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  1. Updates for Friday, 8 April 2016
  2. Motorcyclist seriously injured in Leiston collision in the early hours of Friday morning
  3. Suffolk Rape Crisis say a jail sentence handed out yesterday for historic child abuse should encourage other victims to come forward
  4. Ipswich Beer Festival is unlikely to go ahead this year, say organisers Camra
  5. Newmarket's Le Reve to race in Saturday's Grand National
  6. Baylham bowls player Katherine Rednall is through to the final of the WIBC World Indoor Championships in Jersey
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it from the team here at BBC Suffolk for another week.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning and look forward to your company then.

Have a good weekend.

History of Ipswich Beer Festival

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We brought you news earlier that the annual Ipswich Beer Festival is "unlikely" to take place this year, which made us wonder how the event has evolved:

2015 Ipswich Beer Festival
  • Last year, the 32nd festival was held on the practice pitches at Portman Road for the first time
  • In 2014 Camra pulled out of organising the event after the dates were changed, but Ipswich Borough Council stepped into the breach 
  • In 2011 the event left its long-standing venue at the Corn Exchange and moved to the Waterfront

Overnight weather: Dry at first with rain later

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Scattered showers gradually fading away this evening to leave most places dry for a time with clear intervals, before thickening cloud brings rain from the west later in the night. Lows of 5C (41F).

Overnight weather map

Saturday will start cloudy with outbreaks of rain, gradually clearing eastwards to leave a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers for the afternoon, some with hail. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Check out the forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Big day for Le Reve in Grand National

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

It's a big day for Le Reve in Saturday's Grand National. 

Not only is the eight-year-old Newmarket's sole entry in the race this year, getting there is also a "dream" for Charlotte O'Brian who has been riding out Le Reve since he was aged just four.

The last winner from the town was back in 1929. 

"He's a horse of a lifetime, he's amazing... we don't know if he's going to like the fences but I think he will... he's in great form," said O'Brian.

Tree to remember babies who've died

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A tree of remembrance is being unveiled in Holywells Park in Ipswich tomorrow. 

Remembrance tree

It's for families who've lost a baby, whether through miscarriage, still-birth or following delivery, to help remember them, with individual leaves engraved with the name and date of birth of the baby.

Ali Brett, from the Ipswich Hospital Baby Bereavement Group, says the couples and families who come to the group wanted something "extra... somewhere more natural to be able to come and reflect".

Man pleads guilty to sexual offences with Suffolk teenager

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man from Bristol has pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to one count of sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child from Suffolk.

Ipswich Crown Court

Christopher Woakes, 31, of Portbury Grove, contacted a number of under age girls on social media - one of whom was a 15-year-old girl who had learning difficulties - posing as a 16-year-old boy.

Woakes, who met up with the girl near her home a number of times, and engaged in sexual activity with her, has been remanded in custody. He will be sentenced the week commencing 23 May.

Restricting Orwell Bridge access to pedestrians not the 'easy solution' to preventing suicides, says local MP

Closing off the Orwell Bridge pedestrian pathway still won't stop people going onto the bridge, according to the MP for Ipswich - who says it's not quite the easy solution it may appear.

Orwell Bridge

Health Minister Ben Gummer, who was speaking in response to a newspaper campaign launched today to stop the bridge deaths, says solving mental health issues is more than building a barrier, and local services must improve:

"We [the government] still need to put more money in, and that's what we're going to be doing over the next few years. We've ring-fenced the money going to mental health trusts via local doctors."

Development will 'desecrate' the heart of Constable Country, says parish council chairman

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The chairman of East Bergholt parish council says a 144-home development which was approved last month, will "desecrate the heart of Constable Country".

"No 2 144" sign

Dr Paul Ireland was speaking after the government confirmed it would not be getting involved in the planning decision, which was made despite local people saying it would ruin the village.

He said: "We have a development... which is delivering effectively executive homes, which is not the sort of housing we really need in this area."

We have called the developers for comment and are waiting to hear back from them.

Optometrist denies manslaughter of Ipswich boy

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

An eye specialist has denied killing an eight-year-old boy from Ipswich through gross negligence.

Old Bailey

Locum optometrist Honey Rose appeared at the Old Bailey today, charged with the manslaughter of Vincent Barker on 13 July, 2012. He was a pupil at Dale Hall Primary School in Ipswich.

The hearing was told part of her work was to detect signs of injury and disease through an eye exam. 

The 34-year-old is due to face a trial at Ipswich Crown Court in July.

A look at some of photographer George Georgiou's work

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back now to our story about George Georgiou, who says his work as a resident photographer on Ipswich's buses is made more difficult because they move too quickly.

Ukraine woman
George Georgiou

It's not the first time Mr Georgiou has undertaken a project like this, as you can see from these photographs taken in the Ukraine, also from public transport.

George Georgiou

The resulting photographs from his time on the buses will feature in the PhotoEast festival in May.

Wife pays tribute to man killed in Needham Market collision

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The wife of a 47-year-old man who died following a collision on the B1078 Barking Road at Needham Market last month, says her heart "is broken".

Mike Ashton
Suffolk Police

Mike Ashton, who was officer commanding Squadron, No. 1287 (Wattisham) Air Training Corps, was a front seat passenger in a Peugeot 206 that collided with a Ford Mondeo on 15 March.

In paying tribute, his wife Angela says she will "always love and miss him".

Douglas triggers one-year extension to Town contract

Midfielder Jonathan Douglas has triggered a 12-month extension to his contract with the Blues, having joined Town from tomorrow’s opponents Brentford on a free transfer last summer, when he signed a one-year deal with an option for a second season.  

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells and patchy cloud around this afternoon, with perhaps the odd shower at times. It may feel rather pleasant in the sunshine, but rather chilly as the showers pass through.

Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather Watcher Big Phil

Today's photo was taken in Lowestoft by Weather Watcher "Big Phil".

If you're not sure what a weather watcher is, take a look at the website and we hope to see some of your pictures soon.

Ipswich Town: McGoldrick says he's ready to start

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has told BBC Suffolk he's ready to make his first start for the club since October in tomorrow's game against Brentford.

David McGoldrick
Getty Images

The 28-year-old returned to action after a near four month absence as a substitute in last weekend's draw at Wolves.

"I feel I am ready but that's not down to me, that's down to the boss as it always is. Everyone at the club respects him and his decisions. I've been working for him for three years so he'll know when I'm ready."

Lunchtime headlines: Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in Leiston collision... Disruption on main line service to Liverpool Street

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, these are our main stories:

  • A motorcyclist was taken to hospital in the early hours of this morning with "serious injuries" following a collision in Leiston
  • Rail services between Suffolk and Liverpool Street have been disrupted after a person was hit by a rain between Ipswich and Manningtree
  • Resident photographer says taking pictures from Ipswich Buses is "very difficult" as they move too quickly

Taking photographs from Ipswich buses is 'very difficult' says resident photographer

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Acclaimed photographer George Georgiou, who's spending nine days on Ipswich buses taking pictures of people for a photographic exhibition, says it's very difficult - because the buses move too quickly.

Ipswich Bus

Mr Georgiou says in London, where he's previously done the same thing, buses are constantly stopping as there's so much traffic and a  lot of things "unfold in front of you".

But he says "Ipswich is much much harder because the main concentration of people is in the town centre which is predominantly pedestrianised... I know people complain about buses, but I think they move very quickly in Ipswich."

Hard hitting comments from Bury Town boss

Bury Free Press

Take a look at the back page of today's Bury Free Press:

Back page of Bury Free Press
Bury Free Press

Man has 'serious injuries' after collision in Leiston

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man, thought to be in his mid-20s, has been taken to hospital with serious injuries, following a collision in Leiston in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called at shortly before 01:00 to reports that a man had come off a motorcycle in Valley Road. It's thought the vehicle had collided with the wall of the railway bridge, causing the bike and rider to hit a parked car.

Injuries suffered by the man riding the bike include fractured ribs and a fractured shoulder.

Maitland-Niles's mother leaves McCarthy abusive voicemail

On-loan Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s mother is reported to have left a foul-mouthed voicemail on Blues boss Mick McCarthy’s phone, leading to her son's recent omission from the Town side.  

Darts: Stalemate for Wright

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright drew 6-6 with former world champion Adrian Lewis in last night's Premier League fixture in Sheffield.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

Phil Taylor made the most of playing twice by moving three points clear at the top of the standings after wins over Gary Anderson and James Wade.

The night's other winners were Michael van Gerwen and James Wade in his other match.

Travel: All lines reopen between Manningtree and Ipswich

All lanes have reopened between Manningtree and Ipswich after a person was hit by a train earlier this morning.

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Funeral of former BBC Radio Suffolk broadcaster takes place this morning

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The funeral of former BBC Radio Suffolk broadcaster and headteacher Bryan Knights takes place this morning at the Seven Hills Crematorium on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Bryan Knights

For many years Bryan commentated on Ipswich Town and reported on Suffolk Cricket matches as well as Ipswich Witches meetings.  

He died on 7 March in Ipswich Hospital after a long illness.

Person hit by train between Manningtree and Ipswich

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

I have just spoken to the Greater Anglia press office about the emergency incident between Manningtree and Ipswich. 

I was told a person has been hit by a train and the line is expected to be blocked until 13:00 this afternoon. 

There are currently delays of up to 90 minutes. 

Update from Greater Anglia on rail disruption

Latest from Greater Anglia on disruption to main line services

Historic child abuse jail sentence 'should encourage other victims to speak out' says support organisation

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Rape Crisis say a jail sentence yesterday for child abuse decades ago by an Ipswich man, should encourage other victims to come forward.

Manager Selina Wagstaff says examples in the media, particularly those that demonstrate that victims are believed, do encourage people to come forward: "Whether that's to report sexual violence to the police, or to seek professional support."

The organisation says about 40% of the victims they see have suffered abuse as children.

'Monstrous' care home plan for Nowton Park gets rejected by planners

East Anglian Daily Times

Here's the front page of the west edition of today's East Anglian Daily Times:

Front page of west edition EADT

Ipswich Beer Festival 'unlikely' to take place this year

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

It's looking very unlikely that Ipswich Beer Festival will go ahead this year, with the organisers saying they haven't got a venue they can afford.

Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith, from the Campaign for Real Ale in Ipswich and East Suffolk, says: "We wanted to organise something but keep the scale of it down.

"There are an awful lot of other festivals out there. Every day more people seem to be organising events so we're competing in quite a saturated market."

Ipswich Town: Fraser unlikely to return

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy's told BBC Suffolk there's little chance of loan winger Ryan Fraser returning to the club, either this season or next.

Ryan Fraser
Getty Images

The 22-year-old's currently back at his parent club receiving treatment on the hamstring injury he sustained at QPR in February.

"I'm looking at it as if I were his manager [at Bournemouth]," McCarthy said. "I'd want to make sure that my player was fit for me at the start of next season. If Ryan came here and got injured again he'd be in here working all pre-season and have no rest time."

Friday's weather: Patchy cloud and isolated showers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Any patches of frost or mist will quickly clear leaving most of us dry today, although there will be one or two showers around they'll also be some sunshine which will make it feel quite pleasant.

Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Bowls: Rednall into Jersey final

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Baylham bowls player Katherine Rednall's through to the final of the WIBC World Indoor Championships in Jersey, after a 9-4, 7-5 victory over Scotland's Lesley Doig.

Getty Images

The 20-year-old - who's still the youngest ever winner of a World Indoor Bowls title - will face Chloe Watson of Ireland this morning.

Morning headlines: Historic child abuse jail sentence 'should encourage' other victims to speak out... Question mark over future of Ipswich Beer Festival

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The news so far this Friday morning:

Travel: Overturned car blocks B1508 in Little Cornard

BBC Travel

The B1508 Bures Road is blocked in Little Cornard at Kedington Hill, because of an overturned car.

Welcome to Friday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning, it's great to have you with us for our final Suffolk Live of the week.

Between now and 18:00 my colleagues and I will bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

It's a beautiful day across Suffolk so far as this photograph taken by Weather Watcher "Whimsical@Chedburgh" illustrates:

Chedburgh sunrise
Weather Watcher 'Whimsical@Chedburgh'