

Bury Town's boss says some of his squad aren't up for the challenge after watching his side go 12 games without a win, with a 3-0 home loss to Harlow Town at Ram Meadow.

Players at the Ram Meadow ground

Ben Chenery's side now sit 13th in the Ryman One North table.

"Let’s be honest some of them are not good enough," he said. "I can’t beat around the bush. I know their capabilities and I’m afraid some of them just cannot make the next step."

Fans' disappointment over Charlton match

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Town fans have been speaking after their play-off hopes stretched even further into the distance after a goalless match against Charlton.

Ipswich Town fans disappointed after fruitless match against Charlton

Man fined for organising rave

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man who hosted a rave near Beccles last August has been fined. 

Josh Sutherland, 23, from Norfolk, pleaded guilty at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court to holding the unlicensed event and was fined £550. 

Police say about 500 people attended the event. They seized a range of sound equipment, speakers, turntables and four vehicles.

Mick McCarthy backs criticised Douglas

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Jonathan Douglas has come in for heavy criticism from a section of fans, but his boss has defended him. 

Jonathan Douglas
Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland international missed Town’s best chance in last night’s 0-0 draw with Charlton,  heading over from close range in the second half.

Mick McCarthy said: "He’s different class, low maintenance, gets on with it. He’s a good influence on the pitch. I don’t think there was any right to be giving him stick today."

Junior doctors' strike: Numbers of operations affected at Ipswich Hospital

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Hospital says it has rearranged 13 day cases and 167 outpatient appointments over the two days of the junior doctors' strike, which started at 08:00 this morning

Junior doctors on strike outside Ipswich Hospital

A spokeswoman for the hospital said all those patients had been given a new date. She added the number of people affected was relatively small, as the hospital would normally see around 3,000 patients per day.

Although a figure for the number of junior doctors on strike is not yet available, the spokeswoman said about 30-40 junior doctors chose to walk out in previous strikes.

Two men jailed for pub assault

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Two Lowestoft men are starting jail sentences after admitting two counts of assault for their parts in a fight in Beccles which left two other men injured.

Matthew Knights, 24, from Olive Court, was sentenced to two years and nine months, and Alexander Gibb, 19, from Whiting Road, was given three years and four months in a young offender institution.

The court heard that two men who had been in the Caxton Arms pub went outside for a cigarette, and one of them was attacked with a glass. The other man went to intervene and was also attacked. Both needed medical attention. 

Footballer suffered bleed on brain in unprovoked attack

Ipswich Star

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Why are junior doctors striking?

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Our colleagues at BBC Health have produced a helpful article explaining why junior doctors are going on a 48-hour strike starting today, over their dispute with the government about a new contract.

Graphic showing career path of a junior doctor

The government has described the current arrangements as "outdated" and "unfair", pointing out they were introduced in the 1990s. Ministers drew up plans to change the contract in 2012, but talks broke down in 2014.

Sticking points for the junior doctors include changes to salary and weekend working conditions.

Time running out for Ipswich's play-off hopes

Richard Haugh

BBC News

With six matches remaining and Ipswich seven points off the final play-off spot, time is certainly running out for Town's hopes of gaining promotion.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Last night's goalless draw with Charlton paired with sixth-placed Derby's win over Hull didn't help matters, not that manager Mick McCarthy has given up hope.

"It's getting very, very hard, seven points behind Derby," he said. "We'll probably have to go and beat Derby there and Sheffield Wednesday there and that's not going to be easy.

"We will try and win our next game and win as many as we can and see where that takes us. But we are now in a must-win situation - there is no getting away from that."

Weather: Cloudy, with some blustery showers later

BBC Weather

The morning will start rather cloudy with some rain possible for a time, clearing to a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers. Maximum temperature 12C (53F).

Travel: One to be aware of if you're heading to Norfolk

BBC Travel

If you're heading to Norfolk on the A140, there's problems at Flowerpot Lane in Long Stratton in both directions. This is due to temporary traffic lights, emergency repairs and a collapsed manhole. 

In the news: Men jailed for violent attack in Beccles...Gymnastics proves popular at Pipers Vale

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • Two men who carried out a violent attack on two others after an argument over a cigarette in Beccles have been jailed
  • A man has been given a fine for carrying out an unlicensed music event near Beccles last August
  • The Pipers Vale Gymnastics Centre in Ipswich says it currently has more than 600 people on its waiting list for lessons

Morning from us all at BBC Suffolk Live

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Well good morning, Suffolk, it's great to have your company today.

As usual, the team and I will be bringing you the usual eclectic mix of news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

Sunrise over Ipswich
Carl Harlott

Not sure if you caught the sunrise this morning but I thought I'd show you a shot of this beauty sent in by our regular, Carl Harlott. Shame it's going to rain later.