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  1. A14 closed near Stowmarket after lorries crash
  2. A scheme to improve health in children - co-created by Suffolk tennis star Elena Baltacha - is being rolled out nationwide, almost two years after her death
  3. Anglers say rules banning fishing at Southwold Harbour are unfair and should be relaxed
  4. Fire crews have pulled a horse from a water-filled ditch at Hoo, near Wickham Market
  5. Updates for Monday, 11 April 2016

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Overnight weather: Occasional rain with a chance of some mist patches

BBC Weather

A mixture of dry spells and showery outbreaks of rain overnight, with the possibility of some mist patches forming too, particularly in the west of the county. Lows of 8C (46F).

Temperature chart

Tomorrow will see cloud and rain clearing to the north during the morning, with brighter, drier conditions following on. Slight risk of some slow-moving thundery showers by mid-afternoon. Highs of 14C (57F).

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

Pictures: Nesting birds in Eye tractor puts work on hold

Diss Express

A blackbird has put agricultural work at an Eye home on hold — after nesting in a tractor.

Nesting bird
Diss Express

Speedway: Mildenhall manager critical of West Row track

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers team manager Rob Henry has said the condition of the circuit hindered his team in yesterday's National Trophy defeat to Kent Kings.

Rob Henry
Cambridge News

The home side finished the meeting with five riders after crashes involving Connor Mountain and Luke Ruddick.

"Track conditions played against us a bit today," said Henry. "The staff worked really hard this morning but it's the same old story here; we're losing a fighting battle sometimes to get the track race-fit for everybody, so it's safe." 

Bishop in U21s facing Wednesday

Teddy Bishop will continue his comeback from injury when the Town U21s take on Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road this evening (KO 19:00).  

A14 expected to stay closed through rush-hour

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police says the A14 is expected to stay closed at Stowmarket throughout the rush-hour this evening following the earlier collision between two lorries at J50.

It says the central reservation was "badly damaged" in the crash, and investigations and repairs are taking place.

AFC Sudbury: Manager Godbold praises his players

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

AFC Sudbury's promotion to the Ryman Premier Division was confirmed by Saturday's 1-0 win at Tilbury.

AFC Sudbury players and management

Craig Parker's goal also meant The Yellows have broken the 100-points barrier, and have an unassailable 11 point lead in Division North, with their closest rivals having just two more games to play.

Manager Jamie Godbold said: "The commitment that the lads have put in, and not just on match days, but from the moment we started pre-season has been exceptional. Their attitude, ability and commitment has mixed into a winning team."

Ipswich Town: Mills backs McCarthy to turn things around

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town legend Mick Mills (pictured) disagrees with supporters who are calling for a change of manager at Portman Road and believes Mick McCarthy is still the man for the job.

Mick Mills
Getty Images

Mills told BBC Suffolk: "The one thing that Mick McCarthy has done since he came here is stabilise the club and I know people don't like the word, and think it's being over-used, and say there's got to be a little bit more on show.

"But he's been very unlucky to lose [creative] players like Teddy Bishop, David McGoldrick and Ryan Fraser for large parts of the season."

BreakingMinister appointed to oversee devolution

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has been appointed as minister to oversee East Anglian devolution. 

Matthew Hancock MP

It follows concerns that the deal, announced in last month's budget for a directly-elected mayor for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, was running into trouble. 

I understand that Mr Hancock will be in charge of leading negotiations between the 23 local councils, several of whom have expressed concern that the devolution process is being rushed. 

Increase in number of emergency calls from Suffolk to ambulance service

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Figures from the East of England Ambulance Trust show a 20% increase in the number of emergency calls made to it from Suffolk last month, compared to the same period last year.


The trust says it received 11,882 calls to the 999 number, compared to 9,898 in March 2015. Across the region, there was an average increase of 21%, with the largest rise in Cambridgeshire.

A spokesman said it was difficult to put the increase down to any one reason, but said March's increases followed rises in February, when the public were urged to use 999 "wisely", and January, which was described as their "busiest-ever January".

Man extradited from Romania jailed for Bury St Edmunds attempted rape

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man arrested in his home country of Romania and brought back to the UK in February has begun a prison sentence for four offences, including attempted rape and sexual assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds last May.

Shakers Lane Bury St Edmunds

Andu Nedelcu, 20, had originally denied the attempted rape charge but changed his plea at Ipswich Crown Court last Tuesday.

He was sentenced to six years and eight months on Friday.

Mick McCarthy: 'Relationship with fans turning sour'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy's admitted Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Brentford has done little to improve his rapport with the club's supporters.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

The loss leaves Town eight points adrift of the Championship play-off places, with just five more games to go, meaning a 15th consecutive season in the second tier is almost guaranteed.

"It's a shame, really, because we've had such a great relationship," McCarthy said. "It's turning a bit sour and I cannot really do it... without the fans' support and everybody else's; it makes the job even harder still."

Hospital's £1.5m donor was 'lovable rogue'

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Friends of former second-hand car trader Peter Gibbons, 90, who left £1.5m in his will to Ipswich Hospital, which treated him for heart disease, told the East Anglian Daily Times he was "a lovable rogue".

Peter Gibbons
Tricia Walton/EADT

Trisha Walton, an executor of Mr Gibbons' will, said: "You heard rumours about his money, but when we found out how much it was we were quite shocked. He was a bit of a lovable rogue; a bit of a wheeler dealer.

"People who knew him just knew that was the way he was - that was him and he was quite happy."

Ipswich Hospital 'delighted' at biggest-ever donation

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Hospital has received its largest-ever donation, £1.5m, from a 90-year-old man who said in his will he wanted it to go towards revamping four wards and making them dementia-friendly.

Ipswich Hospital

Peter Gibbons, who lived in Bramford and died last year at the hospital after a six-year battle with heart disease, was "thrifty" and sold second-hand cars and trailers, according to his friends Gary and Tricia Walton.

Head of charity at the hospital, Kate Ashton, said: "We do have people who kindly remember the hospital charity in their will... We haven't had one like this [before], but every gift is important."

Town turmoil: What's gone wrong at Portman Road?

Here's at look at the back page of today's Ipswich Star:

Ipswich Star sport's page
Ipswich Star

Travel: A14 latest

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The latest information we have from Suffolk Police is that the A14 remains closed in both directions at Stowmarket following this morning's collision between two lorries.

We've also been told that the collision further west on the A14 in the Bury St Edmunds area, originally reported as involving a lorry and two caravans, in fact involved a car and a lorry, and that incident has now been resolved.

Get the latest on what's happening on the county's roads from the BBC Travel website.

Man charged after officer injured while making arrest

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man from Hadleigh has been charged after an incident that left a police officer hurt at the weekend.

The 22-year-old was arrested on Saturday evening after an incident outside the Cock Inn on George Street.

He is due before magistrates in Ipswich at the end of month accused of resisting an officer in the execution of his duty, and criminal damage and threatening behaviour relating to two incidents in the town last month.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy explains surprise Smith omission

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has told BBC Suffolk Sport why defender Tommy Smith was dropped for Saturday's home game against Brentford.

Tommy Smith
Getty Images

The 26-year-old - who had previously been an ever-present in the league all season - had just helped the club keep successive clean sheets against Wolves and Charlton.

McCarthy said: "We were playing at home and it was to have two full-backs who would play a bit more football and to have a right-sided centre-back and a left-sided centre-back, just to give us a bit more balance."

Lunchtime headlines: A14 collisions cause major disruption for drivers... Bury St Edmunds shooting court case adjourned

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories:

  • Police ask drivers to avoid A14 west of Ipswich if possible after a series of collisions
  • A court case involving five men accused of conspiracy to murder, following a shooting in Bury St Edmunds last August, has been adjourned at Ipswich CrownCourt
  • Rules banning fishing at Southwold Harbour are "unfair", say anglers

Afternoon weather: Fine at first but rain's on its way

BBC Weather

Dry and breezy at first this afternoon, but it will turn increasingly cloudy later, with outbreaks of rain spreading to southern and western parts by the early evening. Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Great Bricett
Weather Watcher 'Hale'

This photograph of a springlike Great Bricett was taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Hale".

If you're not sure what a Weather Watcher is, then take a look at the website.

Lorry driver airlifted to Addenbrooke's after A14 collision

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A lorry driver was freed from his vehicle following a collision on the A14 at Stowmarket this morning. He was treated for a suspected broken wrist and an abdomen injury, and airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in a stable condition.

East of England Ambulance Service says a second male was treated for minor injuries, including neck pains, before being taken by land to Ipswich Hospital, also in a stable condition.

The latest information from Suffolk Police is that both lanes are currently closed.

Rugby: Bury all but secure their National League Two status

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A fifth win in six games means Bury St Edmunds are almost certain to be playing in National League Two again next season.

Bury St Edmunds rugby players
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolfpack won 27-15 at Southend on Saturday to move them up to sixth in the table.

With just three more games of the season to go Bury are on 65 points, 15 points clear of third from bottom Dorking.

Milne: Stick With Us

MD Ian Milne has urged wavering season ticket-holders to stick with the Blues, despite Town now looking highly unlikely to repeat last season’s play-off finish.  

Hyam 'distraught' over Judge injury

BBC Sport

Ipswich defender Luke Hyam says he is "distraught" after his tackle led to Brentford's Alan Judge's lower leg fracture.

Luke Hyam
Getty Images

Hyam was booked for the second-minute tackle and later sent off for a second yellow card in first-half injury time.

"I'd like to contact him in a day or so and give him my best and say how sorry I am," Hyam told Town's club website.

Travel: A14 reopens westbound at Stowmarket

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police tell us the westbound carriageway has now reopened at Stowmarket, following the earlier collision between two lorries.

'This pitch isn't safe for kids' says footballer who suffered these horrific facial injuries

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

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Travel latest : Three separate incidents affecting drivers on A14

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic westbound between J52 (B1113 Claydon) and J51 (A140 Needham Market) because of an accident involving three vehicles.

There's also  been an accident eastbound on the A14, involving a lorry and two caravans, between J42 and J43 (Westley and Bury Central) 

You can get the latest on both these incidents, as well as the closure of the A14 at Stowmarket, by checking BBC Travel.

Travel: Further problems for drivers on the A14

Cyclists involved in collision in Hessett during time trials

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A cyclist was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge yesterday with a serious head injury, following a collision with another cyclist during time trials in Hessett, near Bury St Edmunds.

The second rider was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital with back and head injuries.

Both men are believed to be in their 30s. The Beyton to Felsham road was closed for about three hours.


A14 collision: Driver trapped in cab

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) says one of the drivers involved in this morning's collision between two lorries on the A14 at Stowmarket is trapped in his cab, and has sustained abdominal injuries.

Another person, thought to be the second driver, has received chest injuries and was treated for shock.

The SFRS spokeswoman added that two other people were also receiving treatment, although East of England Ambulance Service has been unable to confirm this.

A14 closed at Stowmarket 'for the time being' says Suffolk Police

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police says the A14 will be closed at J50 at Stowmarket "for the time being" following a collision between two lorries which has led to one of the lorries hitting the central reservation.

The air ambulance is among the emergency services on the scene.

Travel: Air ambulance on the scene of A14 crash

Bury shooting: Court case adjourned

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

I've been to Ipswich Crown Court this morning, where there's been an adjournment of the trial of five men accused of conspiracy to murder.

The charges relate to a shooting in Bury St Edmunds last August.

The trial was due to get under way today.

Travel: Latest on A14 collision at Stowmarket

Fire crews spend nearly four hours rescuing horse from a ditch

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A horse was rescued from mud in the Suffolk countryside yesterday. 

Fire crews and a vet were called to Chimers Lane in Hoo, near Wickham Market, to pull the 16-hand male from a water-filled ditch. 

The colt had to be sedated first. Crews were on site for nearly four hours.

Speedway: A miserable couple of days for Suffolk sides

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There were defeats for both Ipswich Witches and Mildenhall Fen Tigers this weekend.

Foxhall Stadium

On Saturday night the Witches opened up their Premier League campaign with a 53-39 loss at Rye House.

Yesterday the Fen Tigers lost 48-42 at home to Kent Kings in their first National Trophy meeting of the season.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski wins fans' award

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been voted the Supporters Club Player of the Year.

Bartosz Bialkowski
Getty Images

The 28-year-old Pole has been in exceptional form since replacing the injured Dean Gerken in early February, keeping three clean sheets in his last five games.

Striker Freddie Sears came second, with defender Tommy Smith third.

Rules banning fishing at Southwold Harbour 'unfair', say anglers

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Anglers say rules banning fishing at Southwold harbour are unfair and should be relaxed. They also say the number of warning signs on both sides of the harbour is "polluting" the area.

No fishing sign

Aldo Assirati, from Ipswich, who used to love fishing at Southwold, says: "After 40 years of fishing there or more, all of a sudden this insidious creep of 'you cannot do this, you can't do that' has got worse."

Waveney District Council said fishing was prohibited within any part of the harbour, although it conceded it would like to see fewer signs up.